Intel launches new CPU replacement plan for hardcore overclockers

By Matthew
Jan 18, 2012
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  1. Although it's safer than ever to overclock your hardware, disaster can and does strike. Manufacturers can't guarantee their products will withstand your abuse and, in fact, activities such as overclocking…

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  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    awww, nothing for the 980x. I've been itching to push it but that only happens when I'm bored enough.
  3. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Guru Posts: 467   +97

    Price seems to be very reasonable for a service that seems unbelievable. I can overclock the hell out of my first processor with peace of mind. If it pops, I get my replacement and I just have to go back to being very careful.
  4. just goes to show how much profit per chip they make to be able to replace one so cheaply
  5. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 727   +230

    Let's just hope this isn't abused by *****s presuming this is licence to push their chips to destruction.
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,261   +92

    Sounds like you're a glass-half-empty kinda guy, Guest. In my opinion, it shows how much faith the company has in its products. It must realize so few overclocked processors will fail during the warranty period that it can replace fried parts for a few bucks and still make a profit.
  7. Osiris391

    Osiris391 TS Rookie

    I think you're looking at it completely wrong. $20 to replace a cpu that you accidentally fried by overclocking is such a good deal that I dont know anyone who wouldn't buy that protection. With that in mind how many chips end up fried? I'm gonna guess it's less than 5% and that's being very generous I think. They're either gonna make a decent profit and look good doing it or make a great profit and look good doing it.
  8. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    I fried a 920 for the heck of it kind of... I was able to run it at 4.7 ghz @1.5volts. Primed it for 6 and a half days. I wish they had this replacement program then, but then again...this is kind of exploiting the system. Unless they become like insurance companies and increase your premium everytime something happens. I only did it because my 980 was already in the mail.
  9. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Only ever (sort of) fried one CPU in the modern era (X6800), but nice to know that the option is there if the user want's to take advantage of it. Now, if they include CPU lapping that'd be icing on the cake.

    /awaits AMD unveiling their "Performance Tuning Support Plan" for FX at the low-low-low price of $19.98
  10. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,293   +55

    I just wonder how they can tell. I think I remember some salesman telling me the pins look more burned on a chip run past its specs.
  11. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    seems like a great idea, i dont oc but when i get out of college and have extra cash this is a very nice safety net
  12. unbelievable how intel is making money, from thin air ....25$ is almost 10 % from cpu price,
    this thing is like those upgradable cpus via software if you remember
  13. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,159   +198

    I did not think it possible to tell/prove what a chip died from?

    Same warranty period equals waste of money to me....
  14. It's not easy to fry a modern chip, guys.

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