Comparison: Intel i350-T4 Genuine vs Fake

creidhne

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All these cards use genuine Intel controllers - but what we've found is that plenty of other companies than Intel are churning out the cards. Some use brands, some are unbranded, and some try hard to make their cards look like Intel cards.

The none-Intel cards are significantly cheaper, and 99.9% of the time work just fine - you definitely don't need to return these cards for refund as "fakes". But you do need to understand the differences and only pay none-Intel prices for the none-Intel cards.

The counterfeit discussion is only valid when somebody is trying to pass off none-Intel cards as Intel cards, and pricing them as Intel cards. These are the sales to avoid and return if you get stung !

There's nothing dishonest about a card not made by Intel, as long as you know it's not made by Intel...
They look correct though, with all the components as on the genuine card from the first post in this thread - even the small details match, with the exception of the small inductors (but this is v2 card, not v1 as in the first post, so maybe that's OK). There's also that extra sticker placed on the back of ethernet sockets. The ones that I got earlier come with yottamark stickers:

Screenshot 2021-07-02 at 11-26-37 Verify Code at YottaMark com.png

These don't sell well in Poland, so they just go for cheap - it's not that they were made cheaply. One of the sellers I purchased extra cards yesterday (arrives on Monday) from I got info that the cards that he has for sale come from new Dell servers - if you configure a server with 6x LAN, two ports are integrated, and Dell throws exactly those cards in. Apparently the seller didn't need all of them. I can throw in some photos of the cards when the extra few arrive on Monday. Those come with bradyid stickers, and are reporting "suspect code due to authenticating it several times" which isn't a surprise for me since photos of it were posted publicly.
 
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Terry Kennedy

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All these cards use genuine Intel controllers - but what we've found is that plenty of other companies than Intel are churning out the cards. Some use brands, some are unbranded, and some try hard to make their cards look like Intel cards.
It doesn't help that Intel themselves are making identical cards for other companies to sell. I've commented before that it would be much better if Intel labeled their own cards as something like "Intel X550-T2 Server Adapter" and the cards they make for others as "X550-T2 Server Adapter by Intel". I've also said that they should Yottamark (actually, they switched to BradyID to get a lower price) all of their cards, not just the ones packaged for individual sale to end users. But I guess the few pennies extra are more important to them than maintaining a reputation.