Eh, I got the retail, and really, I just felt more comfortable with a retail product, and it only cost a few bucks more. Yes, the HSF isn't all that great, but really, unless you overclock, it's really no big deal.
Most oem chips come with a 30 day warantee(or 10 days) if it was handled badly it wont work when you get it and you can return it. The only difference between retail and oem is the warantee and hsf, that is ALL.
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Many reputable dealers will sell OEM chips with a 1 year warranty, such as mwave.com. In this situation, there is not much advantage to retail.
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October 8, 2001 10:49:44 PM
All of my previous processors have been retail boxed, as well as the majority of all my pc components, for that matter. As far as the overclocking aspect goes, I haven't decided. I imagine that initially even the 1.4 coupled with everything else I plan to get will be soooo fast in comparison to my current setup that I won't overclock. However, I would not totally rule it out, and I'm buying components which are known to be overclocking-friendly