Newegg probes shipments of fake Intel chips2010-03-09 11:57 by Daniela
Tags: Newegg, Intel
As the case of reseller Newegg demonstrates, typos are usually the most visible sign that a chip - or any product purported to be supplied by a reputable company - is fake.
Newegg said Monday that it is conducting an investigation of recent shipments of "questionable" Intel Core i7-920 processors from Newegg. The news was first reported by [H]ard|OCP.
"Initial information we received from our supplier, IPEX, stated that they had mistakenly shipped us 'demo units.' We have since come to discover the CPUs were counterfeit and are terminating our relationship with this supplier," Newegg said in a statement.
"We have already sent out a number of replacement units and are doing everything in our power to resolve the matter promptly and with the least amount of inconvenience to our customers," the reseller said. The number of counterfeit chips is estimated at several hundred.
Intel said Monday it has been made aware of "the potential for counterfeit i7 920 packages in the marketplace" and is working to determine "how many and/or where they are being sold."
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