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OEM and retail?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ashmanq, 13 Apr 2006.

  1. ashmanq

    Gangster

    Joined: 21 Mar 2006

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    Location: Scotland

    I was just wandering what the difference is between OEM and retail components? Are there performance differences in say OEM CPU's compared with retail versions or is it just that OEM components dont come with proper manuals and drivers?
     
  2. SiriusB

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    There shouldn't be any difference at all. OEM components tend to come as is with no extras or warranties or anything like that. For instance, the difference between say a Retail CPU and OEM CPU will most likely be that the Retail CPU has a HSF with it.

    Other than that both CPUs should be exactly the same.

    SiriusB
     
  3. Indy500

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    OEM products usually have a 1 year warranty (with the exception of hdd\optical drives) and dont come with extras (such as manual\heatsink etc). Retail products usually have a longer warranty and come boxed with a full package.
     
  4. R B Customs

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Sep 2005

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    Location: Manchester

    yea true
    say an intel boxxed CPU comes with a 3 year waranty. wher as an OEM only comes with one year.
    SOME OEM porducts are designed to be uput in pre build mainstream PCs, i have an OEM X-fi soundard and theres OEM drivers for it ( HP drivers) even though the retail ones still work.
    Rick
     
  5. Tappits

    Gangster

    Joined: 5 Apr 2006

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    Location: Stoke

    Retail vs. OEM
    The biggest difference between a retail and OEM product is how warranties are handled. Most retail products come with very well defined terms for service and support in case the product has any problems. OEM products on the other hand will generally have shorter warranties and limited support. The reason is that the OEM product is supposed to be sold as part of a package via a retailer.

    As a user who is building a computer system or upgrading a computer system, the retail version may also be important. If you are unfamiliar with what is required to install the component into the computer system, the manufacturer instructions can be very useful as are any cables that you may not have.

    There should be no physical difference in a component if it is sold as OEM or in retail. The difference is the extras that are provided with the retail version. If you are comfortable with the terms of the OEM product compared to the retail version, then it is generally better to buy the OEM product for the reduced cost. If items such as product warranties bother you, purchase the retail versions for the piece of mind they provide.
     
  6. Indy500

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    Usually the price difference is worth it for the extras and the warranty, assuming you plan to keep the product for a year or longer.