A person was not too long ago caught at China’s Qingmao port making an attempt to smuggle CPUs into China. Although not the primary try at smuggling PC elements into China, this newest try was a very gutsy strive, because the smuggler was apprehended with a minimum of 306 CPUs strapped to his physique.

Smuggling PC elements as an alternative of medication may make it easer to evade the sniffer canine, however making an attempt to go a metallic detector check would have been a bit extra of a problem. It seems that wasn’t the explanation he was busted, although.

China’s Folks’s Every day (through Tom’s {Hardware}) reported that the person was apprehended making an attempt to cross from Macau to mainland China on June 29. Customs officers observing incoming vacationers believed the person “was strolling in an irregular posture”. A subsequent search by officers led to the invention of 306 CPUs wrapped in plastic movie and tape throughout the person’s waist, legs, and again.

The model of CPUs was not disclosed, however one of many footage launched by Qingmao Customs does show a handful of them and my guess is that they’re LGA 2066 CPUs. They don’t seem to be the newest and biggest CPUs, which is fascinating in and of itself. Why smuggle older CPUs? Is it for tax avoidance or minimization? Are these engineering samples? Have been they destined for a Chinese language market?

Maybe they have been meant for a megalomaniac’s supercomputer being constructed as a part of a plot to destroy the world. Except the Chinese language customs division decides to inform us, we’ll by no means know.

Simply final week, a smuggler was caught carrying 420 M.2 SSDs (from Macau once more), whereas final December, a lady was caught with 200 CPUs and good iPhones inside a prosthetic stomach.