The ‘fake GPU’ story so far…
A few days ago, I posted a news about AMAZON India advertising XHVGA GTX 960 as its best seller on Instagram. XHVGA is a well-known name for the wrong reasons as they are known to be a much older GTX 550/GTX 660 graphics cards with renamed information in the BIOS. These graphics cards are obviously to scam people thinking these are the newer/not-so-newer/old GTX 1050Ti and GTX 960 when in fact they are the much older cores that only get legacy support from the currently available GeForce drivers.
We knew there is more than one brand, and also used ABIT’s name on a graphics card that came out long after the company closed shut. Tracking down multiple names would be a herculean task as it would be easy for the scammer to make one name up and simply have a different GPU cooler design purchased in bulk. If one name would be tracked down as fake, many people would have been affected by it. None of this would have been possible to track down without the unverified vBIOS archives TechPowerUp! has.
TechPowerUp! Fake Detection feature in GPU-Z
TechPowerUp! has taken a step further and integrated the ability to detect such graphics cards in its GPU-Z. It highlights the name of the graphics card with ‘[FAKE]’ under the name, followed by a caution triangle. While it does not prevent the issue from happening (Well, DUH!), it enables the user to quickly identify a fake. Obviously, such integration is very appreciation and its something all information display and benchmark utilities should consider integrating. As of now, this is used to detect old and relabeled NVIDIA graphics card- since they’re the only GPUs that are renamed and sold as current or previous generation graphics.
The other main feature is the ability to extract and upload Nvidia RTX 2000 series vBIOS. It also has the ability to read a log multiple independently controlled fan-speeds on Turing which supports the feature.
- 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)
- Added BIOS saving capability for NVIDIA Turing
- Added monitoring for multiple fans on Turing
- Added fan speed % monitoring on Turing
- Added HDMI and DisplayPort info to Advanced -> NVIDIA
- Power draw on NVIDIA cards is now reported in both TDP % and Watt
- Fixed system hang caused by Valve anti-cheat
- Fixed memory bandwidth on Turing with GDDR6
- Fixed tooltip for system memory usage sensor
- Fixed broken Radeon RX 400 GPU usage monitoring on newer drivers
A word to Nvidia, TechPowerup! and our readers
This is something NVIDIA could have done by taking an initiative- or could have responded by warning its users through official newsletters and press release. But no- they remained silent. Many review and news websites reported about this, with many stories in forums, Reddit and even in GeForce forums. Many Youtubers even ordered the graphics card and systematically exposed the fake units. Nvidia didn’t bat an eye even after Amazon India’s advertisement of a fake named graphics card.
They could have implemented something to warn the user about the fake graphics card when an end user would install it. But no such implementation was done even on the new GeForce 416.34 WHQL Game Ready drivers update. This story was even shared with Nvidia GeForce via Twitter since NVIDIA India’s PR has a one-sided point-of-view and its unlikely they will share it with the core team. The primary purpose, despite what they would claim, is to stifle the review and information flow of independent websites in India simply because we called out on their PR shill. I did my job. I am still doing that for my readers who are your customers. The same couldn’t be said about your PR and marketing team atleast in India. Whitewashing is not PR! It is just a fake facade-ironically just like the graphics card label we reported about.
AMD Radeon should also be on a look-out, too. Just in case if scammers try to switch teams. It can happen. It is a concern that should not be limited to one chipmaker.
Websites like ours and TechpowerUp! are more concerned about our readers. But TechPowerUp! did something I don’t have the expertise and the userbase reach GPU-Z has! Out of professional respect, I would like to say TechPowerUp! has done a great work in implementing this and should be applauded for coming up with this fake card detection.