What is the difference between an OEM processor and a Retail processor

I'm just trying to figure out whether I should get an OEM e2180 or a retail. There is a small price difference. Does the oem leave out important things I might need?
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  1. The retail will give you the fan and heatsink, the OEM just the CPU
  2. The OEM has a shorter warranty, I believe. Retail version is generally 3 yrs - OEM is much less.
  3. Yeah, that too.
    I usually don't care about warranty that much.
    With electronics if it's going to break it will break almost immediatly
  4. ok cool, thanks. I think i'll get the retail version then, as I don't have my own heatsink
  5. Here are some top 5 heatsinks if you are interested:

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
  6. The aftermarket heatsinks will perform better but you have to do a little research to see if it fits your CPU and if it won't interfere with something else in your motherboard or your case
  7. Retail comes in a box. It sometimes has a warranty.
    OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer. You, if building your own.
  8. OK thanks alot. That Xigmatek HDT-S1283 is surprisingly cheap. Do you think that would fit on a ds3l board with an antec 900 case, and a dual-slot graphics card?
  9. Difference between OEM and Retail is as follows.

    OEM - 1 year
    Retail box - 3 years

    OEM - no sticker , no box or booklet - comes in a tray - known also as tray product
    Retail- Nice box, nice sticker, manual with simple installation instructions and well packaged.

    Retail are a few dollers / pounds dearer and not worth going for oem....

    For the extra few quid a retail chip is better value just for the warranty alone...

    I always put in retail processors for this factor..
  10. OK, it's settled then, I'm going retail. Thanks for clearing this up guys
  11. I saved a few bucks and ordered my Q6600 OEM because I was getting the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme and a Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Fan (two of the best cooling products I found). I also located this article on Intel stock coolers which you might want to read.
  12. OEM is normally about 30 to 50 dollars cheaper.
  13. dcinmich said:
    I saved a few bucks and ordered my Q6600 OEM because I was getting the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme and a Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Fan (two of the best cooling products I found). I also located this article on Intel stock coolers which you might want to read.
    There is a reason why reputable articles always have dates on them.
    That article was written by a frequenter here. He wrote it before the core2s were released. It does not apply to the hsf for core2 chips.
  14. endyen said:
    There is a reason why reputable articles always have dates on them.
    That article was written by a frequenter here. He wrote it before the core2s were released. It does not apply to the hsf for core2 chips.


    Sorry (hangs head in shame)
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