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« on: January 02, 2005, 09:23:33 PM »

Tigerdirect has screwed me over, so now I'm back to square one. One thing I'm a bit confused on do I need to buy any paste/greese if it's the retail version of the CPU. I take it the retail version of the CPU comes with a Heatsink. Is that correct?

I have to wait till tigerdirect refunds me befor placing a new order (visa gift card) so I have a few days to do this.
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2005, 10:22:58 PM »

usually retail comes with heatsink/fan on them.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2005, 02:56:47 PM »

I just recently got a retail AMD 64. AMD calls it a 'CPU in a box' (or something such), and it's pretty much everything, including grease, which was pre-applied to the heatsink.

So, no grease necessary with the AMD 64 retail. I have no idea about intel.
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2005, 03:35:09 AM »

a "retail" Intel CPU comes with everything you need for the install.  the chip and the heatsink/fan are separate, and the heatsink has a pre-applied thermal pad.  all you have to do is drop the CPU into its socket, lock it down, then clip the HSF into place on top.  the whole process is very simple and you don't need anything that isn't included in the retail box.
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2005, 07:34:36 AM »

You can get two versions: boxed (with cooler and therefore paste/pad applied), or tray (plain CPU without cooler and paste/pad)
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2005, 10:46:30 PM »

Quote from: "Zitterbacke"
You can get two versions: boxed (with cooler and therefore paste/pad applied), or tray (plain CPU without cooler and paste/pad)

boxed = retail
tray = OEM/white box
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2005, 10:59:49 PM »

I've always purchased retail Intel CPUs.  They come with a heatsink/fan and a 3-year warranty.  OEM have a 30 day warranty.
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