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OEM and Retail Box

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OEM- Just the CPU, usually in a small plastic box with anti-static foam. Nothing else.

Retail- CPU, generic el-cheapo AMD extruded aluminum HSF, instruction manual and snazzy AMD case sticker - all in a snazzy retail box.

Go with OEM. There is no sense in paying $20 for a worthless HSF and some packaging.
 
augustwest said:
when you go to buy a processor you listings as OEM and some are Retail Box. what does that mean to me?
Usually the final consumer is the one paying for all the nice packing and instructions you don't need.
 
Retail usually comes w/ a 3yr warranty while the OEM is 30days or less retailer's warranty.
If you plan on o/c or messing around w the cpu, it's worth the extra $10 for 3yrs worth of warranty.
 
maxima88 said:
Retail usually comes w/ a 3yr warranty while the OEM is 30days or less retailer's warranty.
If you plan on o/c or messing around w the cpu, it's worth the extra $10 for 3yrs worth of warranty.
No manufacter takes rma's if you overclock the cpu.
 
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One other thing you get with retail is a 3 year warranty from AMD on the cpu. With Oem the warranty ranges from 30 days to 1 year. If your going to Overclock it then Retail is a waste of money
as with o/cing if you burn it up it's your fault. If you don't plan on overclocking and want the extended warranty then for some thats the way to go IMHO.
Randy
 
Randy, you beat me to it this time.
Once you physically start messing around w/ the cpu, that voids any kind of warranty.
 
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