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Newegg fires IPEX in dodgy Intel chip row

Lets D&H Distributing off the hook
Tue Mar 09 2010, 12:00

NORTH AMERICAN online retailer Newegg has fired IPEX as a supplier for shipping it dodgy counterfeit CPUs.

In an official statement Newegg said it is conducting a thorough investigation into recent supplies of dodgy Intel Core i7-920 CPUs that it shipped to customers.

The initial information it received from IPEX, which had supplied the chips, stated that they had mistakenly shipped it "demo units."

However Newegg later discovered that the CPUs it was sent were counterfeit and said it is terminating its "relationship with this supplier."

The announcement by Newegg lets D&H Distributing off the hook, as Newegg has also confirmed that it was not the vendor that supplied it with the Intel Core i7-920 CPUs in question.

The whole incident was started by tech website HardOCP, which reported that one of its forum members, a Vincent Waller from Oregon, bought one of the fake Intel chips.

HardOCP also reported that another source told its reporter that "300 counterfeit processors were purchased by Newegg".

However HardOCP got into trouble when one of its sources incorrectly identified D&H Distributing as the supplier of the dodgy chips. It got the information from a source within Newegg and does not know why it was told that.

D&H Distributing slapped the website with a cease and desist order claiming that, " You have no basis for publishing these false and malicious statements about D&H. These false allegations are defamatory and disparaging to D&H"s business and business relations and have caused grave and irreparable damage to our client."

Actually HardOCP did have a basis for publishing, and although it was wrong, it simply reported what it had been told by its sources.

Things like this sometimes happen in the media and HardOCP did mention that D&H Distributing had denied the allegations.

HardOCP has since apologised to D&H and it will now be chasing its source with an axe, we reckon. µ

 

 

 

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