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Newegg Ships Fake Core i7s to Unlucky Customers

Newegg reportedly ordered a shipment of 2,000 chips from D&H and 300 of them were counterfeit. Hot Hardware cites a posting from an Overclockers.com forum member named Dreadrok who received one of the fake CPUs. Dreadlock says he ordered a Core i7 920 from Newegg and received a completely fake processor.

According to HotHardware, NewEgg says the fake processors are actually demo units but looking at the pictures below (via Dreadlock), it's a hard excuse to swallow. What's more D&H has sent out cease and desist orders to two websites running stories on the fraudulent chips.

It has recently been brought to our attention that you are responsible for publishing on the internet, and specifically on your websites, untrue statements respecting allegedly counterfeit Intel Core i7 processors which you allege were sold to Newegg by D&H. This letter places you on notice that these statements are false. You have no basis for publishing these false and malicious statements about D & H. These false allegations are defamatory and disparaging to D&H”s business and business relations and have caused grave and irreparable damage to our client. [we] demand that you (i) cease and desist posting such defamatory material about D&H.; (ii) remove the contact and any reference to D&H from your website; and, (iii) post an immediate retraction and apology which shall remain posted for not less than thirty days."

Newegg, a trusted source among PC enthusiasts, is providing customers who received the fake Core i7s with RMAs.

UPDATE: Intel is now investigating this matter.

UPDATE: Newegg has said D&H distributing is not the supplier who shipped the units, rather it was a company called IPEX. Newegg has terminated its relationship with IPEX. Read more about it here.

Original photos from our friends at Overclockers.com. Check out more of what transpired over in the original thread!

  • Fooled you!
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  • warmon6
    wow..........
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  • Bluescreendeath
    D&H...failzors
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  • redplanet_returns
    is it fake because an apple fanboy thought i7 is an apple product, and when the package arrives and says intel on it, he's like wtf?? ;)
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  • gekko668
    This is my first time hearing something bad about newegg.
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  • isamuelson
    C&D orders? Nice try. Explain the fake fan and the CPU looks like it has a ton of dust boogers all over it!
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  • JasonAkkerman
    That sure does suck for NewEgg. They run a good site over there. It's going to look bad on them that one of their suppliers failed them like this.
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  • Marco925
    That fan doesn't even look like it fits in the heatsink mounting holes
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  • JasonAkkerman
    Can anyone read the text in those pictures?
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  • pbravo
    If D&H was the source of these "demo" chips, then D&H should be the one to apologize. And, if they do not know what happened, they should begin an investigation and let everyone know that they are doing so. That is how to save their reputation, not by telling everyone to shut up about it.
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