OEM and Retail Processors
Last updated: 12/8/2001
Q. What are the differences between OEM and Retail
versions of processors?
A. OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer = a company
that makes/markets computers (and parts), etc. which include parts made by
other companies, and not the “original” manufacturer as OEM implies, just
masquerading as one. OEM processors are earmarked for companies that
build computers; Retail processors are packaged for store shelves and sold
mainly to end-users. I buy both kinds. Retail (or "boxed
retail," "PIB," "Processor in a Box") versions
usually include a heatsink-fan (which may or may not be already mounted on
the processor), user instructions, warrantee, etc. and OEM versions do not. See http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/cpu/socka/1.html for
more info on OEM and Retail processors, especially regarding heatsink-fans.
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