OEM is just the item, no extras like in the retail package. Its basically what companies would sell system builders like Dell, Gateway, etc. I got an OEM hard drive, and it was just the drive-no cables. Good way to save money if you already have cables and such.
OEM is a good deal for optical drives, hard drives, and floppy drives. I don't think I would buy any thing else OEM, but I want the retail box with cables and a manual. With hard drives and such, the retail packaging can easily add $20-40 and all you get is a box and maybe a IDE or SATA cable.
Original Equipment Manufacturer<br>
The bulk packaged parts used by companys that build aftermarket systems which are shiped in builds, unlike the same device put in a fancy retail box with a few extras that cost a lot more.
OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer [if I'm correct]. It is just the item like ^ said. No manual, cds, cables, screws etc. They don't even come in a box. Usually just wrapped in bubble wrap. It's cheaper compared to the RETAIL version because it comes in a fancy box with everything it suppose to..manuals, cds, cables, screws etc.
The soundcard in my specs was an OEM from newegg. It was just the card and the driver cd, nothing else. No fancy looking box or packaging or anything, which I think made the card like $50 or less then the retail version.
OEM units don't always have the same warranty as retail units! <br />
The reason they come in stuff like bubble rap or a simple little plastic case like with CPU is because the are bulk boxed in large quantities or with the CPU in trays, all of which are intended to be put directly int a PC.
Originally Posted by <strong>FearSC549</strong>
<div style="font-style:italic">So, the warrenty will be different? Overclocking= expired warrenty o.o</div>
</div>He hee, not true, OCed Retail CPU that died was replaced <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><br />
Same for whoever it was that killed several Retail Vid Cards and got all of them replaced!
It's a matter of personal preferance. They are the same product. If you want the extended warranty go retail, just run the retail FHS for a week or so, so that it lookes used if you have to return the CPU/FHS for RMA <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
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