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AMD Ships Out Ryzen 5 3600 CPUs in Ryzen 3 3200G Packaging

Ryzen 5 3600 in Ryzen 3 3200G box
(Image credit: HKEPC Facebook)

In China, AMD is shipping some Ryzen 5 3600 CPUs in packaging meant for weaker chips, according to a recent Facebook post from Chinese hardware site HKEPC. 

Ryzen 5 3600 in Ryzen 3 3200G box

(Image credit: HKEPC Facebook)

In a Facebook post yesterday, Chinese hardware site HKEPC posted photos of a Ryzen 5 3600 they recently ordered that came in a Ryzen 3 3200G box. AMD had placed a sticker seal on the box indicating that the product inside was indeed the Ryzen 5 3600, but everything else on the packaging pointed to the weaker Ryzen 3 3200G.

A Hardware Times story from earlier today elaborates that this has affected a whole batch of Ryzen 5 3600 CPUs bound for customers in China. The story attributes the incorrect packaging to Ryzen 5 3600 sales figures breaking expectations during the recent Chinese mid-year sale in June, leading AMD’s Chinese team to use old packaging instead of waiting for additional, more accurate boxes to come in. Of course, it's also entirely possible that the situation is the result of a simple mistake during packaging.

Ryzen 5 3600 in Ryzen 3 3200G box

(Image credit: HKEPC Facebook)

Even though these boxes did have the processors they ordered, we have to imagine customers were pretty confused. It’s not uncommon for mix-ups to happen when ordering components online- I’ve had to return CPUs to Newegg twice in a row after they accidentally sent me the wrong parts- so this is just another reminder to always double check what’s in the box (and what your system reads as installed) before you wrap up your latest build.

  • InvalidError
    If it was intentional, I would have expected someone to cross out the "Radeon Graphics" part of the box. Then again, advertisement standards are a whole lot more lax in China and the box not matching content in multiple aspects may not be a remotely significant issue.
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  • hateyeee
    People usually can't use Facebook, Twitter etc. in China.
    Those photos were from HKEPC's Facebook.
    Therefore please use "Hong Kong media" instead of "Chinese hardware site".
    Although Hong Kong is a part of China, there's different.
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  • lampuiho
    InvalidError said:
    If it was intentional, I would have expected someone to cross out the "Radeon Graphics" part of the box. Then again, advertisement standards are a whole lot more lax in China and the box not matching content in multiple aspects may not be a remotely significant issue.
    This actually happened in Hong Kong. "Hong Kong is not China". Basic law Cap. 362 Trade Descriptions Ordinance requires that labeling of the goods be accurate. If this was in a store, it could violate that law.
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