Oem or retail processors?

Can anyone tell me the real difference between the two???

Besides price…

Retail CPUs generally come with a longer warranty and a fan/heatsink.

Peace of mind is worth the extra few $ , I always get retail CPUs , and NEVER had a problem . Go for retail :slight_smile:

I have bought both and haven’t had any issues either way. If you need a heat sink then it is usually cheaper to buy a retail package and you will also get a longer warranty than OEM. I over clock nearly every processor I run and use after market coolers so many times it makes more sense for me to buy OEM. As far as the performance between a retail and OEM CPU there is none if they have the same CPU ID designation. I know that I seem to have more luck over clocking OEM CPUs for some reason.

Unless the price is really a large differential I would go with the Retail because of the warranty. :iagree:

no difference only no heatsink and shorter warranty on oem

So whAt is the difference between these two???

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103228

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103191

[QUOTE=airphotog;1970478]So whAt is the difference between these two???

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103228

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103191[/QUOTE]

Besides $10, I don’t see one…

Yo-

$10 - and the cheaper one does not have a fan/heatsink-

My experience with the AMD fan/heatsinks has been very good - better than the $10 price differential-eh!!

[QUOTE=airphotog;1970478]So whAt is the difference between these two???

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103228

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103191[/QUOTE]

If you are planning on overclocking, the black box edition has an unlocked CPU multiplier. Then again, if you are planning on overclocking, you’ll want a good aftermarket CPU cooler anyways. Take a look at this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185125. Good price for a workhorse cooler. Several posters here have them and I have yet to hear a true complaint.

if only you already have the motherboard and just need to upgrade the CPU. The Phenom Quad Core 9500 is only $185. But at this stage, I would go for intel processor if you dont have the motherboard already. To me the retail version is only $15 to $20 more but it comes with 3 year warranty VS 1 Yr in OEM version. In addition, if you are are not overclocking, use the stock fan that comes with the processor in the retail version. The retail version, if you put everything together, is a much better deal than OEM

I have baerly started looking into this, but arn’t the phenom processors not only unlocked, but they include an amd overclocking utility where you can go so far as changing voltage, changing multiplier and changing speed for each core individually? I saw a pre release review where they were supposed to be like this. It sound like some good potential (and fun) if you are an overclocker and might even be competitive with the conroe’s at the >200$ price range?
Am I smoking crack or did I really read that and thats the way they are?

i’m personally waiting for january 21st, intel’s new release of the

qx9350

it’s the lowest of the new highest end processors, much better than the q6600 and about $260-270 msrp, hopefully will actually be released on that date and at that price! Has 1333 FSB unlike the 1066 fsb of the q6600 , also has 50% more L2 cache but the qx9650 will have DOUBLE the amount of l2 cache and no released date, I can’t wait much longer… lol… i need a new pc like ASAP.

[QUOTE=ripit;1971069]I have baerly started looking into this, but arn’t the phenom processors not only unlocked, but they include an amd overclocking utility where you can go so far as changing voltage, changing multiplier and changing speed for each core individually? I saw a pre release review where they were supposed to be like this. It sound like some good potential (and fun) if you are an overclocker and might even be competitive with the conroe’s at the >200$ price range?
Am I smoking crack or did I really read that and thats the way they are?[/QUOTE]

The Phenoms have locked multipliers. However there will be a black edition coming out mid-year with unlocked ones. There is a utility for overclocking (AMD Overdrive) but the only thing it’s really good for is finding a stable overclock without having to reboot and/or BSODS to apply in the BIOS. You can also bypass the BIOS patches for the TLB L3 cache errata with it.

This is the board that I ordered…

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131013

that’s one sweet looking board, I like the 7 sata3.0 ports, lol… but amd phenom 9600 can’t compare to even intel’s intel core 2 quad q6600 that came out a year ago I’ve seen SEVERAL comparisions that all say amd is left in the dust… I’m sure someone ewill disagree and find the articles that say the opposite so I welcome it!

[QUOTE=airphotog;1971147]This is the board that I ordered…

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131013[/QUOTE]

Nice board, but you may have been better off getting an AM2+ board. They are backwards compatible with socket AM2 cpus, but doing an upgrade would have just been a Phenom processor down the road. AM2 boards can run the Phenom either natively or with a BIOS update but with a downgrade in performance.

[QUOTE=jhtalisman;1971161]Nice board, but you may have been better off getting an AM2+ board. They are backwards compatible with socket AM2 cpus, but doing an upgrade would have just been a Phenom processor down the road. AM2 boards can run the Phenom either natively or with a BIOS update but with a downgrade in performance.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, AMD quad core is super affordable if you dont really want to push to the limit. Quad core is not a fast honda civic, it is like a pickup truck, it is not as fast as a car but it gives you hauling power when you need it. I am hoping that board can flash to AM2+ support.

Very impressive looking board. I don’t see the kitchen sink, but it must be there somewhere. :wink:

What is the difference between the am2 amd am2+???