Fake AMD processors in circulation!

Fake AMD processors in circulation!

Fake AMD processors in circulation!

Fake AMD processors in circulation!

 

It seems that Fake AMD processors are in circulation from the online retailer Amazon, as some Amazon UK purchasers report.

How can a CPU be fake some of you may ask, well picture it like this, you buy a new Ferrari to drive home and open the bonnet to find that the engine underneath is from a Volkswagen Beetle. The fake AMD processors have heatspreaders which say that they are an FM2+ AMD A8-7600, but in fact the CPU underneath is of an older socket AMD CPU which is not pin compatible with the AMD FM2+ socket.

To be more specific the CPU underneath is an AM2 Athlon 64 X2 5200+, which is a particularly old AMD CPU which would definitely not work or fit in modern motherboards.

  

Fake AMD processors in circulation!  (fake CPU on the left, real CPU on the right)

 

Obviously these fake CPUs are incompatible with FM2+ motherboards due to the difference in pin layout. I advise anybody who has purchased a CPU from Amazon recently to be careful during installation as forcing an incompatible CPU into your motherboard will likely damage it.

In the forged processors a heat spreader which looks like that of a AMD A8-7600 is placed on an older AMD CPU, likely from the AM2 socket, so on first glance many people do not recognize the CPU as a forgery, that is until installation. In addition, the fake CPUs were apparently sold in AMD A8-7600 packages, or at least some decent forgeries as the buyer on Amazon didn't notice it was a fake just by looking at the box.

It is unknown at present if the AMD A8-7600 CPU is the only CPU that has been counterfeited, higher end Fake AMD CPUs could be out there. Amazon have issued a replacement CPU to the affected user according to their Amazon Review.

We advise buyers of AMD CPUs to buy from known trustworthy retailers and to be careful to have a good look at your CPU before installation.

Remember that as of yet this so far has only affected a small amount Amazon UK users for this specific CPU, so to say the least the Fake CPUs are not widespread. 

 

Update!

When speaking to AMD directly about this issue they issued us this response.

"It is apparent that this isolated incident is not related in any way to AMD's manufacturing or packaging, however AMD takes any reports of product tampering very seriously. As part of our ongoing efforts to help ensure consumers and businesses are sold only genuine AMD processors, we thoroughly investigate these extremely rare incidents in an effort to determine the source of the altered products, and consider all available legal remedies - including both civil and criminal prosecution - against persons found to have engaged in fraudulent actions affecting AMD products.

We are working in close cooperation with Amazon and the local enforcement authorities to conclude this incident quickly and ensure that the rigorous quality and reliability standards that AMD is known for are maintained. In addition, while AMD already implements extensive security measures to ensure the authenticity of our products, we are currently evaluating further measures to implement additional security measures for maximum future support."

 

AMD also has reminded us that they have a guide on their website on how to determine the Authenticity of an AMD boxed CPU.

 

You can join the discussion on the Fake AMD CPUs on the OC3D Forums. We will be exploring this futher expect updates as soon as we have them.

 

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09-02-2015, 08:01:02

WYP
It looks like some Fake AMD CPUs are in circulation as some Amazon Customers find a AM2 socket CPU under the heatspreader of their supposedly new AMD FM2+ CPU.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...074356492l.jpg

Read more on the fake AMD CPUs in circulation here.Quote

09-02-2015, 09:44:10

Thelosouvlakia
Cheeky bastards....
That's why used stuff from people you don't know are no good..Quote

09-02-2015, 11:04:38

iiBetrayforAR
Aaaaaand why I don't buy from amazon.Quote

09-02-2015, 11:35:54

barnsley
I'm presuming this is actually sellers who use Amazon as opposed to Amazon itself?Quote

09-02-2015, 12:38:38

Really_dude
Quote:
Originally Posted by iiBetrayforAR View Post
Aaaaaand why I don't buy from amazon.
Reeeeaallly, the super random, once in a great while chance that some bogus CPUs get sold on Amazon and that is the reason you don't buy from them...

Lol, this sounds like some super edgy 7th grader in 1997 talking about $Microshaft.

Im literally rolling my eyes as hard as I can, This post was so cringeworthy I had to make an account just to call it out as stupid.Quote

09-02-2015, 12:52:55

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
I'm presuming this is actually sellers who use Amazon as opposed to Amazon itself?
I'd agree with that. If i'm buying from amazon i don't see why i would buy from a seller but amazon. Sort of defeats the purpose. If i wanted to buy used i'd go to EbayQuote

09-02-2015, 12:54:54

Feronix
From what I read on a Dutch news site it was Amazon themselves who sold the CPUs Quote

09-02-2015, 14:07:47

Thelosouvlakia
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
From what I read on a Dutch news site it was Amazon themselves who sold the CPUs
I think that AMD and international courts have the right to start with the lawsuits.
  1. Fair trade laws
  2. AMD's reputation is quite getting scorned here
Quote

09-02-2015, 14:11:56

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thelosouvlakia View Post
I think that AMD and international courts have the right to start with the lawsuits.
  1. Fair trade laws
  2. AMD's reputation is quite getting scorned here
Hmmm I'm assuming Amazon wasn't aware that the CPUs in the A8 7600 packaging and heatspreader were actually Athlon 64 X2 5200+ chips. They would not take a risk with that with the reputation that they have. Maybe it was a dodgy distributor that ripped Amazon off. I'm assuming they can trace this back though.

Not everyone may think as rationally as us but I don't think any less of AMD because of this, unless people prove that AMD themselves shipped them out like this.Quote

09-02-2015, 14:15:20

MadShadow
So I guess the issue is that CPUs are being packaged in the wrong boxes. Amazon doesnt actually package products, they just distribute them, right? If so, I don't really think Amazon is to blame. It was an honest mistake as far as I can see.Quote

09-02-2015, 14:18:04

Thelosouvlakia
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Not everyone may think as rationally as us but I don't think any less of AMD because of this, unless people prove that AMD themselves shipped them out like this.
You are not an Intel/NVIDIA fanboy. I've heard a lot of stupid things from those guys, blaming AMD for something like that would mean bad reputation to people who are unfamiliarQuote

09-02-2015, 16:14:21

VoodooGuru
Created an account just to post this. Apparently, NCIX is carrying these fake CPUs as well.
http://imgur.com/a/FkqmoQuote

09-02-2015, 16:20:15

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by VoodooGuru View Post
Created an account just to post this. Apparently, NCIX is carrying these fake CPUs as well.
http://imgur.com/a/Fkqmo
While I have not gone pin by pin, that does look like the AM3+ socket.

I'm getting out my 8320e to compare the pinsQuote

09-02-2015, 16:48:03

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by VoodooGuru View Post
Created an account just to post this. Apparently, NCIX is carrying these fake CPUs as well.
http://imgur.com/a/Fkqmo
That looks like a phenom II possibly branded as a FX CPU from what I can see.

-edit- So it'd also be easy to fakeQuote

09-02-2015, 16:57:18

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by VoodooGuru View Post
Created an account just to post this. Apparently, NCIX is carrying these fake CPUs as well.
http://imgur.com/a/Fkqmo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
While I have not gone pin by pin, that does look like the AM3+ socket.

I'm getting out my 8320e to compare the pins
After comparing the pictured CPU with the AMD FX 8320e I have All i can say is that the pin layout is the same.

Not a fake as far as my eyes can seeQuote

10-02-2015, 04:57:54

Thelosouvlakia
And we've already seen people on the oc3d page on facebook blame amd for this....Quote

19-10-2015, 10:50:39

realneil
People blaming AMD? Really?

I don't believe that AMD would do this. Not for a moment.
Whoever did is going to be up to their eyeballs in litigation.Quote

19-10-2015, 15:34:32

Arne Saknussemm
I thought this was going to be an AMD press release saying all CPUs since Athlon 64 were...



just a jokeQuote

20-10-2015, 09:45:46

AlienALX
I've seen a very small handful of these CPUs supposedly sold by Amazon.

The main problem with Amazon is that they sell returns without checking them properly. I've bought quite a few items from their warehouse (I don't any more it's only a quid or two cheaper now, shame) and so this could be a simple case of some dishonest erm, person, putting their old CPU in the box and sending it back for a refund knowing Amazon don't have the personnel in place to check it over properly.

I remember reading the reviews of an electric plane I bought. People were complaining that the toe plate was plastic and had warped out of line (meaning your planing was screwed). I bought one and guess what? it was full of wood chippings and the toe plate was about as square as my arse.

So back it went...Quote

20-10-2015, 11:31:38

xnax2802
Why do people keep necroposting?Quote
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