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Is there any difference between OEM and Retail?

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January 16, 2002 11:28:09 AM

I am getting pretty close to buying a P4 for my new system. On certain sites like sharky extreme, they post prices for OEM and Retail processors. I was just wondering if there is any reason (other than price) to get one or the other. Thank you

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January 16, 2002 1:46:35 PM

Yes, there is a big difference between OEM and retail. First, the retail version comes with a heatsink and fan, and pretty good ones at that. The OEM doesn't. Secondly, retail versions carry a 3 year warranty. The OEM only comes with a 30 day warranty. My advice is to buy a retail boxed proc as you are only spending a few dollars for a three year warranty.
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January 16, 2002 6:50:21 PM

I disagree. If your processor is DOA then either can be returned. And I've never had a processor, used correctly, die within three years. Plus, you want a better fan anyway.

P.S. How can you fry a P4 with their "ultra thermal protection?"


That's what you get for buying your computer based on <font color=orange>color</font color=orange>. :redface: