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[Beware] Fake Rzyen Processor Now Being Sold On Amazon

Fake Rzyen Processor Are Now Being Sold On Amazon

Ryzen processor: Online cheats boost their game in an attempt to beat Amazon and its customers. In the last one and a half weeks, at least two users reported that they have received an Intel Celeron processor as an AMD Rzyen chip when shopping at Amazon.

In both cases, the customer ordered a new Ryzen 7 1700 processor. What they got looked like a legitimate Ryzen chip at a glance, which is up to a more accurate investigation. After unpacking the processor, it soon became clear that these CPUs were not manufactured by AMD but were actually Intel Celeron processors.

Reddit user sh00ter999 posted several pictures of the fake Ryzen processor he received after Imgur. In the picture above, you can see that the notches and the entire integrated heat spreader (IHS) do not match what a real Ryzen 7 1700 looks like. And if you see really close, you can see that the Ryzen markers are on top of the IHS part of a transparent construction.

There are many other signs that savvy users would quickly recognize how the lack of pins at the bottom of the CPU, the wrong heat sink being bundled, and the package that was obviously manipulated.

A little more than a week later, another user (Yae_Ko) passed a photo showing that he had also received a fake Ryzen processor from Amazon. Here is a look:

Fake Rzyen Processors Are Now Being Sold On Amazon

It is not clear exactly where these processors come, such as whether they are sold directly from Amazon or via a third party on the site. One of the more plausible scenarios is that the perpetrator requests RMAs for purchased Ryzen processors and then rebadged Celeron chips back into their place. Amazon does not get a free pass for the rental of these chips through, although we can see how a worker processing returns could be deceived.

The people at WCCFTech seem to believe that two of these fake chips that appear in the wilderness in a short span of time are due to "well-organized mass RMA fraud that seeps through the cracks." It's a bit early to tell.

On the bright side, one of the users said he got a replacement from Amazon, which was delivered overnight. For everyone else, the best way to minimize the risk of this happening is to buy directly from legitimate online vendors instead of having a chance with a third-party vendor.