Originally Posted by strong island 1
It drives me nuts. I have this beautiful system and the gpu has a great backplate and I look in my case window and the first thing I see is the stupid sticker, which is impossible to move. It completely falls apart. I dont understand why they couldn't have just left it on the pcb or a place that is not right on top where you look. The backplate is obviously mostly for looks so why do that. This card is so beautiful in every other way, especially compared to that green and yellow ZOTAC I had.
So your saying the GTX 680's that come with back plate already installed have the S/N sticker on the back plate itself and not inside on the back of the PCB? I didn't know that.
I've never seen that because all my cards are I order are without back plate and then I buy it afterward separately and install it myself.
That really does suck. It's one of the two reasons anyone puts a back plate on the card. First is protection and second more important to us who like to gaze in their self built systems, for aesthetics
The only reason I can guess them doing that is so the buyer can see the S/N sticker and validate it's there without having to remove the back plate. They should be putting that sticker on in manufacturing before the back plate and have us trust them. I'm sorry to hear that.
When the S/N sticker is on the PCB it's almost barely on there because of the circuitry keeping it from making a solid stick. I can almost peel right off whole.
Edited to add: SO technically if that card should die out you can switch back plates and they would not be the wiser. When you call them you can always give them other S/N number off the other back plate. Since I'm taking it you only did it to the card you can see the top card?
Did you take off that back plate and look inside anyway? it might be a second sticker under there.