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"Warrany void if removed", anyone who don't use those stickers?

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So I'm looking to swap out my GPU sometime in q2 (Vega FTW... or you know 1080ti if it sucks), and while the practice varies a bit I don't really have a definitive list of who uses "warranty void" stickers on their screws. I'm well aware that it's not legally binding (at least in my country), but I would much rather get a card from a manufacturer that doesn't use them since it can sometimes be a hassle to do RMA if the sticker is removed.

Anyone know how the different manufacturers stand on this? I know Sapphire didn't use to have them on their cards at least, but I haven't gotten a new card in years so I'm sort of out of the loop. To be clear, positive confirmation on all manufacturers who either use or don't use stickers will all be really appreciated, and who knows the thread may be useful to someone else at some point to.

Status so far:
  • Asus: They use stickers. They will claim that your warranty is void if they are removed, but experiences are mixed when it comes to RMA.
    Specific quotes from the warranty agreement that represents their view:
    "Warranty invalid if serial label is removed, broken", and "Warranty invalid if disassembly by end-user or non-ASUS-authorized repair centers".
  • Sapphire: They didn't use to have stickers on their cards, but it seems their practice has changed as of late.
  • Gigabyte: Apparently they don't use stickers, which is great smile.gif
  • EVGA: No use of warranty stickers here either.
  • XFX: These guys seems to have continued the practise of using stickers for as long as I can remember, it's sad considering they make great products.
  • MSI: They use stickers, but it's unknown what their stance on removal is.

Oh and because it's there, here's a vid on removing them safely if that is more your thing.
Edited by Rainmaker91 - 4/16/17 at 8:48am
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Asus states warranty is void.

In my experience Gigabyte does not include these stickers.
 
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I'm sure someone can answer your question, but to be honest, I've always heated up the stickers with a hairdryer and using sharp tweezers/a Stanley/Utility Knife Blade, carefully and slowly pry it off.
I'll place it lightly on some clean plastic or a food bag or something, then popping it back/heating up the adhesive when the cooler screw is back on.
 
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Originally Posted by EvoBeardy View Post

I'm sure someone can answer your question, but to be honest, I've always heated up the stickers with a hairdryer and using sharp tweezers/a Stanley/Utility Knife Blade, carefully and slowly pry it off.
I'll place it lightly on some clean plastic or a food bag or something, then popping it back/heating up the adhesive when the cooler screw is back on.

Interesting, I might try to just remove it if I get one with a sticker. Though I would much rather have one without if possible since it just shows that the manufacturer have at least a little faith in the user (which is how it should be).
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunderman456 View Post

Asus states warranty is void.

In my experience Gigabyte does not include these stickers.

Cool, I think I'll make a list in the first post so that anyone else who searches for this can see it straight away biggrin.gif
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I don't remember any stickers on the EVGA cards I put under water.
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I don't remember any stickers on the EVGA cards I put under water.

Great, I'll update the list smile.gif

So far it looks like Gigabyte for a solutions with both Nvidia and AMD, EVGA for Nvidia cards and if I'm correct Sapphire for AMD cards.

Should prove to be a useful list if all the info is correct, or at least it will be useful to me (and perhaps other people wanting to do after market cooling).
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I thought those stickers were illegal under the Magnuson-Moss act?
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Xfx reference rx480 has two stickers on screws. Gigabyte 980ti gaming extreme and Evga gtx 1070 Ftw both did not have any at all.
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Originally Posted by starliner View Post

I thought those stickers were illegal under the Magnuson-Moss act?

Yeah, but that doesn't stop them from putting it on there and being somewhat reluctant to work with you if it's not there. Something to be said about this though is that while they are illegal in the US and a lot of other countries/regions (the EU for instance as well as a lot of non EU European counries like Norway), it may very well be legal in other countries and they are thus put on all products. As for how to actually deal with a manufacturer who refuses to replace something because of this... It varies on the country, some countries have state departments that will take them on for you, while others rely on each customer to individually sue the company.

In the end though, it's just far easier to get one without stickers even though the contract is not legally binding in any way.
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Great, I'll update the list smile.gif

I think now, after reflection, EVGA even had instructions telling you to be sure and keep the little screws that held the shroud/backplate on so you could re-install if needed for return. And now thinking about that, I think that was because the cards had no backplates and I bought EVGA backplates - so undoing some screws was 100% OK since I was installing their backplate.
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