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  • October 31st, 2008, 05:48 PM
    With retail CPUS you must send the stock HSF in with the CPU for RMA
  • October 25th, 2008, 03:26 PM
    Retail units come with a UPC code while OEM don't (as not for sale in the retail market). You should have to submit your UPC code (some allow a copy) to receive warranty coverage from the mfr. OEM products if they have any backing at all are backed by the companies that sold them to you - either separately or as an integral part of the system. The companies that sell OEM parts, negotiate warranty coverage with the mfrs. IAC, with OEM parts you have to deal with the middleman, you generally can't go direct to the mfr. for warranty support.

  • October 25th, 2008, 01:17 PM

    I know its not part of the warranty but something they are doing but cant find info to it anywhere.
  • October 25th, 2008, 01:11 PM
    1) Serial numbers and proofs of purchase.
    2) Not as a part of the warranty? It may help to poke around the Intel website.
  • October 25th, 2008, 12:48 PM
    Thanks for the response. Then 2 more questions.

    1) How can intel tell the difference when supplying a warranty for these if there is no difference.

    2) Also I heard that intel take back faulty CPU's both OEM and Retail for a certain price to remove them from circulation. Does anyone have more detailed information on this and who I can contact for this?
  • October 25th, 2008, 12:44 PM
    NO... there IS no difference physically between retail and OEM
    Its simply a distiction in marketing and packaging
    OEM are sold bare with minimal packaging for system builders who neither want or need anything but the part
    Retail is simply a nice glitzy packaging job and extra literature and extras (like cables, adapters, heatsinks, etc) for an end user.

    Thats IT!

    The core part come off the same assembly line and there is no manufacturing distinction... period
  • October 25th, 2008, 12:24 PM

    Thanks for the response. Im interested to learn if anyone knows if there is a way.

  • October 25th, 2008, 12:20 PM
    Really the only way I know how to tell is if they come with a stock Intel HSF or not. If they are used though, there is no telling.
  • October 25th, 2008, 11:52 AM

    How to tell the difference....


    I bought some CPU's and want to know how I can tell if they are OEM or Retail. I bought them on eBay and received the used CPU's.

    I just want to know if there is a distinctive difference on how I can tell if they are OEM or not. Is there like a model numeber or some differnce that seprates the retail from oem??


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