Stolen GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards from EVGA were found in Vietnam. In November last year it was reported that strangers on the way from San Francisco to Southern California stole an entire truck with a load of graphics cards on the Ampere architecture, starting with the GeForce RTX 3060 up to the RTX 3090.
Vietnamese users report that the stolen accelerators were sold at local retailer Cong Nguyen. All cards that are issued at below market prices are guaranteed for one month by the seller. Both facts suggest that the accelerators were brought into the country through unofficial channels.
One of the users who bought two GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards from the stated seller decided to check his serial numbers on the manufacturer’s website to confirm the warranty. The EVGA website reported that these cards were part of a stolen shipment:
“On October 29, 2021, graphics accelerators of the EVGA GeForce RTX 30 series were stolen during transport. The serial number you entered to verify the warranty is from the card that was part of that stolen shipment. “– The EVGA website informs the user.
The situation is very strange, especially considering that the Vietnamese seller in question is a very large local retailer. But apparently one cannot expect an investigation into the circumstances of the theft. It is not that easy to trace the path of graphics cards from California to Vietnam. Additionally, shoppers are unlikely to agree to participate in investigative activities and put their cards up for review at the risk of being left without graphics accelerators and money.