The latest generation of graphics cards are both expensive and few in number, which has made them an attractive target for theft coups. The partner manufacturer EVGA recently experienced this, when at the end of October 2021 they were robbed of graphics cards for thousands of dollars. One of the company’s trucks was hijacked during its journey to EVGA’s distribution center in the USA and ordered on graphics cards from Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 3000 series.
► EVGA stolen on graphics cards in truck coups
At the time, EVGA announced that all stolen graphics cards were no longer covered by any warranty and warned users that they might seek out the used car market. Now the stolen graphics cards seem to have finally appeared, but in a much more unexpected place. The theft took place in California, USA and now the stolen goods are reported to have appeared in Vietnam – over 1 000 km from where they were first stolen.
The graphics cards must have been sold at a major retailer, where they were offered at a slightly lower price with a limited warranty of only one month. This is detected by Videocardz, who intercepted a Facebook post written by a disappointed customer. The post states that the person recently bought two graphics cards, which then proved impossible to register with the manufacturer. Furthermore, EVGA is said to have confirmed that this is due to the graphics cards’ serial numbers being flagged as stolen after the incident in October.
The designated retailer claims that they had no knowledge that the graphics cards were stolen, without it being noticed in connection with the customer trying to register their products. The graphics cards were not purchased directly from EVGA, but due to the lack of graphics cards chose to buy them from a separate supplier. This, they say, is the explanation for the short warranty period. They also announce that they have chosen to revoke all graphics cards for the time being.
The somewhat strange course of events has so far not been commented on by EVGA themselves. What now happens to the stolen graphics cards remains to be seen.
Source: SweClockers by www.sweclockers.com.
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