Beware Fake AMD Ryzen Chips on Amazon, eBay

Intel Celeron processors are being sold as AMD Ryzen chips

By Karl Utermohlen, InvestorPlace Writer

Vendors are selling fake Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) Ryzen chips on several e-commerce websites.

Fake AMD Ryzen Chips
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Consumers reported buying AMD Ryzen processors on, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY), and receiving products that were clearly manufactured by different company.

There was one Reddit user who posted pictures of his AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor purchase on Amazon, which looked legitimate at first. He then realized that the device was clearly developed by a different company as it was an Intel Celeron (NASDAQ:INTC) processor.

Another user posted images of a processor he bought from Amazon, which appeared to be real as it has the Ryzen markings. However, it is different as some of its features are clearly part of a different microchip.

The notches and overall integrated heatspreader (IHS) are not the ones that the Ryzen 7 1700 processor brings, and it only has the company label through a transparent sticker that makes it look like a different brand.

It is unclear whether these devices are being sold through Amazon directly or through a third-party vendor.

One of these users said that he reported the problem to Amazon and received a replacement that actually contained the correct device.

AMD stock fell 2.8% Tuesday, while AMZN shares rose 0.8% and EBAY stock fell 1%.

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