Comparison: Intel i350-T4 Genuine vs Fake

keenox

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I'll post some pictures tonight when I get home. I also crosschecked one barcode on the box and it finds the bulk version of the card. The "L233752-OEM" text was printed directly on the box, so might not be related to the card directly.
 

weust

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For the price you paid for it and the barcode showing a bulk version, it might be real.
So far :)

The one I bought still works fine. It surprises me, tbh.
 

keenox

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Sorry, got sidetracked and didn't have time to take the card out.

So, here are the pics:

 
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weust

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Both links show "Error fetching original image".

But I see yellow stickers on the bracket. Those aren't standard, especially with hand written text on it.
This is not a new card.
 

weust

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Aah ok :)

At least it has more stickers then mine. Can't say anything else about it.
 

ClintE

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Thanks to all for the info in this great thread!

I quickly found out I had a counterfeit I350 card and replaced it with a *real* Dell server pull. The counterfeit was working fine for about 5 months, but wasn't going to take any chances. Contacted eBay seller, didn't expect anything, and they promised a discount on next purchase through them. Mainly wanted to inform them about their supplier for future reference.

Cheers!
 

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Can't you just check the genuine sticker and serial # on the back? Or is that a recent verification thing.
 

Samir

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Thanks to all for the info in this great thread!

I quickly found out I had a counterfeit I350 card and replaced it with a *real* Dell server pull. The counterfeit was working fine for about 5 months, but wasn't going to take any chances. Contacted eBay seller, didn't expect anything, and they promised a discount on next purchase through them. Mainly wanted to inform them about their supplier for future reference.

Cheers!
Link to seller please?
 

Samir

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Can't you just check the genuine sticker and serial # on the back? Or is that a recent verification thing.
A lot of times they duplicate these too, and you only find out when you actually send it in for warranty that you don't have one.
 
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ClintE

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Link to seller please?
Here's the eBay link to the seller of the Dell I350, but doesn't look like they have any more.

syil443 on eBay

I also purchased a Cisco I350 server pull from this seller; looks like they have another one. A couple components on the card are just a little bit different, but main ones look genuine. Only short bracket on these, but full brackets are available from lots of sellers. I might grab another one from this seller for a spare.

ferrash00 on eBay

Good luck!
 

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Here's the eBay link to the seller of the Dell I350, but doesn't look like they have any more.

syil443 on eBay

I also purchased a Cisco I350 server pull from this seller; looks like they have another one. A couple components on the card are just a little bit different, but main ones look genuine. Only short bracket on these, but full brackets are available from lots of sellers. I might grab another one from this seller for a spare.

ferrash00 on eBay

Good luck!
He's got a 1TB spinner IBM HD listed as a "Plug In Module" :confused:
 

ClintE

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He's got a 1TB spinner IBM HD listed as a "Plug In Module" :confused:
Yeah, saw that also, rather strange.

I put in a bid for another Cisco I350 card. The one I have is working great, looking to expand the system's ethernet ports.

Noticed that the Dell card doesn't show support for SR-IOV but the Cisco does. Is that a good thing for the Cisco card, and not so good for the Dell? Or is it even necessary?
 

ClintE

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I'm on my third Cisco quad-port I350 card now with zero problems. All three report the same characteristics, like SR-IOV and such.

The Dell card works great, but doesn't show SR-IOV capabilities.

Thanks to all for comments etc.!
 

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Does this i350-T4 look legit?:

i350t4.jpg

The "Delta" on the ethernet transformers is embossed and the heatsink is the correct / bulkier size. The inductor in the bottom right corner of the card is different though. I tried searching for the "BI31100LF" part number, but nothing shows up.

Does anybody have a known legit Dell THGMP card that looks like mine, or do all the legit cards have the "EE 831-03362F" on the inductor?
 

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If it's a Dell card, it's not as high a chance to be a fake. I finally gave up on finding a genuine intel dual 1000PT server pci-x and went with the HP version that were genuine server pulls and cheaper too boot. Still have them all running too. :)
 
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ClintE

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I've been having great luck with the Cisco cards; 3 in a row and no fakes. SR-IOV function also available, unlike Dell cards.
 

hippyhappo

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If it's a Dell card, it's not as high a chance to be a fake. I finally gave up on finding a genuine intel dual 1000PT server pci-x and went with the HP version that were genuine server pulls and cheaper too boot. Still have them all running too. :)
Yeah, I swear like 90% of the cards I've looked at are fakes. I tried to find a card that was as close to identical to the genuine Dell card in this thread. The image on the listing was identical to the genuine card, but the one I received was slightly different. The listing said they were server pulls, but who knows.