When review sites go HORRIBLY wrong (those crazy uncles :P)

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09/03/2010 by The Sorcerer


Once a upon a time, there was a company called intel who made an i7 processor (lets’ call them cakes) and a pack of wolves who were also part-time UFO conspiracy theorists. Lots of these “cakes” were sold via newegg. Everybody wanted the piece of this cake in U.S. and they preferred from newegg. But for few people, the cake turned out to be a lie and so the story starts from here in our overclock.net forums. What happened? the wolves started to speculate and put up an article stating in the headlines that it was newegg that was faking it. The forum posts went like this and 2 of the forums that was famous for this story was tribalwars and overclock.net:

Well I just ordered a bunch of parts to build up a gaming desktop for a client of mine. The Core i7 CPU box was already opened inside the bigger sealed box everything came in…and this is what was inside! A gimmicked CPU heatsink made of some sort of heavy plastic mold and a fake processor made of aluminum surrounded by a green sticker! I mean seriously I can’t even believe it. I can’t wait to call them tomorrow! This is some serious in-house stuff going down for sure. Someone has taken the time to develop molds for a similar accurate CPU heatsink weight and a similar looking CPU at a glance. UNREAL!!! I just LMAO when I saw all this.

One can speculate a lot about such photographs, therefore forums exists :P.

Jokes apart, possibilities are endless. It could be a fake sold by newegg, but then again, just how many people have thought that “why would a company like newegg will succumb to such level?” or it could be an defamation attempt by a group of dissatisfied newegg workers. Chances are slim that it can be done by a troll, but we’ve seen trolls on rare scenarios doing really idiotic things but in great detail. Some dealers are frankly trolls who will just derail the facts by spreading lies.

People tried very hard to back up that it was a troll attempt from the OP. Conspiracy theories never sounded so “Sherlock-ish” till you read the following comments:

Do I smell a troll?!

Sounds like slander to me , Shame on you.

and well there’s more where THAT came from but things went for a toss and went overboard when hardOCP decided to put up an article about it. This is the screenshot of the article as on Friday , March 05, 2010:

Overclock.net and hardocp wasn’t the only forums to highlight this and this spread till techenclave, erodov and a Chip-India forums. Result? Newegg released a statement and a pretty good one:

Newegg is currently conducting a thorough investigation surrounding recent shipments of questionable Intel Core i7-920 CPUs purchased from Newegg.com.

Initial information we received from our supplier, IPEX, stated that they had mistakenly shipped us “demo units.” We have since come to discover the CPUs were counterfeit and are terminating our relationship with this supplier. Contrary to any speculation, D&H Distributing is not the vendor that supplied us with the Intel Core i7-920 CPUs in question.

Newegg’s top priority is to proactively reach out to all customers who may have been affected to ensure their absolute satisfaction. We have already sent out a number of replacement units and are doing everything in our power to resolve the matter promptly and with the least amount of inconvenience to our customers.

We have always taken pride in providing an exceptional experience for each customer, and we apologize for any inconvenience to our valued customers. We take matters like this extremely seriously, and are working in close cooperation with Intel and the appropriate law enforcement authorities to thoroughly investigate this incident.

They’re also serious about a lawsuit against hardocp and techeye (never heard of it) who posted an article stating that newegg was a bad boy selling bad cakes. If you see, they didn’t include overclock.net but when I checked the article today, majority of the posts that was against newegg and OP was deleted- including the rants from multiple mods and admins who blamed that either the OP was a troll or newegg are scam artists, so much for freedom of expression (read: speculation) on a forum. The only post I was able to salvage was this (heh, I always hated when people quote the entire post but its thanks to this I was able to get the screenshot before the admins find out and delete it):

Dumbass!!! They are the same because its being posted BY THE SAME DAMNED DUDE!!! YOU LOOOZER!!!1111

HardOCP made 2 grave mistakes when they put up an article- 1 was stating that it was newegg was selling fakes based on a forum post (by the way they put their headlines, it was pretty obvious) without hearing the story from both the end and 2nd was that they assumed it was D&H distributors, and also in the end speculated that they were counterfeits. HardOCP added an update to the article yesterday:

UPDATE – 03/08/10

Statement from Newegg:

Newegg is currently conducting a thorough investigation surrounding recent shipments of questionable Intel Core i7-920 CPUs purchased from Newegg.com. Initial information we received from our supplier, IPEX, stated that they had mistakenly shipped us “demo units.” We have since come to discover the CPUs were counterfeit and are terminating our relationship with this supplier. Contrary to any speculation, D&H Distributing is not the vendor that supplied us with the Intel Core i7-920 CPUs in question.

Newegg’s top priority is to proactively reach out to all customers who may have been affected to ensure their absolute satisfaction. We have already sent out a number of replacement units and are doing everything in our power to resolve the matter promptly and with the least amount of inconvenience to our customers. We have always taken pride in providing an exceptional experience for each customer, and we apologize for any inconvenience to our valued customers. We take matters like this extremely seriously, and are working in close cooperation with Intel and the appropriate law enforcement authorities to thoroughly investigate this incident.

The video can be found here, assuming it still should be there when you check it out. In the midst of all of this, an article to make people “aware” of such fakes, but the entire article was a fail. You might most probably facepalm right now if I would say there were people who thought that the i7 fakes can work so they tried to use it. I had a “lolwutwtfLMAOROFLhahahaha” moment when I read this from PCworld, although this is not directly/maybe indirectly related to newegg:

1. Performance. Authentic Intel Core i7 processors contain a number of innovative technologies to improve performance. Core i7 chips have an integrated triple-channel memory controller. They also replace the archaic front-side bus architecture with Intel’s new QuickPath Interconnect system, and use hyperthreading to turn the Core i7’s four physical processor cores into eight virtual cores.

A fake processor would most likely not have these cutting edge advantages, resulting in inferior performance compared with the authentic Intel processor.

2. Lifespan. Fake processors may not be properly calibrated for the operating voltages or clock speeds intended for the legitimate Intel equivalent. Operating at an incorrect voltage or overclocked processor speed can damage the processor, or significantly reduce the lifespan of the processor.

3. Motherboard. Processors installed in the processor socket intended for Intel chips may not meet the same design specifications as authentic Intel processors . Inferior quality or anomalies in processor engineering might have an adverse impact on the motherboard. Counterfeit chips may also run hotter than authentic Intel processors, shortening the lifespan of the processor, and possibly affecting other components in the computer.

4. Warranty. Arguably the worst news of all for customers duped into purchasing counterfeit Intel processors is finding out the hard way that the chip is fake and not covered by warranty–at least not by Intel. Intel provides a three-year limited warranty for boxed processors purchased directly from Intel. The warranty provided for processors installed in OEM systems varies, but suffice it to say that Intel will not be providing warranty support of any sort for counterfeit processors.

**cricket…..cricket….cricket**

I guess pcworld have lost their vulcan minds for letting this man post this “article”. Lets assume for a moment that fakes are being sold throughout “the world”, why would an idiot use expensive resources to reverse engineer a processor?? A person who has assembled a rig in his life can easily differentiate from fake from genuine product, atleast such fake stuff. I mean, if you’re reading this, then you can spot it with barely a proper glance:

You see, kids- this is what happens when you smoke weed and writing an article at the same time, it does things to you and takes you to the twilight zone.  The author of the article later updated the thread to justify his article. He says that:

[Author’s Note: While the fake processors involved in the Newegg Core i7 incident are literally hunks of metal good for little other than weighing down paper, it highlights the fact that fake/counterfeit processors are out there. This article addresses the concerns related to counterfeit CPU’s in general, and why buyers should exercise caution and due diligence to ensure the hadrware is genuine.]

Yes, he did get the hardware’s spelling wrong, who’s perfect :P. But in any case, for now, this problem is an isolated incident which posted by genuinely worried buyers with photos but was blown out of proportion all thanks to the resident UFO conspiracy theorists. Credit has tobegiven to newegg that they are takig care of the customers and I hope they have a good year ahead.

Edit: We already have the cliched “hitlet finds out..” parody video on youtube already. Enjoy the show and the tech gossip and “scandals”

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One thought on “When review sites go HORRIBLY wrong (those crazy uncles :P)

  1. sid says:

    ROFL. Good article.

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