Fake versions of Nvidia graphics cards are currently being offered on Ebay at rather low prices (which should be your first clue), a report from c & # 39; t reveals quite a bit , Chinese traders mark old Fermi graphics chips as GeForce GTX 1060.
In a test buying campaign for the magazine in late July 2018, a total of eight graphics cards advertised as Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 were purchased on eBay. All models were offered by Chinese dealers at unusually low prices ranging from $ 54 to $ 80 for the graphics card 3GB storage model ̵
After receiving the goods and opening the boxes, the first signs of a fake were already showing: All rumored GTX 1060 had a VGA video output, which is no longer provided by Nvidia. In addition, the SLI port was incorrectly positioned. As it turns out, these GTX 450 cards are reloaded. Basically, the BIOS was changed so that it was called GTX 1060. Although the BIOS is initially unrecognizable, it can be modified and the PC first recognizes the fake GPU as GTX 1060. Another note is that the BIOS version is 70.26 .33.00, which is out of date and has support for DirectX 12 with feature level 12_1 missing The third note, the GPU has only 192 shader units; A GTX 1060 has at least 1,152 shader procs. The performance of the cards is disappointing as expected: only about 1,600 points in the 3DMark FireStrike, where that should be 10,000 points. The diagnostic tool GPU-Z (Download) has since been updated and should recognize fake graphics cards from version 2.12.0 with a prefix "FAKE" in the name field with a large exclamation point. Of course, if you see an analog VGA port on the card product photos, that's your biggest clue.
Handy, but we doubt anyone on this site would have liked it, right?