Intel says it is probing into the matter of the sale of counterfeit Core i7-920 processors by the online retailer Newegg to customers in the US.
As reported by the tech news site HardOCP last Friday, online electronics vendor Newegg shipped at least one bogus Core i7-920 processor. Subsequently a cautioning email to customers was sent, informing them that they may have received a demo iteration of the Intel processor if their purchase fell anytime between 01 March and 04 March.
Newegg has already announced that it is investigating how it could have reportedly received, and then shipped, the fake Intel processors to customers in the US.
According to a post from a user named Nix on Hardforum.com, the covering box of the "questionable" processor was delivered loose and even the word "socket" was misspelled as "sochet". Additionally, the label also had a badly fudged hologram of the company on it.
The contents of the box included a square-shaped piece of aluminium tagged as a processor, and a counterfeit mold was tailored to impart an appearance of a fan.
Intel has issued a cautioning statement about the incident, acknowledging that bogus processors indeed went through as its official processors.
However, it has apparently held the retailers responsible for false Intel products. This is seen in the company's statement: "The examples we have seen are not Intel products but are counterfeits. Buyers should contact their place of purchase for a replacement and/or should contact their local law enforcement agency if the place of purchase refuses to help".