Intel Now Offers Overclocking Protection Plans on Select Processors, Still Doesn't Encourage the Dark Art

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praack

all these years never fried a proc yet- now all of a sudden there is a warrenty for Overclockers

good way to make money- just like :extended warrenty that B Buy sells on everything (including ball point pens)

not really needed unless they start binning the processors with less capable cpus and passing them off as the same. - doubt that as the failure rate would be higher.

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Sovereign

Grabbed this so I have an excuse to push past 4.4GHz.

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Wiked_smart

I have a 2500K and would love nothing more than to get it up to 5GHz! This will make it possible, well at least if I blow it up I can get another for $20 and the cost of shipping.
I'm on it like blue bonnet!

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aferrara50

Looks like it's time for suicide runs on my 3960X. Finally get that 5.5ghz I've been looking for. 1.7 vcore here I come.

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JohnP

Heh, my P8P67 Evo mobo and a 2600K will not sleep over 4GHz so my overclocking is limited anyways. Funny thing is that damn if I could tell the difference between 4.4 and 4.0GHz. Sure does not seem to act 10% slower..

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Holly Golightly

Ugh, this is just Intel finding a way to make more money off of their customers. No thanks, I'll overclock intelligently. A little research goes a long way, believe it or not.

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Kinetic

Not really. If you want to overclock say a 2600k, but fail and burn out your chip, you're only out $25 instead of $300. The first time at least. I'd say that's a heck of a deal.

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I_pwn_newbz86

So what if Intel starts offering a new service that its customers are willing to pay for? Whats wrong with that? Holly stop making everything sound bad.

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stevro

Should the Core i7 3920K, actually be 3930K?

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austin43

As far as I know it's impossible to tell if you've been overclocking for Intel...other than examining burnt up parts on the chip; which could be caused by the fan falling off or just ceasing to work. Also, why do they sell unlocked chips if they're so against overclocking? Seems pretty hypocritical.

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jason2393

The fan falling off wouldn't be covered by the standard warranty (they would probably consider it improper installation), so this additional coverage would protect you in this situation, as well as overheating from overclocking, so no matter how it burns up, you should be covered.
To answer your other question, Intel sells unlocked chips because they profit from them, and they hope this warranty will encourage more people to buy their more expensive (yet just as cheap to make) unlocked processors.

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Amphoteric

Should be i5 2500k? Either way, you do a great job doling out the info on my favourite magazine's website. Cheers!

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Paul_Lilly

Aye, good catch.

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jason2393

Considering that my motherboard likes to set the processor voltage to whatever it feels like even when I'm not trying to overclock and never allows SpeedStep to underclock my 2600k, this might be good to have. That, and the fact that I am trying to get stable at 5 GHz and it is taking considerable voltage to do so.

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