Can anyone tell me the difference between

a boxed and a unboxed cpu? Sorry, if this is a stupid question. Thanks.
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  1. Boxed CPU AKA Retail Box CPU - includes original heatsink, fan, manual, sticker, box, and 3 year warranty.
    Unboxed CPU AKA OEM CPU - just the CPU itself - no extras. Warranty dependent and supplied by retailer.

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  2. There's a lot of confusion (and disagreement) on this very matter.

    An interesting thread presenting Steve Benoit's opinions on this subject can be found <A HREF="" target="_new"> HERE</A>.

    While I have no direct knowledge one way or the other, I will say that I have read contrary opinions in several other forums.
  3. Aren't the manufacturers supposed to have a minimum of 1 year warrenty on brand new items by law?

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  4. I don't think so.
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