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How To Identify A Fake Intel Retail Processor (Continued)

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.

Fan Label

Genuine : The fan will have a thick label.

Counterfeit : The fan's label is thinner.


Genuine : It has been said that the genuine boxes have a certain scent. We know that many people scoffed at this but Intel confirmed that this is true.

Counterfeit : According to sources at Intel, counterfeit boxes are often printed using acid-based inks which results in a vinegar-like smell.


Intel's Advice

Intel advises all who intend to buy Core 2 processors to do so only through authorized Intel distributors or resellers. You are less likely to have a problem if your processor was purchased from an authorized Intel distributor / reseller.


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Hazards Of Using A Fake Retail Processor
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• How To Identify A Fake Intel Retail Processor
   - Box Print Quality
   - Box Seal
   - Seal Sticker
   - Label


• How To Identify A Fake Intel Retail Processor
   - Plastic Container
   - Plastic Container Locks
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• How To Identify A Fake Intel Retail Processor
   - Fan Label
   - Smell???
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Date Revision Revision History
03-04-2008 1.0

Initial release.

09-04-2008 2.0

Updated the guide with notes on multiple sources of counterfeit boxing materials, the smell of counterfeit boxes and Intel's advice on the issue.

10-12-2008 3.0

Revamped the guide.
Added a report about ES processors being used in these fake processor kits.

27-12-2008 3.1

Added more details about Chinese ES processors that are being used in these fake processor kits.

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