Monday, February 6th 2012

Fake Core i7-990X Surfaces on Forums

A scamster has managed to pull off a fake "Intel Core i7-990X" processor. An unsuspecting buyer paid hundreds of dollars for a Core i7-990X six-core LGA1366 processor, only to end up with a badly-done fake. The fake chip is a worthless LGA775 Pentium, on which the IHS markings of a Core i7-990X have been etched. Intel and AMD put tiny windows on their retail processor boxes so buyers could see these markings before breaking open the company seal. At least in the case of Intel's product boxes, the windows aren't big enough to let you see the entire CPU package. In case of this chip, the buyer couldn't have spotted that the chip was an LGA775 (and not LGA1366), and couldn't spot the 3D hologram and serial number sticker that's found on the obverse side of the package, under the IHS. The thread where this fake was reported can be read here.

Source: CPU World
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40 Comments on Fake Core i7-990X Surfaces on Forums

#1
20mmrain
Whoops? Guess he won't make that mistake again
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#2
hhumas
wow its awesome ./.. genius guy
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#4
technicks
Hope he payed with Paypal or his Visa. Lol
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#5
horik
i feel bad for that guy...
Edit:i read the thread but did not find out where he got that CPU from
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#6
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
Even though I'd LOL'd - I'd be royally pissed off but then again, I wouldn't be buying a 990X.
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#7
arnoo1
Never buy shit online xd here on tpu is fine though
I always ask for his adress, so if it is wrong hardware i will visit the ass who sold me the junk
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#8
ensabrenoir
This is the type of cyber crime they need to be cracking down on....buyers beware. Some deals are too good to be true. Hope he used pay pal or visa for real.:shadedshu
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#9
qwerty_lesh
there have been fraud 2600Ks circulating too which turn out to be pentium D's.

part of the problem, especially with online shopping is that a lot of resellers drop ship, they dont even see the stock, and some will slip straight past the distribution level due to the volume being handled coming out of china. its disgusting but it happens.
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#10
H82LUZ73
Honestly He could not see the IHS is sanded with scratch marks? Really bad buy and even badder seller that duped him.
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#11
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
why do i have the sudden urge to find where that guy lives and hop skip and jump around him while shouting "ITS A TRAP!!"
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#12
treboRR
heh...honestly you can see how it's been done:D:D It is photoshoped, see the scratches suddenly dissapare into blurry edge of the heatspreather area:D The real text is from the real orig. 990X ...just crop it from another pic and paste it to random 775 cpu pic...and hand out a little blur tool to make it nice and tidy:D

Soo tell me that i am wrong:nutkick:
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#13
entropy13
by: treboRR
heh...honestly you can see how it's been done:D:D It is photoshoped, see the scratches suddenly dissapare into blurry edge of the heatspreather area:D The real text is from the real orig. 990X ...just crop it from another pic and paste it to random 775 cpu pic...and hand out a little blur tool to make it nice and tidy:D

Soo tell me that i am wrong:nutkick:
LOLWUT? It's not "photoshopped", it's just that the IHS was a badly done copying of what a 990X IHS looks like. You know, it was done in the real world.
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#14
treboRR
by: entropy13
LOLWUT? It's not "photoshopped", it's just that the IHS was a badly done copying of what a 990X IHS looks like. You know, it was done in the real world.
so im wronk.....:banghead:
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#15
ironwolf
Wow, scammers are still remarking chips? Haven't heard much about that stuff lately.
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#16
fusionblu
The guy must of looked at the fake i7-990X and in his mind he thought "Seems Legit". :laugh:
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#17
_JP_
I find it even funnier that it took 19 replies until someone eventually showed (literally) the guy (which was completely clueless) the difference between a skt1366 and a skt775 processor.
If you're going to buy a processor online, you should know what the hell you're doing. Request all sorts of stuff/info. If it raises one red flag, one, bail-out.
The seller is a scammer and should be punished, no doubt, but ignorant buyer is still ignorant.
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#18
ensabrenoir
by: FreedomEclipse
why do i have the sudden urge to find where that guy lives and hop skip and jump around him while shouting "ITS A TRAP!!"
thats just wrong :shadedshu.........down riight funny:roll: but wrong:laugh:

This would totally trump everything in the worst fail thread though
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#19
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
I would ask for a CPU-Z validation with a "submitted by" string of my choice.
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#21
ensabrenoir
This story needs to be ilinked into that worst fail thread
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#22
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
What I don't understand is why the scammers don't do it right. If you are going to remark a cpu, use one from the same socket, so it still works with the persons setup. Take a couple of 930s for a few hundred a piece, remark them 990xs and sell them for $1000 a piece. That way it is less suspicious and they could claim "it is just the motherboard reading the cpu wrong, you should RMA your motherboard"...

There is less profit margin this way, but less risk of it coming back at you to.

I don't condone this, just saying, criminals are stupid...
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#23
PC_User
poor guy , goes to show only buy from trusted sites / sellers
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#24
m1dg3t
by: newtekie1
What I don't understand is why the scammers don't do it right. If you are going to remark a cpu, use one from the same socket, so it still works with the persons setup. Take a cpu inch of 930s for a few hundred a piece, remark them 990xs and sell them for $1000 a piece. That way it is less suspicious and they could claim it is just the motherboard reading the cpu wrong, you should RMA your motherboard...
Sneeky b@stard! lol Exit's thread to make a small fortune....

I feel bad for the buyer but he should have done his homework before wetting his epeen :o
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#25
faramir
by: repman244
I would count the pins :D
Awesome ... you would count the pins on an LGA package chip.
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