I need to buy a network card Intel EXPI9301CT and want to know how to distinguish original card from counterfeit.
I know that original card have the following:
1) RJ-45 within opened bus pins and orange tape over it
2) Transformer 'Delta'
3) YottaMark golographic mark (for cards produced since 2009 year)
BUT cards I have seen in the market are differ from original one:
1) RJ-45 pinout contained in the black box
2) Transormer 'Pulse'
3) No any YottaMarks
They looks like as one the ebay page: https://www.ebay.com/itm/INTEL-EXPI9301CT-Gigabit-CT-Desktop-PCI-e-Network-Adapter-82574L-Chipset-NI... INTEL EXPI9301CT Gigabit CT Desktop PCI-e Network Adapter 82574L Chipset NIC | eBay
Please help me to know how to distinguish original Intel expi9301ct:
1) Is Intel uses 'Pulse' transformers on its network cards? Is it means that the card is counterfeit?
2) Is YottaMark should be on ALL Intel cards?
Thank you for writing to Wired Communities.
1) We need to check on this
2) Legacy or some older Intel network adapter models do not have Yottamark
Let me further check on this then update you.
With regard to the network adapter picture posted on the website, we are not able to authenticate simply based on the picture. Please contact the vendor if you have concern regarding the authenticity of the network adapter selling on the website.