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How To Identify A Fake Intel Retail Processor

Please note that there are multiple sources for counterfeit boxing materials so some counterfeit boxes may not exhibit some or even all of the differences noted below. Therefore, the following tips do not necessarily confirm that a boxed processor is genuine or counterfeit.

Box Print Quality

Genuine : At first glance, it would be rather hard to distinguish between the genuine article and the fake one.

Counterfeit : If you compare both boxes, you will see that the fake box has a few subtle differences, including a lighter-coloured logo with a less-pronounced 3D effect.

Box Seal

Genuine : The box is sealed by a continuous line of glue. When you tear open the box, you will see a plastic strap.

Counterfeit : The glue is applied in a few dots. There will not be any plastic strap present when you tear open the box.

Seal Sticker

Genuine : The genuine seal sticker has glittering dots and is sticky and soft enough to prevent removal and reuse. You have to tear it to open the box.

Counterfeit : The fake seal sticker is dull-looking and you can easily lift it off the box and reuse it.


Genuine : The genuine label is a single sticker with a hologram section on the right.

Counterfeit : The fake label is actually made up of two separate stickers. The hologram is separate from the main label.


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