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[VR Zone] Identifying Counterfeit Intel Boxed Processors 2.0

post #1 of 21
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Very shifty....but it's news and i bring it to you. The consumer.

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Some greedy retailers are repackaging and selling tray processors as the more expensive boxed retail processors. It has been reported that each set of fake packaging only costs US$0.43 while the cooler costs less than US$1.50. In total, it only costs these people less than US$2 to repackage the processors. This gives them an additional profit margin of US$13 per processor.
Counterfiet Shown Below

Source: VR Zone
http://forums.vr-zone.com/showthread.php?t=260231
 
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post #2 of 21
interesting but, does it matter if they're repacked, is there some sort of warranty issue or something?
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post #3 of 21
As long as I buy from newegg I think I'm fine.
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post #4 of 21
what a bs marketing scam... it would be one thing to sell the chips with obvious after market coolers that don't look like the Intel boxes, but to try and copy the Intel box to trick the consumer in to thinking that they are buying something they are not is such BS...

I bet that there is no difference between the boxed cpus and the oem cpus... but still, this is crap...
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i think if i looked at an intel sticker and saw misspellings, i would probably be pretty skeptical. VERSON #! lol!
    
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post #6 of 21
Here is the info from vr-zone on why this is bad:
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Shorter Warranty

The fake retail processors are not backed up by the three-year warranty that real boxed processors have. If your processor dies after one year (due to the problems listed below or otherwise), you will not be able to get it replaced by Intel. For more information on the warranty of Intel processors, take a look here.

Shorter Lifespan

The thermal dissipation of such low-quality coolers is poor. Its fan would very likely use cheap sleeve bearings that have relatively short lifespans. The higher temperatures the processor has to endure and the higher risk of the fan failing will result in a shorter processor lifespan.

Poorer Performance

Current Intel processors have thermal protection built-in. When the processor temperature reaches a certain threshold, the processor will automatically reduce its temperature by inserting idle cycles, a feature known as thermal throttling. This reduces the performance of the processor. If the cheap cooler fails, the temperature might continue to increase to the point where the processor is forced to shut down, resulting in loss of data.

Damage To The Motherboard

Although this phenomenon is rare, a bad fan can damage the motherboard with devastating consequences.

Higher Noise Level

The three main concerns when it comes to manufacturing cheap fans are cost, cost and cost. No, the noise level is of no concern at all. Such fans will use sleeve bearings which are cheap but also very noisy.
Thats pretty shady. I think if I found out a place was doing this I wouldn't buy from them again. rep+ Mhill2029
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Does that side Made In Costa on the right side? Costa Rica?
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post #8 of 21
who here even uses the stock cooler?
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post #9 of 21
I know...that's the main concern here eh? I havent used a stock cooler since the first computer i built....
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post #10 of 21
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who here even uses the stock cooler?
i do but, its not the one it came with the one im using is for a quad core.
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