After discussing an Adaptec SCSI HBA that was clearly made from recycled parts and likely fake, I wanted to see what a real one looks like. It looks like this:
For reference and for comparison, here’s the sketchy one:
The PCB is not quite the same (ASSY 1817206-00 vs. 1817206-01) but it’s close enough. The real one has none of the sketchy labeling—it says “CH 2/B” and not “CH 27B” and so on.
Here is a close-up of the 2D barcode and the Adaptec logo:
The barcode looks legible, and the silkscreened Adaptec logo looks a little lighter.
The terminator chips aren’t quite from the same batch but were made within a few weeks from each other:
In general all the components on the genuine HBA were made in late 2000 or beginning of 2001, as one would expect. There’s none of the odd mish-mash of components made over a period of 5+ years.
Here’s the reverse side of the genuine HBA:
And here’s the suspected fake—it actually doesn’t look all that different.
Now here’s the interesting part. This is the cardboard box that the suspected fake came in:
And for comparison, here is a presumably genuine box, the picture of which I shamelessly stole from some random auction:
The Adaptec logo is clearly not the same, the fake uses a heavier font. It’s kind of bizarre—why not just copy the existing one? It’s actually even weirder because the Adaptec logo appears to be custom made and is not based on any existing font. It’s not at all clear to me how the suspected fake was made precisely because it’s so different.
And here’s the strangest part of the presumed fake, the printed documentation and driver CD:
There is absolutely nothing about the driver CD that looks fake, and the installation leaflet looks just like the ones from genuine boxed Adaptec products. The print quality is very good, it all looks genuine. The thing is, why even bother with a driver CD or a leaflet? And if it’s a fake, how come it’s such a good facsimile when the rest isn’t? I feel like there’s a story there, but I don’t know what it is.