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OEM vs ES (engineering sample)

Ok, so I'm trying to find my way through this new found problem I have. During a recent benchmark test I found that the AMD FX 8350 CPU that I bought two years ago, new, was in fact an Engineering Sample CPU. After research on the net, I am confused about what and if I have a legal standing to ask the retailer for a replacement. How has this issue been handled before? What are my options?
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  1. After 2 years? Id be surprised if the retailer even responded to such a request.
  2. You don't even have a legal standing to own the ES.
    And the seller did not have legal standing to sell it.

    2 years later, though...you're almost certainly out of luck.
    Where did you buy it?
  3. deadinthewater said:
    I am confused about what and if I have a legal standing to ask the retailer for a replacement. How has this issue been handled before? What are my options?

    Simple: Engineering Samples are not for retail. They aren't supposed to ever leave the labs of whatever company they were sent to.

    Basically, you are admitting owning stolen goods. That's your legal standing.
  4. vrumor said:
    After 2 years? Id be surprised if the retailer even responded to such a request.
  5. Well, from what little I have been able to find on this subject is this: Engineering Sample belong to the manufacturing company. If this is the case he sold me stolen goods! Am I right? I don't know.
  6. deadinthewater said:
    Well, from what little I have been able to find on this subject is this: Engineering Sample belong to the manufacturing company. If this is the case he sold me stolen goods! Am I right? I don't know.


    Basically, yes.
    You are a recipient of stolen goods.
  7. deadinthewater said:
    Engineering Sample belong to the manufacturing company. If this is the case he sold me stolen goods! Am I right? I don't know.

    Engineering Samples belong to AMD. Usually, companies are required to either return them to AMD or destroy them once they are done with them. As I wrote earlier, it was most likely stolen from a company's lab or inventory.
  8. Best answer
    Don't contact the shop.

    Contact AMD. I'm sure they'd love to know how someone came into possession of one of their engineer samples. Don't be surprised if they ask you to send it back.

    Especially considering said shop my have Ryzen samples.
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