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Intel introduces "overclocking protection plan" for enthusiasts

by on19 January 2012

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In what might be one of the most welcomed announcements for enthusiast hardware overclockers in 2012, Intel has announced a new "overclocking protection plan" that attempts to offer some extra comfort for serious performance addicts who intend to protect and enjoy their pricy CPU investments at all costs.

Intel's new Performance Tuning Protection Plan is a new pilot program that provides warranty protection to serious enthusiast overclockers in the event that an Intel CPUs gets physically damaged, fried, dangerously overvolted or just unexpectedly explodes during a high-performance overclocking session.

For a one-time fee between $20 and $35 (depending on the CPU model), Intel will provide a one-time replacement of certain processors that were physically damaged by overclocking or overvolting. This replacement protection warranty is completely optional and would serve in addition to the already-included 3 year warranty that comes standard on all of Intel's retail boxed processors.

Intel's Performance Tuning Protection Plan will be launched on January 18, 2012, at 12:01AM PST and will last for six months. The first phase of the Plan will include four resellers: CyberPower, Canada Computers and Electronics, Scan Computers, and Altech Computers. On February 13, 2012, Intel plans to add additional resellers to the Plan.

As of now, the plan only covers the Intel Core i5 2500K, Core i7 2600K, Core i7 2700K, Core i7 3930K and Core i7 Extreme 3960X. More processors are expected to be added in the near future. 

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