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.
Newegg has yet to comment on Intel’s statement, which seems to contradict Newegg’s initial statement on Friday:
Newegg is aware of a shipping error that occurred with certain recent orders of the Intel Core i7-920 CPU. After investigating the issue internally it appears one of our long term partners mistakenly shipped a small number of demo boxes instead of functional units. Our customer service team has already begun proactively reaching out to the affected customers. In line with our commitment to ensure total customer satisfaction, we are doing everything in our power to resolve the issue as soon as possible and with the least amount of inconvenience to our customers.
Once Newegg has fully investigated these incidents, they probably will give a more detailed explanation of how this happened. For now, stay tuned for more information. Big shout out to Kyle Bennett over at [H]ard|OCP for collecting these statements.