Well even if thats true they would have to give him a equivalent card. According to most warranties now a days if the same model cannot be supplied, a product of equal or greater performance will be supplied (or a refund given back at the current market value at the discretion of the manufacturer). No where in that warranty does it state the giving of an inferior product.
Hell that is against the law in the USA ... Gotta love consumer protection acts
O.o I was trying to say he got ripped off... :S sorry if I gave the mixed message. I was giving him the warranties must give a product of equal or greater performance otherwise they go against federal laws.