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Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Madamme Freedom fief
Oh, bummer, that's actually a silicon lottery alright, but a losing one. Still, Microcenter is legit. But people do return stuff there, like I did
with lots of items - however they are marked Open Box, nothing is hidden. It's Intel's production quality. I wanted to make some money as a teenager and went to (re)build a "clean room" for chipset wafers, under strict control, so I know, a spec of dust and you get 5.1Ghz at 1.4v or worse. I was considered a construction worker, but I got enough dough for my bike and knowledge about how clean a sealed dusted clean room is with people rarely walking in in practically hazmat suits... Later I even studied that, but then post-grad switched to a social science profession and never followed this stuff.
It's up to us to buy the clearly marked Open Box items from MC or not. I bought a year ago a 9700k that was OCing to 5.1Ghz at 1.28vcore from them. So, it is luck after all.
I'm already running on a Ryzen 3600x for $190 with a new B450 Tomahawk max for $95 (and an Rx5700"xt") As an occasional gamer that's enough. Intel is an enormous fun in terms of oc for me, but I'll be back to Intel next time[IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/IMG]
And thanks man for your thread!
I am your father?