Fake AMD chip raid

By Derek Sooman on January 4, 2005, 3:48 PM
Police in Tainan, southern Taiwan, have seized a total of 60,000 suspect AMD CPUs after an AMD tip-off. The chips, which were defective CPUs that would normally have been destroyed, might have been stolen from one of AMD’s three packaging and testing plants in Asia and shipped to Taiwan for re-marking. Millions of defective chips may have already been shipped for sale.

It should be painfully obvious that remarked and defective CPUs will not work properly. They may well work unstably, malfunction, and will in all likelihood refuse to be over clocked in any way, assuming that they do indeed work. Even if you think you are getting a bargain, remember that you are buying something that the manufacturer has deemed unworthy for sale, and something that has been stolen.




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Didou said:
"It should be painfully obvious that remarked and defective CPUs will not work properly."Remarked CPUs aren't sold as that. They're sold as fully functional OEM parts. It's only once you get home & spend hours maybe days trying to get them to work that you realise that you've been dupped.It would be a lot easier if people would buy boxed versions of these CPUs but they're close to impossible to find. You can only find boxed Semprons & Athlon64s these days.
Phantasm66 said:
Why I said that is because I have heard of them being sold cheaply (still illegally) but with no lies about what they were.I do realise that they get sold as complete OEM as well, sometimes even poisoning genuine stock. Although surely any really reputable supplier gets their chips from authorised dealers that have direct links to AMD supply and avoids such chips altogether?
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