This weekend it was reported that Newegg accidentally shipped Intel Core i7 demo boxes to customers, but Intel claims these are not Intel products but counterfeits:
Intel's Dan Snyder had a public comment for us today about our "Newegg Selling Fake Intel CPUs" story reported here late Friday.
Intel has been made aware of the potential for counterfeit i7 920 packages in the marketplace and is working to how many and/or where they are being sold. The examples we have seen are not Intel products but are counterfeits. Buyers should contact their place of purchase for a replacement and/or should contact their local law enforcement agency if the place of purchase refuses to help.
According to Engadget, about 300 of these fake processors made their way into the retail channel:
After a fair bit of digging, it seems as if one of NewEgg's "long time partners" (D&H Distributing) got ahold of 300 fakes in a batch of 2,000, though not everyone's buying the "it was an honest mistake" line -- especially when you consider that said company has already issued cease-and-desist letters to the sites who published the news.
Here's a video of the contents of these counterfeit products.