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Intel Investigating Case of Counterfeit Core i7s

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 3 comments

Intel has said it is investigating reports that Newegg shoppers have received fake Core i7 920 processors.

Over the weekend it emerged that several people who had purchased Core i7 processors had instead received fake chips in the mail. Newegg was said to have received 300 fake Core i7s in a shipment of 2,000 chips from D&H Distribution. Hot Hardware cites Newegg as saying the fakes were actually demo units from Intel but images and video (below) supplied by customers who received the "CPUs" are spreading doubt.

Intel has said it is investigating the reports but so far, the company has yet to confirm whether or not Newegg's "demo unit" story is legitimate.

Intel:

"...our security/tech support guys have a few incidents on this today they are investigating. Stay tuned!"

After posting numerous images of "Core i7" to the Overclockers.com forums, user Dreadlock posted the video below on YouTube.

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    Anonymous , 8 March 2010 23:13
    Ha epic, sorry dreadlock and all those that did not get their i7, really sorry!
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    progressia , 10 March 2010 04:47
    Has to be none other than the Chinese doing these counterfeits. Sounds a bit stereotypical and whatnot but I know because I've experienced something...somewhat similar in context. I stumbled upon a site called SoftRetailer.com and they advertised that they sold genuine software, in particular bragging about their low Windows7 prices. Prices weren't stupid-low for it to be a scam, rather £10-20 off compared to Amazon and such. Bought it for about £126 and then after a day of making the payment online I discovered that it was a company based in China, I asked them myself via-email and they responded by saying so "we're a company based in China." as soon as i read that and confirmed it with many sites and forums discussing their evil ways to scam people, one thing came to mind "This is fake and i got robbed, big time, yay!" Called credit card company and explained what happened, at least the CLAIM that they're "investigating" and hopefully il get my money back. Needless to say, had to cancel my card and postpone my new rig that i was intending to work on and build throughout the course of this spring break.....thanks a lot China!

    Back to the story at hand, very sorry to see that someone else is just as pissed off as I am because of damned thieves!
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    progressia , 10 March 2010 04:47
    Has to be none other than the Chinese doing these counterfeits. Sounds a bit stereotypical and whatnot but I know because I've experienced something...somewhat similar in context. I stumbled upon a site called SoftRetailer.com and they advertised that they sold genuine software, in particular bragging about their low Windows7 prices. Prices weren't stupid-low for it to be a scam, rather £10-20 off compared to Amazon and such. Bought it for about £126 and then after a day of making the payment online I discovered that it was a company based in China, I asked them myself via-email and they responded by saying so "we're a company based in China." as soon as i read that and confirmed it with many sites and forums discussing their evil ways to scam people, one thing came to mind "This is fake and i got robbed, big time, yay!" Called credit card company and explained what happened, at least the CLAIM that they're "investigating" and hopefully il get my money back. Needless to say, had to cancel my card and postpone my new rig that i was intending to work on and build throughout the course of this spring break.....thanks a lot China!

    Back to the story at hand, very sorry to see that someone else is just as pissed off as I am because of damned thieves!