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Amazon ships customers fake AMD Kaveri processors

Brad Chacos | Feb. 11, 2015
Counterfeit computer processors pop up every now and again, but they've become incredibly rare in recent years if you're buying from reputable retailers. And that's why news of a pair of fake AMD Kaveri APUs being sold on Amazon is so alarming, though you shouldn't let the news dissuade you from picking up an APU if one's sitting in your wish list.

In this specific case I believe that Amazon's consumer protection policies correctly supported the customer, and AMD has engaged with the buyer to ensure their personal satisfaction in this unfortunate situation."

AMD also has a website that explains how to determine the legitimacy of its boxed processors.

The impact on you at home: Likely nil, unless the source of the sketchy processors continues to de-lid ancient processors and plop the branded heat spreaders of modern chips on them without being caught in some way. That seems highly unlikely with both Amazon and AMD on the case — chip makers crack down on counterfeit processors like the wrath of God. The current situation also appears to be isolated to the United Kingdom, and Amazon's replacing the bogus chips pronto.


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