"Mass" Fraud Reported by WCCFTech on Ryzen CPU Returns at Amazon

Posted by Kyle 8:19 AM (CDT)

Monday July 17, 2017

As noted, WCCFTech has scoured two posts at Reddit (here and here), that show how they have purchased "fake" Ryzen processors from Amazon.

People returning processors that are NOT what has been purchased has been going on since I started reviewing hardware 20 years ago, so this is far from a new scam and happens on a daily basis (or at least widely every once in a while as with Newegg) with everything computer related. These two instances are a bit different as the perpetrators have gone through the trouble of looking like what is a re-screening of Intel CPUs with Ryzen branding. While two instances is far from "mass" fraud, it is worth pointing out that if you are going to buy Ryzen processors from Amazon you should grab one direct from Amazon rather than a 3rd party reseller.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Processor (YD180XBCAEWOF)
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor (YD170XBCAEWOF)
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire LED Cooler (YD1700BBAEBOX)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Processor (YD160XBCAEWOF)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler (YD1600BBAEBOX)
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler (YD150XBBAEBOX)
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler (YD1400BBAEBOX)

And look in the side window BEFORE you open the box. HardOCP readers know the difference between an AMD and Intel CPU by what the IHS looks like alone. Put that eagle eye to good use. Thanks to Quartz-1 for the link.