Counterfeit Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Cards Out in The Wild

4 Jul

We should start that what you see in the video above is not a joke, it is real and what we got with an order of GTX 1080 Ti video cards from a reputable European online retailer. Three seemingly brand new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti video cards ended up with surprising contents, scrap metal instead of the GPUs we expected to find inside. The video cards seemed like brand new and unopened, they were GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition from Gigabyte, all boxes packed with a nylon and with stickers on the boxes as you can see on the video. Yet when you open them up you end up with a surprising content and definitely what you would expect to find inside the box of such an expensive GPU…

Some supplier on somebody on the supply chain has apparently made quite the effort to make these as aside from packaging the boxes to make them seem like new, the contents was made to be the exact same weight as the original box with a real card inside. Obviously the retailer does not open the boxes to check if they contain the correct item, but they can easily weight the boxes and confirm if there is something wrong or not without opening the box. The actual video cards will find their place on eBay or any other place for selling them or maybe they will get used for mining.

Putting pieces of scrap metal with additional lead weight and packaging them in a way that they will not make strange noises when handing the box, some effort to make a counterfeit Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti. Then repackaging the whole thing and shipping it to the seller that in turn sends it to customers and in the end you get an angry customer that is no way happy with what he gets instead of the GPU he expected and paid for.

You may find different prices of scrap metal inside the box, but each one is well made in order to avoid possible suspicion of an issue like metal parts hitting and making strange noises or the package being too light or too heavy.

Of course buying from a reputable retailer will get your problem with the scrap metal instead of GPUs resolved with some extra headaches and time, so nothing too serious besides the bad surprise. Regardless if you are buying GPUs for mining or for gaming, just be careful that you do not buy online from places where returning the items if you end up with a problem like ours will not be an issue.

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16 Responses to Counterfeit Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Cards Out in The Wild


July 4th, 2017 at 00:46

I have never encountered a card that had a thin nylon packaging outside of the box. And I had a fair amount of cards from different shops in my hand over the years. I did receive cards that were already opened or even had missing plastic port plugs but they always worked perfectly.

Maybe the perpetrators sealed the boxes with the nylon cover so the retailer wouldn’t break it to check the contents?


July 4th, 2017 at 00:56

EVGA cards normally do come with plastic packaging and an opening on the box, so that you can see the actual video card inside.

Like this one:

Tony Tran

July 4th, 2017 at 16:09

Ok now I’m confused why the hell does he needs 3 GTX1080TI cards for what? Unless his going to Mine Ethereum ETH isn’t AMD RX580 & RX480 better for it ? Hell even the GTX1060 & GTX1070 should do fine for mining CryptoCurrency.

Dickie Hatton

July 4th, 2017 at 19:43

According to whattomine the rx480’s hash at 29MH/s whilst the 1080ti hashes at around 35MH/s. You’re point’s still more than valid, why would they spend 3x the cash on a card that hashes just I’ve 18% faster… I have no idea.


July 4th, 2017 at 23:44

Probably because he can mine ALT coins much faster with the Ti


July 5th, 2017 at 00:43

Obviously you actually never tried to buy a number of RX 480/580 at this time, did you? There are simply nearly none available, especially at sane prices.


July 5th, 2017 at 02:11

They can mine other altcoins with that card, besides amd cards slow down as dag increase while nvidia cards are not affected and soon will be faster

Mr Mikael Simpson

July 5th, 2017 at 10:16

Stop complaining melt down the metal and stamp your self a GTX 2089 ti instead , did Minecraft teach you nothing


July 5th, 2017 at 11:20

Because the 1080ti is the single best card for one algorithm..


July 5th, 2017 at 12:18


July 5th, 2017 at 11:20

Because the 1080ti is the single best card for one algorithm..

which is?


July 5th, 2017 at 16:22


Lbry.. oh and Equihash… and Lyra2rev2…


July 5th, 2017 at 16:37

The best video I have ever seen =)


July 5th, 2017 at 16:41

oh ok. I thought you had some new algo in mind that works exceptionally well with gddr5x


July 10th, 2017 at 14:14

Why dont you name the reseller.


August 5th, 2017 at 15:38

I had the same, a black bit of rubber was in mine, got replaced easily enough


April 11th, 2018 at 11:29

What a load of bullsh*t, look at his reaction when he finds out that his €700,- cards are scrap metal.
He clearly knew what was in the box before he opens them.
And why film this anyway when it’s not a unifying video…

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