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March 26, 2002 2:01:29 PM

What is the difference between an OEM CPU and a Retail Box CPU? Is it worth the savings in price to buy an OEM processor?

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March 26, 2002 2:08:45 PM

With the retail package you'll get a 3 year warranty from the manufacturer and a HSF which is adequate as long as you don't plan to OC. With OEM you'll usually get a 15 or 30 day warranty and you'll have to buy a HSF, which offsets a lot of the difference in price between OEM and Retail.

My opinion is, go retail if you don't plan on OCing, go OEM and get a good HSF if you do want to OC.

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March 26, 2002 2:28:36 PM

The exception being Pentium 4s, which come with a great heatsink.

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March 29, 2002 3:20:35 AM

Maybe that's why I couldn't find any OEM Northwood 1.6A in PriceWatch.

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March 29, 2002 3:27:45 AM

Because of the heatsink? Doubt it, more likely that they're just too rare. Or perhaps Intel didn't release any OEMs?

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March 29, 2002 10:10:52 PM

the price difference between the the oem and retail P4 1.6A is almost negible (like $15 at best)...i would suggest just getting the retail because not only does it have a great HSF...the fan is hideously quiet...

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