These days, some companies are actually selling unlicensed and counterfeit GeForce GPUs, and so far, we’ve wondered why NVIDIA hasn’t taken any steps to remove them. But in reality, the situation is more complex. Some obscure companies like Bingying, JieShuo, 51RSIC, Corn, among others are not official partners of NVIDIA, so they shouldn’t sell GeForce GPUs at all.
Unfortunately, popular international retailer websites like Amazon, AliExpress, eBay etc. also send these kinds of counterfeit GPUs which makes it easier for gamers to find them. If any of those products are listed as ‘shipping from China’ then one might assume that it’s not the right product, which it very well might be.
Fortunately, NVIDIA has now engaged with popular Chinese e-commerce platforms to remove this problem as merchants are no longer allowed old, second-hand RTX 20, GTX 16 or GTX 10 GPUs and four Chinese platforms at least have agreed to implement the measures taken by NVIDIA.
NVIDIA will also engage with these platforms to strengthen relations with its official partners (like ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI among others) while prioritizing newer GPU series like RTX 30 and RTX 40, which aren’t as affected by the issue as the others.
Some of the fake cards are bought from known brands at bulk and lower price which are then simply repacked with new stickers. Another example of this is mobile GPUs being sold off as desktop cards with fake names like GeForce RTX 3070TiM, which is something that NVIDIA has never allowed. Some companies also ship these cards with drivers infested with malware, to make things worse.
Props to NVIDIA for finally taking measures to eliminate fake counterfeit GeForce GPUs from the market, although they should have done this a lot sooner since the problem isn’t new and has been going on for quite some time.
NVIDIA Corporation is an American multinational technology company incorporated in Delaware, based in Santa Clara, California. They design graphics processing units (GPUs) for the gaming and professional markets, as well as system on chip units (SoCs) for the mobile computing and automotive market.
Best known for the “GeForce” lines of GPUs, they are a direct competitor to AMD’s “Radeon” series. NVIDIA has also expanded its offerings with its handheld game consoles Shield Portable, Shield Tablet, and Shield Android TV and its cloud gaming service GeForce Now.