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If you get ES and you burn it, do they let you RMA for a different ES one?
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They both have on site warranty but I have an article basically saying Intel do not honour warranties on ES chips.
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The long answer (or an answer with proof) would be hard for us to supply, as we cant just go ask Intel what their stand is on Engineering Samples. However, it would follow common sense to assume that ES's are made at a higher quality then regular chips for the very fact that Intel would want the reviews of the chips to be as good as possible in order to make as much market buzz as possible. It is also a well know fact that the later ES's tend to overclock alot better then regular chips, on the average. I dont have any direct links, but go ahead and look here for some peoples overclocks on ES chips and at other forums and you will see what I am talking about. One thing to remember though, ES chips do NOT come with a warranty, you kill it, you are SOL.

Your answer to questions two is yes, both will have unlocked multis, as the QX6700 (retail) is an "Xtreme" Branded chip, hence it has the unlocked multi.

I for one love my ES, it would be one hell of a beast if I had better cooling. It can get to 3.4 on Stock volts (1.28-1.29) and up to 3.7 @ 1.34 volts. Imagine what I could do on phase.
post #14 of 16
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Wow, nice overclock on your 6800 , actually your whole system is a killer.
Thanks for the replies. Damn hard choice if what you said is the case. Possible higher overclock or warranty? There is a 3 year on site warranty offered on the ES though, won't know if I'm covered until I make a claim. I guess when your spending $1000 the definite warranty has the win.
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The long answer to your question has been answered already. The ES cpu use superior silicon wafers because it has to under go heavier testing therefore the ES is a far superior chip allowing for igher oc,s and normally true es chips will have open multi,s up as well as down. Personally given teh chance i would choose a es chip over anything else...Hope this helps ...m
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Found the answers I was looking for.
Was talking to a guy who has a QX6700 ES and a QX6700 Retail, wish I was that lucky . Anyway he found absolute no difference in their overclocking abilities or performance, so retail it is.
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