Re: Intel OEM processors
OEM hardware/software is usually provided in bulk lots to big businesses/companies. The price for the hardware/software is less than the retail version, due usually to simpler packaging, 'special' bulk prices, etc.
Any extra or leftover units which didn't get sold are usually then sold to smaller retailers. Because of the lower price these units are available at, it is not good for the producing company to offer warranties on them (as the unit replacing the failed part would have sold for a higher price, therefore there is loss)
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