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Old 05-15-2008, 05:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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An E8400 Wolfdale that I recently purchased was OEM, so it didn't include a heatsink fan or come with a retail box.

Is there a difference in the warranty period between an OEM and a retail version of the same CPU?

Could there be any other potential differences between the two beside simply originating from different batches of CPU's?
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No thats just it....
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I normally just buy the retail version anyway, just to have a backup cooler when i need one.

But as far as i know, thats the only difference
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only difference.
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Default Re: OEM Vs. Retail Box CPU

One many Intel CPUs the warranty period is only 1 year for OEM procs, but it's always 3 years for boxed. The OEM warranty period can vary a bit but all that I've seen are only 1 year. Worth the extra $10 to get the extra two years, I think. Not sure if AMD operates the same way.

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^i didn't know that. hmmm, good thing i got a retail q6600.
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