Finally, here's the statement Intel just sent us, explaining in no uncertain terms that these are counterfeit parts:
No matter who's at fault here, the damage has been done. We'll never build another PC without losing precious seconds carefully examining its CPU first."Intel has been made aware of a limited number of counterfeit i7 920 packages in the marketplace, specifically Newegg, 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.
Intel is getting samples to inspect and until then we can say that everything in the package appears fake. Some of the photos of the processor look like it is a casting and not even a real processor of any kind. Newegg has moved quickly to replace the suspect units."
[Thanks, Cody C.]