Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 20-series (Turing) graphics playing cards might not be on the listing of finest graphics playing cards, however they’re persevering with to make headlines. Sellers are reportedly repainting reminiscence modules on graphics playing cards once more. This time, nonetheless, the purpose is not to make mining graphics playing cards look new however to cover that some Turing graphics playing cards are utilizing older Micron GDDR6 reminiscence modules that could possibly be problematic.
Shortly after the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti launch, many early adopters reported that their new toys offered artifacts, and a few even suffered untimely loss of life. The Turing flagship debuted with Micron GDDR6 reminiscence modules; nonetheless, Nvidia later swapped them out for Samsung GDDR6 ones. The substitute items that affected GeForce RTX 2080 Ti homeowners obtained had been utilizing Samsung GDDR6 reminiscence, main affected customers to consider that the preliminary Micron GDDR6 reminiscence modules had been defective. Whereas Nvidia did acknowledge that some early GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Version fashions had been faulty, the chipmaker by no means confirmed that the difficulty was brought on by the GDDR6 chips.
“Restricted take a look at escapes from early boards precipitated the problems some clients have skilled with RTX 2080 Ti Founders Version. We stand prepared to assist any clients who’re experiencing issues. Please go to www.nvidia.com/assist (opens in new tab) to talk reside with the Nvidia tech assist staff (or to ship us an electronic mail) and we’ll deal with it,” wrote an Nvidia consultant in a discussion board submit (opens in new tab) titled “RTX 2080 Ti Founders Version: Contact Us.”
Nonetheless, the issue wasn’t unique to GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics playing cards with Micron reminiscence. There have been a couple of studies of the identical situation occurring on samples with Samsung reminiscence. Sadly, it is a closed case, and we by no means obtained affirmation on it.
Brazilian YouTuber Paulo Gomes (opens in new tab) had uncovered that GeForce RTX 20-series graphics playing cards being bought on AliExpress had repainted reminiscence modules. The latest discovery as soon as once more sparked curiosity within the case of the Micron chips. The graphics card was seemingly utilizing 9XB77 D9WCW chips. After scraping off the thermoadhesive, Gomes seen that the reminiscence modules are the 8RA77 D9WCW revision pertaining to the alleged batch that precipitated issues for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Some samples had been utilizing the 8PA77 variant.
The truth that the vendor is disguising the unique reminiscence modules is an effective trigger for suspicion. Who is aware of the place the reminiscence modules got here from, or their situation? For all we all know, it is a native workshop that is soldering these doubtful reminiscence modules onto Turing boards and promoting them for a revenue. It is attainable that the graphics playing cards will work for a while (or at the least lengthy sufficient earlier than AliExpress’ purchaser safety coverage expires).
Sadly, AliExpress’ fame has been tarnished over the past couple of years due to shady retailers that promote bogus merchandise, such 30TB transportable SSDs or 16TB SSDs. It is a disgrace, as a result of you’ll find some legit offers on processors or graphics playing cards on there in the event you can spot the true deal from the phony stuff.