Yep, there are so many counterfeit i350 cards on eBay that if I need to buy one I make sure it is from a Dell server pull.I always pick Used or OEM NIC card for home or others.
the AM4 ... the only difference is that it is sold to OEMs for them to build cards around
If yours is not a counterfeit then what brand is it? If AM4 are sold to OEMs then it can not be an Intel. When you search for an Intel i350-AM4 a "Sedna" brand is shown on Amazon. And on NewEgg a "StarTech" brand is shown.While mine isn't a "counterfeit"
It's interesting that they also list a T4 variant on their site, which should be Intel only to my knowledge.Winyao is the brand from memory
Cross your fingers! For me, paying a little more for the genuine product is worth it. But, it's your prerogative to purchase whatever brand you choose. My aim to share information. Here's a quote form another there here:All I know is mine works but I am tempted to move to these cheap Mellanox things...maybe when it fails...
Thought I'd update this thread, I've had my card in my PFSense build for 8 months. Over the past few weeks it began to incur errors, eventually 8,000 packets a day were being dropped by the adapter. That was within the last week. I took the adapter out and replaced it with a retail Intel 1000 CT Pro. Problems gone, no more errors.
So it would appear that these Chinese cards aren't that durable, it sat in that PFSense box powered on 24.7 for 8 months only being power cycled for the occasional PFSense softare update and it seems to have just died out slowly.
I think in future I'll stick to the retail ones these cheap cards aren't worth the hassle.
Does Intel put YottaMark stickers on their low-end adapters? While it is certainly possible to counterfeit the hologram (as Microsoft, Cisco, etc. have all discovered), the YottaMark trace data includes the MAC address of the card. So any cloned stickers would either be on cards with the wrong MAC address or more than one fake card wouldn't work on the same LAN segment.
I haven't personally come across any Intel i350 cards with a YottaMark authenticity sticker - even though it is listed on the YottaMark site. I have seen them on newer Intel SFP cards such x520. It is also important to pay attention that the T4 card has reached EOL, unlike the AM4 variant. When purchasing an EOL card it is important to take notice of the date code stamped onto chips. Though I am unaware of the exact EOL date. If you glance at my close up chip photos, the first line depicted is the part number and the last line is the date - in the format of the last 2 digits of the year and then 2 digits for the week. There is not a single chip stamped older than year 13 on the genuine card, while the counterfeit has a year 15 date on the big inductor photo.Does Intel put YottaMark stickers on their low-end adapters? While it is certainly possible to counterfeit the hologram (as Microsoft, Cisco, etc. have all discovered), the YottaMark trace data includes the MAC address of the card. So any cloned stickers would either be on cards with the wrong MAC address or more than one fake card wouldn't work on the same LAN segment.
Many counterfeit products come from either ghost shifts at authorized factories or are produced in factories where assembly was previously outsourced.
Many of the counterfeits are good enough to get past the manufacturer. For example, Cisco requires a serial number to add a device to a support contract. I've encountered a number of cases where a counterfeit was added to a contract after passing serial number validation by Cisco. In other words, the serial number is both listed as an authorized serial number in Cisco's database and has not been previously registered on a support contract, so it is unlikely to be a simple cloned serial number.
Intel says they have been using it on selected cards since 2009, and that as of 2011 "nearly every" Intel Ethernet adapter has the label. The knowledgebase article specifically includes the I350 cards.I haven't personally come across any Intel i350 cards with a YottaMark authenticity sticker - even though it is listed on the list on the YottaMark site. I have seen them on the newer Intel SFP cards such x520. It is also important to note that it the T4 card has reached EOL, unlike the AM4 variant.
Correct, that is also precisely what I stated.The knowledgebase article specifically includes the I350 cards.
I hold greater experience with various server pulled OEM cards than retail/bulk variants and I don't recall many if any of the OEM cards having YottaStickers. I have not came across anything substantial to confirm or deny this, perhaps it has recently changed. Interestingly enough, Dell does place stickers on their OEM Intel cards with their own part numbers, a partial MAC and a QR code - which possibly contains a form of unique authenticity validation. The stickers which contain the serial numbers also use a slightly different font, with the genuine appearing bold and a smaller size.I've seen it on BLK (bulk-pack) cards. Maybe Intel doesn't put it on cards they sell to OEMs? That would seem to be a major oversight, as those are usually the cards that end up in the resale channel and could benefit from verification. Either that, or there are a lot more counterfeits out there...
you would be surprise how chinese make many clones.
interesting, I would search and read to add my knowledge.arghh try to be outsmart...Even Newegg can get scammed every once in a while. Do a search for "Newegg fake CPU".
IBM/Lenovo part numbers