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Hey, I heard that if you buy a socket 939 opty and it is not used in a server there is no warranty even if you buy a retail box version. Is there any truth in that?

I am thinking about buying a 148 and there is a $20 difference between the two and I figure if the retail box doesn't have a warranty there is no need to spend the extra money to get it.

so I guess if they are only covered if they are in a server how would AMD ever know?
 

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The OEMs usually only have a 30, 60, or 90 day warranty unless you pay for an upgrade. Retail are advertised with a 3 year.
Whether or not they will warrante an Opty in a nonserver MB is unknown to me.
 

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If you go by what people are doing on this forum the warranty wont matter, considering OC'ing voids the warranty
I would say go with the OEM, Because if you do OC then you should buy a aftermarket heatsink anyways. (OEM does not come with a HS)
 

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i went ahead and bought a retail opteron because it had the 3 year warranty. was this s waste of money? i also bought an aftermarket cooler too. guess another HS in my box of computer junk. heh
 

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The fact remains, unless you tell them, AMD will never know you did or didn't use it in a workstation/server motherboard.
The same goes for overclocking, unless you told them you did or you burned the chip from it, they'll never know.
 

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yeah, I ordered the retail version cause I figure they'll never know it wasn't used in a server... and if they ask I could always tell them that it is... (ouch) I don't need the hsf.. but having an extra laying around won't hurt.

I have a big typhoon that i'll use w/ it

oh, btw... are the hsf that come w/ opterons better than the ones that come w/ a64's? I'm just wondering because I'm putting my 3200 in another computer and I can either use the stock fan from it or the one from my new opty
 

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No, it's pretty much the same as the ones that come with that Athlon 64s. No heatpipes or anything like the ones that come with the X2s and FXs.
 

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congrats on the purchase....you will become one of us now..

The difference in price is viewed really as "piece of mind" for the warranty. I guess it's good to think of 3 years. But on the other hand, do you expect to have that chip for 3 years....I usually change chips once a year..I bought OEM because I've never run into any problems with killing chips..I'm sure I have been close with some of the voltages I toss at them.
 
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