During the holiday season last year we ran an article detailing how clever con-artists on eBay and other places were selling scam fake GPUs. This was during a time when graphics cards prices were through the roof selling for more than double the MSRP at times during the great crypto-mining GPU shortage of the late twenty-teens. Not only were people desperate to find a good deal on any graphics card that could rope in modern games, there were those desperate to pull a quick buck off some unsuspecting newcomer.
Thankfully a savvy graphics card shopper would have easily spotted that these were fakes, but people not however fell victim. Following this quite a few Tech YouTubers ordered up several of these cards to see just what was going on, the findings were a bit interesting. Most of what was found was that much older GPU cores from years gone by had been reflashed to appear as newer graphics cards, often having much less actual memory that what was being represented in GPU-Z.
And that's where we get to the important part, GPU-Z. TPU has finally updated the latest version of GPU-Z to detect these fake GPUs to help out people who have been unceremoniously duped into saving a few bucks. The latest v2.12.0 added detection for fake graphics cards using old relabeled NVIDIA GPUs (G84, G86, G92, G94, G96, GT215, GT216, GT218, GF108, GF106, GF114, GF116, GF119, GK106)....that's a lot of potential faked GPUs floating around the internet.
Sure, most of our readers here know better than think you can find a GTX 1050 Ti brand new with this crazy looking heatsink for $50, but as we enter the holiday season there's a lot of people who don't know better. I guess at this point it's best to let as many people who might be buying a card for themselves or someone else know that this scam is still alive and well, but at least now there's a way to easily and quickly detect if you or someone you know has been victimized by poor purchasing decisions and shady back ally eBay con-persons.
News Source: TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.12.0 Released