Originally Posted by hotrod717
If it was legit it would not have had a sticker on ihs. Immediate return, shouldnt have even tried to install or remover sticker.
Everything a part from that looked legit, like its box, seals, etc. I'm so curious about how they managed to swap it and seal everything back on perfectly fine. and cpu didn't look like a fake one otherwise I would notice it earlier and wouldn't even install it on the motherboard. And if it was some other fake cpu it would bend pins on the motherboard.
I contacted both Intel and Amazon, one way or another I'm sure they will help me but I will make sure they catch that p.o.s.
Originally Posted by ThrashZone
Post a link to the add on amazon.
It was a direct purchase from Amazon so as soon as they send me a refund or a replacement I will add a link and leave a review under the product page.
Originally Posted by JackCY
Well my first guess is you bought it from Amazon probably in US aka the scam heaven. Take an Asian made fake or sticker a cheap 7 series IHS/CPU to make it look as an expensive 9 series CPU.
There is a difference between laser engraved and printed sticker, plus 7 series doesn't have a hole in IHS does it but 9 series does hence the black dot in corner to fake it, although some review photos of which there are very few for some reason on Google also look as if they have fake black dot yet other look to have a real air hole with thermal paste in it after use.
Amazon could have also chosen a "cheap" supplier as they probably love to do and got scammed themselves. Or some nifty person or rather group swapped their products to which Amazon is highly susceptible.
You really believe in "security" seals, holographs and what not? Any schmuck especially in Asia with crap ton of manufacturing capabilities available down the street can make a box, stickers, ... Elsewhere... sure it's harder because all the manufacturing has moved away thanks to useless governments. You can get anything etched in China in 10min walk in a city, they etch phone backs and anything else you want. But that takes too long, someone is probably mass producing fake Intel CPUs as always. Lookalike PCB and IHS with no die, or if Intel is real dumb they sell defects in Asia for scrap and subsequently get "repurposed" as fakes.
Why do you think Amazon has such a "consumer" centric service? Because if they didn't a lot of people would be royally pissed due to all the fakes, scams and other issues there are on Amazon, not only with 3rd party sellers... that's to be expected... don't even buy from them, but with Amazon as a seller itself.
They love to sell open box as new. Huge amounts of automation but not enough verification. A lot of (high volume) "low quality service" sales, sort of Aliexpress/Ebay of the "west" in other words order and hope you get what you ordered.
Of course it's more profitable to fake a 9980XE than it is to fake lower priced CPUs. Same thing was happening to Intel and AMD before. Various older generation CPUs being IHS moded to look as latest releases.
You will have to take it up with the seller, be it 3rd party or Amazon itself.
Yes it is from Amazon.com (US)
Your theory makes sense this is some hardcore level scamming. Everything looks legit, seller is Amazon.com, it is not a returned product with broken seals that Amazon sells. It even became available on Amazon recently, it wasn't listed before so I'm sure I'm one of the first buyers from Amazon which means their supplier is the issue here.
Well I contacted Intel and Amazon already and tomorrow I will make some phone calls about this. Considering I still have the serial code and batch id they should be able to track this down and find out who is behind it.