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Scammers are selling used RTX 4090s that are broken and without a GPU.

Keep yourself safe when buying a new GPU

If you’re considering buying a used high-end graphics card then you’ll need to be extra diligent as scammers are now selling stripped-out Nvidia RTX 4090s without their AD102 die. It’s part of a new scam emerging where some people will buy up used RTX 4090s for parts for around $200 (around £160 / AU$300) and then sell them on as fully working cards to catch out those who can’t see the warning signs. Even the best graphics card can die for all manner of reasons, and selling dead cards for parts makes repairs possible through salvaged memory modules, heatsinks, PCBs, etc. However, graphics cards without their silicon are completely useless. And in this case, all the buyer bought was an MSI heatsink attached to a completely blank PCB. All the memory modules were removed along with the GPU die itself, making it an incredibly expensive plastic paperweight

A new video by Northwestrepair via YouTube highlights the extent of the issue as some less-than-savory individuals have taken to secondary reseller outlets such as Facebook Marketplace with too good to be true prices on RTX 4090 hardware. The teardown reveals that under the MSI Ventus heatsink was a board with no GPU.


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