Buying a processor. What’s the difference between OEM and Retail? Tags: CPUs Intel i7 Processors Oem Last response: December 27, 2009 10:28 PM in CPUs Share jimmy328 December 27, 2009 10:23:02 PM Hello All, What’s the difference between OEM and Retail? Does it really matter for buying an i7 processor? The reason that I ask is because I am going to buy an i7 processor for the gaming system I am building. I am considering one of two processors. One processor is the i7 – 950 3.06 GHz: cost: $569.99 - RETAIL and the other processor is the i7 – 960 3.2 GHz: cost: $574.99 – OEM For the extra $5.00, I would prefer to have the extra Ghz. Is there a big difference? Does it really matter which one I buy? Thanks, Jim More about : buying processor difference oem retail | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove sirheck December 27, 2009 10:25:16 PM Retail comes with a HSF and OEM doesnt. | Report abuse warmon6 CPUs Master December 27, 2009 10:27:22 PM sirheck said:Retail comes with a HSF and OEM doesnt. +1 | Report abuse jimmy328 December 27, 2009 10:28:12 PM Oh, heat sink and fan. Thank you. I'll go with the OEM because I am buying separate and better HSF. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>CPUs>Buying a processor. What’s the difference between OEM and Retail?> Related ressources: ForumWhat is the difference between " OEM " and " Retail "? ForumIs there any difference between OEM and Retail ? ForumDifference between Retail and OEM CPUs? ForumDifference between OEM and Retail CPUs? ForumWhat is the difference between an OEM processor and a Retail processor Forum Forum*ATTN: Difference between Vista OEM and Retail License* ForumWhat 's the difference between OEM and retail version of windows 7? ForumThe difference between OEM and Retail ForumHard Drives: Difference between OEM and Retail ??? ForumHow do I know the difference between an OEM CPU and retail ? ForumDifference between OEM and retail versions of Operating systems? Forumdifference between Xp home single pack and retail and OEM ? ForumDifference between Retail and OEM ? ForumDifference between OEM / Retail ForumWHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OEM VERSION AND RETAIL ? ForumDifferences Between 7500 OEM and Retail ForumBuying OEM/Retail CPU ForumPSU Help ForumAM2 processor in a AM2+ or AM3 motherboard More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !