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butter
03-05-03, 06:22 PM
is one inferior?
scenario

athlonxp 2400 retail - $154

athlonxp 2400 oem + volcano6cu hsf - $154

which would u pick? why?

volt
03-05-03, 07:03 PM
No difference what so ever :) (except for HSF and a box)

StealthHawk
03-05-03, 07:09 PM
Volcano 6 should be superior to the HSF that comes with the retail CPU, so i would pick OEM CPU + Volcano 6

Smokey
03-06-03, 01:41 PM
There is one BIG difference, Retail comes with a 3year warranty. But as has been said, the HSF wouldnt be one for OC, it will however, be a good quite HSF.

gmontem
03-06-03, 02:14 PM
If you ignore the HSFs altogether, would a retail CPU be more overclockable than an OEM CPU? I would think AMD employed more testing on their retail CPUs than on OEM CPUs, but I could be wrong.

jnd3
03-06-03, 02:38 PM
I wouldn't think OEM CPUs are any more or less overclockable than retail, unless you're dead-set on getting a particular stepping. I just bought a retail XP2100+ that'll run rock stable as an XP2700+ with a slightly boosted Vcore (+0.05 V) and the retail fan (runs a bit warmer than I'd like, though). I cranked it down a notch to XP2400+ speeds (12x166MHz), and it'll only crack 50C after hours of Splinter Cell in a warm room. It'll be a cheap upgrade in the future...just a new heatsink/fan! :)

And as Smokey said, there's the 3 year warranty for retail vs. 30 days (or is it 90?) for OEM....

Cheers,
JND

StealthHawk
03-06-03, 04:01 PM
Originally posted by gmontem
If you ignore the HSFs altogether, would a retail CPU be more overclockable than an OEM CPU? I would think AMD employed more testing on their retail CPUs than on OEM CPUs, but I could be wrong.

no, they should be the same.

Smokey
03-06-03, 04:24 PM
Originally posted by jnd3

And as Smokey said, there's the 3 year warranty for retail vs. 30 days (or is it 90?) for OEM....

Cheers,
JND

Where I come from you get a 1 year warranty on OEM AMD cpus :p

butter
03-06-03, 05:47 PM
doesnt the warranty go away the instant u overclock. lol

Smokey
03-06-03, 08:56 PM
Originally posted by butter
doesnt the warranty go away the instant u overclock. lol

Yes and thats what happened to my xp1800+ :banghead:

But he new T-Bred B cores dont have the L1 bridges laser cut, so you really dont need to mess about with unlocking it ;)

butter
03-06-03, 10:58 PM
so they have no way of finding out if you changed the fsb and fried your core?

Smokey
03-07-03, 04:28 AM
Originally posted by butter
so they have no way of finding out if you changed the fsb and fried your core?

As long as the core is untouched, if it looks the same as it was when you bought it, there isnt a problem.