Chinese Companies Transforming GeForce Cards into AI-Accelerators: Unveiling the Shady Practice

Have you ever wondered what happens to those gaming cards purchased by shady Chinese companies? It turns out that some of them are being transformed into AI-accelerators for profit. In this article, we delve into the origins of blower-style RTX 4090 GPUs in the Chinese market and uncover the surprising practice of dismantling and repurposing these cards. Join me, Jessica Evans, as we explore this shady world of Chinese companies turning gaming cards into AI powerhouses.

Chinese Companies Repurposing GeForce Cards for Profit

Unveiling the surprising practice of Chinese companies transforming gaming cards into AI-accelerators.

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Chinese companies are taking advantage of the high demand for GeForce cards by repurposing them into AI-accelerators. This practice, which has recently come to light, sheds light on the shady side of the market. These companies are dismantling RTX 4090 cards and using their components to create entirely new GPUs with different coolers.

The choice of blower-style coolers is attributed to their effectiveness in multi-GPU environments, making them suitable for AI-farms and crypto-farms. However, this practice raises concerns as it intersects with recent news about export bans on RTX 4090 to China. Due to U.S. sanctions, existing cards need to be disassembled to obtain the necessary chips.

Shortage of RTX 4090 and Alternative Plans

Exploring the shortage of RTX 4090 cards and the alternative plans of Chinese board partners.

Earlier reports highlighted a shortage of RTX 4090 cards, leading to a surge in their global average price. NVIDIA was said to be supporting domestic board partners in China with large GPU shipments. However, it now appears that these board partners had alternative plans for these cards.

Photographs reveal pallets of popular RTX 4090 cards from various brands awaiting disassembly. This suggests that no board partner took measures to prevent this practice or was exempt from it. The extracted components, such as coolers and empty boards, are also being sold separately, providing opportunities for cooler upgrades or spare parts.

Implications of U.S. Export Restrictions

Examining the implications of U.S. export restrictions on the Chinese market.

The practice of repurposing gaming cards into AI-accelerators in China intersects with the recent U.S. export restrictions on RTX 4090 cards. These sanctions prohibit the shipment of new AD102 GPUs to China, creating a need to disassemble existing cards to obtain the necessary chips.

This situation raises questions about the responsibility of distributors, board partners, and NVIDIA. Distributors and board partners supplying cards to these companies should be held accountable, while NVIDIA should have taken measures to prevent such practices from flourishing under their watch.

Shady Business and Its Impact

Uncovering the shady business of repurposing gaming cards and its impact on the Chinese market.

It is disheartening to see gaming GPUs being used for purposes they were not originally designed for. Shady Chinese companies are profiting from the already tense situation in the Chinese market due to U.S. export restrictions. The repurposing of gaming cards into AI-accelerators not only undermines the gaming community but also raises concerns about the ethics of such practices.

While some may benefit from the availability of spare parts or affordable coolers, it is important to acknowledge the larger implications of this practice. The gaming industry and consumers deserve transparency and responsible actions from all parties involved.

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