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Old March 6, 2010, 01:27 AM
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Default Happened to me too, got one in SLC, UT.

That's all, same exact counterfeit.
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Old March 6, 2010, 01:44 AM
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I've seen these EXACT demo boxes in person before from Intel, from i7's to Core2Duo's and even as far back as PII era chips.

I used to have a whole bunch of them laying around, they were donated to a school to be used to show students and stuff. But there was really no difference between them and the ones shown here.

No one "produced" these fakes in order to rip off the chips. These are made by Intel directly, someone however may have replaced the chips with these demo chips, so I suspect an Intel employee.
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I., so I suspect an Intel employee.
how you want an Intel employee go out with 300 cpu box ???
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I wonder how'd this slip through?
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Old March 6, 2010, 08:57 AM
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No way these are "demo boxes". The spelling alone puts the lie to that tale.

Why do companies feel they have to "massage" every bit of bad news? This is obviously a fairly sophisticated scam that originated through the distribution chain. Why not just admit the facts of the case and carry on from there?
1136 sochet, apparently they couldn't even spell socket properly even
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wow, honestly in the past I've wondered if people sold counterfeit processors, I guess its true :P
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A few more threads popping up over the net. This guy got FIVE of them:
[So] Newegg shipped me 5 fake CPUs by krustyy - TribalWar Forums

On second thought I don't think the demo story is Newegg's. The story was probably dreamed up by the supplier, and passed along by Newegg. I think it was that thread where I read that Raptor hard drives were being replaced by 20GB Samsungs or something, also from the same distributor.
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Old March 6, 2010, 02:38 PM
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I don't know how they got them, but I can tell you that I got about 300 demo boxes of CPU's by simply phoning Intel and giving them a schools name and address and saying that I wanted them for educational purposes. They didnt even charge my to ship them. This was a few years back but those boxes are pretty much identical to the ones I've seen from Intel before, spelling errors and all.

Someone at the supplier got them from Intel and did a swap, This dosn't have anything to do with Newegg other than they've been bamboozled. Also keep in mind I've never ordered from newegg so I'm not exactly a fan of theirs or anything, I just know for a fact, 100% that those boxes and everything in them was manufactured by Intel. They ARE legit demo boxes.
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If Intel does in fact release demo's that look like this, then the company seriously needs to rethink things.

I have seen a lot of demo products in my day and never have they been constructed out of putty, or slapped together with glue and aluminum and definitely have no used non original packaging unless it is a non life sized model. I've seen them at trade shows, through work and even had some demos boxes for a LAN party group I hosted. They do sometimes included printed paper inside with an image of what "should" be there, if the packaging has a security window.

If it is the product itself, it is often just the shell of product if it has internals. It would cost MORE to assemble a custom box than it would be to provide a regular retail box, not to mention the manpower required to build the "fakes".


Hopefully Intel can shed some light on the topic on Monday.
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