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I just got a used Gigabyte 290 reference but the serials doesn't match. The box and cooler's serial number shows I have warranty but the S/N on the PCB sticker(which is different) isn't showing to be valid. Can anyone that might have one sitting around check to see if all 3 of theirs match? Thanks
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In most cases the coolers are not serialized individually if at all. If the S/N on the pcb matches that of the box, then you are good.
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Unfortunately the S/N on the sticker on the back of the PCB doesn't match the box just the S/N on the side of the cooler(put there on a sticker by gigabyte) matches the box. Nothing looks tampered with so I don't know. Thats why I am asking if maybe someone here might have one sitting close by to where they can for sure confirm if this is or isn't normal.

One would think the S/N although different on the PCB would show something on gigabytes site other than not valid. Its got the model number on the PCB so I know its a gigabyte.
Edited by Sniper82 - 1/5/15 at 10:07pm
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Each brand has their own way of doing things and also with each generation of cards. For ex. with Cayman, the pcb's were not serialized at all, just the coolers. Then with Tahiti they went back to serials on the pcb, nothing on cooler. On Hawaii it was serial on pcb, nothing on cooler however the customs and revised cards like teh wf did things differently. Take my Lightning, the pcb is not serialized but the backplate is, go figure. That said the only serial number that really counts is the pcb. Though in my experience if the box is serialized it should at least match the pcb. It's strange that yours does not. Did you buy it new?
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I bought it used. But I bought it based on it having warranty. After doing some searching I came across this unboxing which showed the box and cooler having the same S/N but the PCB S/N is different. But its just on the reference boards from what I've seen.

For anyone who is curious time 3:40(box) 8:44(cooler) and 10:00(PCB) shows serials:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR93Uw5jwNM

I ask the guy about it but he said he bought some used and some new(he was mining) and is not sure if this was a used card. Said he never messed with anything.
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I bought it used. But I bought it based on it having warranty. After doing some searching I came across this unboxing which showed the box and cooler having the same S/N but the PCB S/N is different. But its just on the reference boards from what I've seen.

For anyone who is curious time 3:40(box) 8:44(cooler) and 10:00(PCB) shows serials:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR93Uw5jwNM

Afaik, Giga does warranty by serial number going by date of manufacture.

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GIGABYTE determines warranty based on the manufacture date. The manufacture date can be verified by the serial number found on the product. The first four digits after "SN" determine the year and week of manufacturing date. For example:

"4719331822101 SN082540084966" represents the 25th week of 2008


http://rma.gigabyte.us/DirectRMA/EndUser_Main.asp
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well my box/cooler show 1342 so that would be the 42nd week of 2013? According to that link warranty started 11/4/13. The PCB shows 1813 which is the same as the guys that did the unboxing. So this must be normal or my card is from the future?
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what problems are u having with card most of the black screen cards i repair are caused by the reference heat sink heat pipe pillow failing thay either implode or expand causing gpu to over heat to hell and back

good reflow in a proper ir reflow station or reball and there back up that's if the vrm's haven't melted down
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