Yes, I blame them for not changing the model number. They sold me a reference design card and shipped me a non reference PCB.
This is true, and is discussed further down the thread.
Not the point of the thread, which I do not believe you read attentively. The point of my post is that XFX secretly made changes to a reference model, thus making the card no longer reference, but did not alter the model number to indicate the card was no longer reference and features had been stripped away.
This is simply not true. MSI and Powercolor were the first to adopt the new PCB, but model numbers changed to indicate a different PCB design. They did not try to pass cards for reference when it wasn't.
You're wrong to think I am wrong.
They are there for XFX to help them find the product on THERE SYSTEM.
The only number that's on an XFX product that IS for the consumer is the S/N sticker.
I say it again, Those numbers have NOTHING to do with the consumer, They're for internal XFX reference.
So I say again, YOU'RE wrong.