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Difference between OEM and Retail processor?

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by sehcure, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. sehcure

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 24, 2011

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    Looking at the i5 2500k, the retail is £6 more.
    It's not that i'm worried about the price difference, i'm just genuinely curious..What's the difference?
    Is it the box? :confused:
     
  2. Blackwhite

    Wise Guy

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    OEM doesn't come with a Heatsink and it has 1 Year warranty only.
     
  3. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

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    Retail is worth the extra £6. Get a heatsink, 2 years extra warranty and if you come to sell it you can state that its a retail.
     
  4. sehcure

    Wise Guy

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    If you use a third party cooler you don't need the heatsink do you? :|
     
  5. andy_mk3

    Soldato

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    Location: Lincolnshire

    No but the warranty is the main bonus.
     
  6. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

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    Just go with the retail. Who wouldn't want 2 years warranty extra on a £180 CPU for JUST £6.
     
  7. ng93

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    Retail - heatsink, 3 years warranty

    OEM - no heatsink, 1 years warranty
     
  8. thezakarum

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 22, 2010

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    Location: Hampshire

    When you overclock the cpu doesn't the warranty become void?

    I went for retail just for the 3 years warranty but I thought once you've overclocked it they won't accept warranty or somthing I could be wrong.
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2012
  9. Razzi

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    Nope I don't believe overclocking the cpu matters for the warranty.
     
  10. Rik1254

    Wise Guy

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    It states in the handbook you can overclock to the maximum stock speed (so the 2500k can be "OC'd" to 3.7GHz), any more and it voids the warranty, but 99% of the time they cant prove an overclock.
     


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