Fake AMD Ryzen CPUs have been sent by Amazon

Amazon has been sending out fake AMD Ryzen CPUs to some consumers.

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There have been two consumers that have ordered AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processors from Amazon, but they didn't receive a real CPU - because in 2017, that's a thing.

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Both of the Ryzen CPUs were in fact Intel Celeron CPUs that were disguised as Ryzen 7 1700 processors. Reddit user sh00ter999 posted an image to Reddit of what was meant to be the Ryzen 7 1700, and instead it was actually an Intel Celeron processor that looked like a really poor attempt at an AMD Ryzen chip.

The "Ryzen 7 1700" shipped with the wrong, and even damanged heat sink, with packaging that looked dodgy as well. There were no pins on the bottom of the CPU, and mixed with the pinless AM4 socket, could've resulted in damaging a motherboard if someone pushed down too hard on the heat sink when installing it.

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How did this happen? It looks like the sellers were pushing RMA fraud, ordering the Ryzen 7 1700 processor and keeping it for themselevs, swapping out the Ryzen CPUs for Intel Celeron CPUs, resealing the package and sending them back to the retailer. Amazon workers would've not known something fishy had taken place, and shipped them to the next customer.

Amazon were quick to respond, sending out replacement processors with overnight express delivery and even a gift card for the consumers' problems. Still, it would suck to receive a fake Ryzen CPU.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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