Counterfeit Pentium III in circulation
Just a few years ago they were widespread: Intel CPUs that illegally ran at higher clock speeds than prescribed by Intel. Since no processor had an internal multiplier lock, the 'business' turned out to be particularly easy and profitable for criminal organizations. So a large number of overclocked and relabeled CPUs came into the trade, which of course mostly no longer ran properly, or gave up their ghost early on. Not to mention the damage to Intel.
But the forgery trade has been quiet in recent years. The internal lock prevented the criminals from falsifying the clock rates. Now, however, CPUs labeled as Pentium III 933 MHz and equipped with bypassed locks that were originally specified as 600s have appeared in wholesalers. Even the security seal of the large packs (300 pieces) is undamaged and the CPU imprint has been changed, so that a fake CPU can only be identified using the processor ID read with the help of the 'S-spec' tool and Intel's CPU identification website is possible. Should the lock of the 600 Pentium III be identical in Intel's entire product range, we can probably prepare for a veritable flood of counterfeit CPUs. Whereby the counterfeiters, adapted to the market situation, will always pick out the most profitable version.