Intel is investigating the sale of counterfeit Core i7 processors following the purchase of fake chips by customers from online retailer Newegg.
According to reports, the counterfeit processors are so crude that even non-technical customers would pick up on them with misspellings on the actual packaging containing a square piece of aluminium.
In a statement, Intel says: "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."