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Overclocking has been an inevitable part of high-performance personal computers for over two decades now. Even though nowadays leading suppliers of x86 microprocessors and graphics cards release special chips and special tools to boost performance of their products by the end users, devices damaged by overclocking up to now have not been covered by warranties. Intel Corp. has decided to change that.

Intel on Wednesday introduced a new pilot plan targeted at the enthusiast community. The new pilot service plan for “K”, “X”, and LGA2011-socketed boxed processors called the performance tuning protection plan (PTPP) provide certain out-of-warranty service offerings in the event of damage caused by overclocking or overvoltaging by the user. Available at the cost between $20 and $35 (depending on microprocessor), the plan enables user to receive a one-time replacement processor if the user’s overvoltaging or overclocking causes the original processor to fail. The plan only applies to issues directly related to performance tuning.

“The enthusiast community is a critical market segment for Intel and we are looking at more opportunities to serve that community. In this spirit, Intel is announcing,” a statement by Intel reads. Previously, Intel started to sell high-performance CPU coolers, including those that use liquid, under its own brand.

At present the plan covers Intel Core i5-2500K, Core i7-2600K, Core i7-2700K, Core i7-3930K, Core i7-3960X central processing units. Eventually Intel is likely to expand the list.

Intel’s intention to exchange special-edition microprocessors that failed as a result of overclocking of overvoltaging will clearly amplify popularity of Intel’s latest products among enthusiasts. This will also encourage overclockers to set records on Intel’s chips. Besides, it will add further pressure on the company’s arch-rival Advanced Micro Devices, who is keen on attracting enthusiasts and overclockers. Finally, the PTPP initiative shows Intel’s confidence in its own chips that are pretty hard to break by overclocking or overvoltaging due to various protection technologies.

This pilot plan will last for six months. The first phase of the plan will include only resellers: CyberPower, Canada Computers and Electronics, Scan Computers, and AltechComputers.  On February 13, 2012, Intel plans to add additional resellers to the PTPP initiative. Intel will also be providing the plan directly to customers at its web-site. Intel will evaluate the plan throughout the sixmonths and decide whether or not to proceed past the pilot phase.

Tags: Intel, Core, LGA2011, Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge


Comments currently: 11
Discussion started: 01/18/12 06:10:10 PM
Latest comment: 01/22/12 12:47:39 AM
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This "insurance" is just a means to fleece more sheep.
2 3 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/18/12 06:10:10 PM]
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because amd didn't think of it and doesn't have anything like it! moron!
3 2 [Posted by: dudde  | Date: 01/18/12 07:43:00 PM]
show the post
0 4 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/19/12 06:15:37 AM]
You are indeed full of BS. You keep bashing other companies that come out with an idea before amd could come out of something brilliant. Go buy yourself a brain! Moron.
3 1 [Posted by: dudde  | Date: 01/19/12 07:22:54 AM]
Idiots like you who think buying BD from amd are more gullible thinking they didn't throw their money around!
2 1 [Posted by: PnoyP  | Date: 01/19/12 08:03:58 AM]

Nice, I hope AMD and Nvidia will Follow Next
4 0 [Posted by: xentar  | Date: 01/18/12 07:05:10 PM]

This is a good idea for intel to make even more money. It gets them more customers and they don't lose money.
3 0 [Posted by: evernessince  | Date: 01/19/12 01:35:56 AM]
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I agree. An insurance does not mean that consumers will intentionally provoke accidents, especially that this is one-time insurance. It will help a handful that is searching for limits to feel more safe. For rest it is not easy to damage CPU by overclocking (unless LGA 2011 is very different here from other platforms).
1 0 [Posted by: KonradK  | Date: 01/19/12 04:24:21 AM]

How about you don't overclock your hardware unless you know how to not overvolt/overheat it. I feel this is indeed a worthless service as long as you know what you are doing while you are overclocking and are aware of your hardwares thermal/voltage limitations before you even start.
1 1 [Posted by: veli05  | Date: 01/19/12 08:45:57 AM]
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Unfortunately there are some socially and technically challenged fanbois here who have no clue how to do math, read and comprehend industry news stories or company sales data, or even understand how insurance scams work. Trying to explain anything to them is a waste of time. They really need to go back to school and get an education but instead they prefer to make personal attacks on AMD and anyone that posts accurate info. that disagrees with their distorted view of the world.
0 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/19/12 05:19:29 PM]

Just another scam to fleece the suckers/another PR stunt

As if Intel (and AMD) have not already replaced countless thousands of processors in the past that were damaged by nubs trying to get that extra MHz

I really am sick of reading all the HATE by the same posters again and again, get a life you tools
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 01/22/12 12:47:39 AM]


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