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Counterfeit NVIDIA graphics cards found in German retail channel

Posted on Thursday, August 28 2014 @ 13:15:16 CEST by

News hit the web that several hundred fake NVIDIA graphics cards have been sold by German retailers. The fake cards have boxes that claim they are GeForce GTX 660 4GB or GeForce GTX 650 4GB graphics cards but the GPU is actually the older and much slower GeForce GT 440 GPU.

The BIOS of these cards has been reflashed so they identify as GeForce GTX 660/650 models but a quick benchmark easily reveals these cards aren't the real deal.

German tech site Heise reports the fake cards entered the German retail channel via distributor Kosatec, who bought the cards in good faith from Dutch graphics card vendor Point of View.

Point of View in turn denies any wrongdoing, claiming they sourced the cards from Chinese manufacturers. The parties involved and NVIDIA are investigating the issue and are planning a recall to ensure anyone who bought one of the fake cards will be able to get a refund.



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