Intel's Performance Tuning Protection Plan is Peace of Mind for Overclockers

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News Posted: Wed, Jan 18 2012 5:59 PM
Intel today unveiled a pilot program that provides warranty protection to overclockers in the event they get a little bit overzealous with pushing the pedal to the metal. For a fee, Intel will provide a one-time replacement of certain processors that were damaged by overclocking and/or over-volting. It's completely optional and in addition to the original three-year standard warranty that already applies to Intel's retail boxed processors.
Intel is pleased to announce the introduction of a new pilot plan targeted at the enthusiast community. The enthusiast community is a critical market segment for Intel and we are looking at more opportunities to serve that community. In this spirit, Intel is announcing a new pilot service plan for “K”, “X”, and LGA2011-socketed boxed processors called the Performance Tuning Protection Plan. This Plan will provide certain out-of-warranty service offerings in the event of damage caused by over-clocking or over-voltaging by the user. By purchasing this Plan and meeting the Plan’s criteria, the user can receive a one-time replacement processor if the user’s over-voltaging or over-clocking causes the original processor to fail. This pilot Plan in no way expands, changes or extends the original three year standard warranty and is simply a Plan the user may want to purchase for over-clocking or over-voltaging.

This pilot Plan will be launched on January 18, 2012, at 12:01AM PST and last for six months. The first phase of the Plan will include 4 resellers: CyberPower*, Canada Computers and Electronics*, Scan Computers*, and Altech Computers*. On February 13, 2012, Intel plans to add additional resellers to the Plan. Intel will also be providing the Plan directly to customers at the following website: http://www.intel.com/go/tuningplan for the duration of the Plan. Intel will evaluate the Plan throughout the six months and decide whether or not to proceed past the pilot phase. For more information please visit http://www.intel.com/go/tuningplan.

Processors in which you can purchase a Protection Plan include:
  • Intel Core i7 3960X: $35
  • Intel Core i7 3930K: $35
  • Intel Core i7 2700K: $25
  • Intel Core i7 2600K: $25
  • Intel Core i5 2500K: $20

Intel isn't yet ready to flat-out endorse overclocking but the Santa Clara chip maker is perfectly content to "provide a limited remedy if issues arise as a result of [an enthusiast's] decision to enable overclocking," for a modest fee, of course.

It's a one-time replacement guarantee without the option to double- or triple-down with multiple Plans for a single processor, but quite frankly, if you manage to burn out a processor twice-in-a-row by overclocking, you're better off running at stock until you figure out what you're doing. It is, after all, fairly difficult (though not impossible) to kill a CPU these days with all the safeguards that are built in.

You can purchase or learn more about Intel's Performance Tuning Protection Plan here, and be sure to read over the FAQ and Terms & Conditions.

What are your thoughts on overclocking warranties? Is this something you'd like to see more of from Intel or AMD, or do you think it's a waste of money?

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LLeCompte replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 7:51 PM

This is actually sorta cool. It can give people a peace of mind as they mess around with their chips.

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OSunday replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 8:55 PM

Wow the price of the plan is amazing, these means something like buying a new processor, and steadily increasing the OC is technology advances to keep pace with upgraded better performing components doesn't have to be done at the expense of you warranty and more or less safety of your product.

I wonder what Intel does with returned damaged chips and whether their repairable or recyclable,

But more importantly will AMD respond with something similar? Otherwise it would make the appeal of Intel chips even more appealing to enthusiasts and OC'ers alike than they already are

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That is really awesome of Intel. Hope they turn this kind of thing into something long term.

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I have to say intel finally is being friendly,amd should do the same but at lower price so they can compete vs intel :) with that new idea.

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IOlsen replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 10:48 PM

This is flat out cool!!! Buying a $1,000 extreme cpu & only having to pay $35 for a replacement, with of course intel limits. But all in all, its Awesome!!!

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 11:15 PM

This is a pretty good idea; something can go wrong in terms of an overclock whether or not the processor fails quickly due to the overvoltage and the heat and it's nice to know that I get a second chance with the second processor and an increased desire not to screw the second change up. Though there may be potential for abuse, it's nice to know that Intel is offering those overclockers a pay-safetynet.

Now if only AMD can jump onboard with their own version of this.

 

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If amd comes with that idea i bet it will be at lower price to get advantage.sadly i'm not buying a cpu from amd because intel Upcoming processors are  going to be a whole new level :)

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Keep in mind this is only a pilot so them keeping the plans hinges on how well it goes over. Personally I love it I have never really overclocked my processor because I couldn't afford to replace it. I feel like I would be willing to cough up $35 bucks on a 500+ dollar processor for peace of mind and would reasonably overclock the processor.

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AKnudson replied on Thu, Jan 19 2012 5:06 PM

if i remember correctly there was an article about a young japanese oveclocker that was using an amd fx bulldozer proccessor he hit 5.1Ghz

if he had an intel proccesor and this plan he wouldn't have been as stupid for not using a cooling system.

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Some people just leave voltage in auto(novice) because they are afraid of touching the voltages in manual. I recommend to make some research and read  "how to overclock" articles and what programs to use before overclocking.Also please try not to use the OC switch , go to the BIOS and increase by small increments.

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Very nice, though I wonder how long it will last

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