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intel boxed cpu

by firsttime2007 / January 31, 2007 10:27 AM PST


I had bought e6600 processor with ECS P965 mobo for $299 as a combo deal from Frys.
The cpu was not boxed but came in a simple thin plastic case.
I checked other places and notice that e6600 is never less that $319 and they show a intel blue box.
What is the difference between the intel box and the clear plastic case from Frys?


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OEM vs Retail
by linkit / January 31, 2007 10:37 AM PST
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It should be the same brand new CPU model.

OEM - short warranty, you supply the HSF and thermal compound/pad, no fancy box
Retail - longer warranty, includes HSF with thermal compound/pad, fancy box

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Adding to what Linkit said
by VAPCMD / January 31, 2007 11:12 AM PST
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OEM - short warranty (whatever the retailer provides 15-30 days sometimes a little longer), you supply the HSF and thermal compound/pad, no fancy box

Retail - longer warranty (usually 3 years for CPUs), includes HSF with thermal compound/pad, fancy box.

My preference...RETAIL BOX.

Happy Computing


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make sure you're getting new, not open box/returned items
by ramarc / January 31, 2007 10:49 PM PST
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that's at least $420 of hardware you've got so $299 sounds too good to be new.

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by firsttime2007 / February 1, 2007 2:22 AM PST

The mobo was new but could not tell whether the cpu was new or not.
The 3yr warranty says "for professionally installed.."
So it does not apply to me anyway.
But atleast I am getting a new product.


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