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    OEM or retail CPU?

    Got a choice between:-

    1. A64 3200+ OEM (unknown core) - £92
    2. A64 3200+ retail (venice) - £110

    Is it worth the extra £20 for the overclocking potential or is there no difference between OEM and retail batches of CPU?
    Last edited by davidstone28; 12-03-2006 at 08:54 PM.

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    as far as i'm aware the only difference would be the warranty and heatsinkfan that comes with it in the retail versoin
    Last edited by jackofalltrades; 12-03-2006 at 09:06 PM.

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    For the slight difference in price i'd go for the retail. The HSF is handy if you don't plan to o'clock and can make do with a standard one but the extra warranty is a big bonus...

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    Newer venices tend to clock crap.. if u get the E6 rev chips.. you'd be glad to hit 2.4Ghz.. no really.. my E6 3200+ cant even hit a good 2.5Ghz stable without pouring volts in spades..
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    Ask the vendor for OEM core info, but I expect it will also be Venice - e.g. same chip but without cooler and warrenty.

    If you plan to go with retail cooler anyway, go with Retail, if you plan to use a better (and quierter) cooler (Artic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro), or you plan to overclock, get the OEM and the afore mentioned Artic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro.

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