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^^^^^ bad batch my a$$. That's what a quality QA department is supposed to check for.
The monoprice cable is an 22AWG cable, which is good but it is also not very flexible due to the thickness. You'll also increase the strain somewhat on the HDMI inputs. 10.2Gbps is pretty much a standard high speed hdmi cable so if you are looking to push 4k, 4:4:4 @ 60z, you'll more than likely have some issues. Silver plated copper conductors and gold plated connectors really don't mean much in terms of performance. What it has going for it the thicker wire. It's also a passive cable.
Cabernet cable are pretty good. Lots of people seem to have good luck with them. They are active cables which means they are uni-directional so pay attention to that when installing. They imply that they are rated for up to 18Gbps but the spec don't really say that they are certified at that bandwidth. Active cables are great for longer distances but are dependent on the version of the the Redmere chipset in the sink end (tv side). The current set of chips are just starting to appear so there is no telling what version of chipset is incorporated into the cable. The chipset is necessary to extend the signal path and maintain signal integrity with error correction and other factors. Like all electronic devices, the chipset may fail over time. The cables are thinner than the above Monoprice cable so you have more flexibility but that's not always a good thing, especially if you're trying to push the higher video standards.
The Sewell cable indicates it can handle bandwidth "up to 18Gbps", what ever "up to" means but there is nothing to indicate that they have been tested and certified to pass that at the length of cable you purchased. Wire gauge is 26AWG which is a thin wire. The rest of the given specs are nothing more than the HDMI 2.0 hardware specs which most high speed hdmi cables will pass (with the exception of 18Gbps). The rest is all marketing fluff.
So, if you want to push 4k, 4:4:4 @60Hz, at 25' your choices are all trial and error. I'd eliminate the Monoprice cable and pick between the Cabernet (active) or the Sewell (passive). I think you're best bet would be the Cabernet cable but again that is by no means a guarantee. Your price point is a limiting factor in that you can't go to fiber, which, in the long term would probably be your best bet.
Whatever you do, place the cable on the floor before installation and thoroughly test it out before installing.. And when you do install, use a 1.5" to 2.0" conduit if this is an in-wall installation because one, that is really the only way to "future proof" your cable installation and two, you will be swapping out cables probably sooner than later and with the use of a conduit, that makes the whole process so much easier. You might also want to run a pull-string in the conduit as well for adding additional cables later if the need arises. Oh, and be mindful of bend radius because that can also affect signal propagation especially on the thinner cables.