Fake Durons tip up in Taiwan

Come and get, me copper

In Victorian times, if the marketing folk of the day wanted to make something sound exciting and high tech, they'd affix an 'Electric' prefix or suffix. Thus were born the Crapper Electric Toilet and the DeSade Electrical Servant Pacifier.

Today's IT marketing goons have chosen 'copper' as the buzz word of choice. Copper interconnects, copper heat spreaders and such like impressing and bemusing the great unwashed.

If it ain't got copper, it ain't worth Jack, is the message.

And so it should come as no surprise to find that unscrupulous Taiwanese retailers are selling 'copper' AMD Durons to gullible punters. The nearest a Duron purchaser will ever get to copper is when the change is handed over in the store.

But you can fool some of the people some of the time and by running Durons for a couple of seconds without a heatsink, the poor little things change colour from the normal green to a more cupric hue and are then sold at a premium to the hard of thinking.

And as OC Workbench says in its forum: "Don't buy it - it's a fake." ®