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which do you think is better, boxed or OEM microprocesser? why?
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  1. Best answer
    They are the same , the only diference is the cpu cooler. Boxed have cooler and the oem don't have.
  2. At least for Intel® processors like an Intel Core™ i5-2500K the box/retail comes packaged with a HSF (heatsink/fan) and a 3 year warranty. While the OEM has only a 1 year warranty and doesnt come with a HSF.


    Christain Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  3. ^+1 exactly!
    AMD provides 3yr warranty for retail box with HSF.
    Otherwise you get an 30 day warranty on AMD oem processors.
  4. davcon said:
    ^+1 exactly!
    AMD provides 3yr warranty for retail box with HSF.
    Otherwise you get an 30 day warranty on AMD oem processors.



    Hi :)

    You have to be careful with generalisations like that as it depends which country you are in...

    And users here are from many countries with different laws...

    As an example I am in the UK and here an AMD OEM cpu comes with no HSF and a 1 year warranty....

    All the best Brett :)
  5. It's rare for a CPU to malfunction, but it does occur. I never use the stock heatsink, but I generally buy a retail CPU for the 3 year warranty just for peace of mind. I tend to keep CPUs for more than 3 years before upgrading.
  6. Best answer selected by Battosai23.
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