Some end users might get a sort of an upgrade (unless they wanted on-chip graphics) in the form of Ryzen 5 3600 CPUs when they bought a Ryzen 3 3200G APU. The untampered factory seal confirms this mix-up happened during packaging.
While the packaging and the contents belonged to the Ryzen 5 3600 Matisse CPUs, the packagers accidentally did not swap the processors and partially labelled it for the APU. According to the source, this affected a large batch of 3200G units that are bound to customers in China. These batches are not shipped anywhere else. This was confirmed by HKEPC via its Facebook page but took it down for some reason. But The Hardware Times provided some details about the mix-up.
The cause of the mix-up
The Ryzen 3 3200G had an unexpected increase in sales figures during its mid-year sale in June. AMD didn’t have enough packaging so it decided to use the old one. But the newer stickers did not overlap the print on the older boxes which originally belonged to the R5 CPU. Somehow, it managed to mix up or forgotten to remove the CPU in place for the APU- and shipped it.
While for some this would be a welcomed upgrade, some might not even care. The key selling point of the APUs is the on-chip graphics. Most likely it is purchased by those who didn’t want a discrete graphics card. It is just going to confuse those who assembled a system only to find out there’s no video output when turned on. Now that the issue is identified, AMD most likely has a mechanism in place to replace these for the APU… should the customer choose to do so.
WOW! This is one hell of an oopsie!