Intel offers processor overclocking protection plan

Overclocking your processor on your gaming PC rig is becoming more and more commonplace. Many gaming PC makers offer overclocking on their desktops that are fully supported by their own warranties. But what if you wanted to build your own gaming PC and wanted to overclock your processor? Now Intel is offering people an extra bit of protection for such activities.

It's called the Performance Tuning Protection Plan. This service is different from the normal three year warranty that Intel offers for its processors. While the regular warranty covers failures while using the chip at its intended clock speeds, the Performance Tuning Protection Plan allows people to purchase select processors and have them replaced for free if they fail from any overclocking efforts with a one time fee.

Here are the Intel processors that support the Performance Tuning Protection Plan along with the prices for the plan for each chip:

  • Intel Core i5-2500K      $20.00
  • Intel Core i7-2600K      $25.00
  • Intel Core i7-2700K      $25.00
  • Intel Core i7-3930K      $35.00
  • Intel Core i7-3960X      $35.00

This is for a one time replacement of a processor under overclocking conditions. Intel won't authorize multiple chip replacements under this plan. In an FAQ about this new service Intel says the company is not encouraging anyone to start overclocking their chips, and added:

While we will, under the Plan, replace an eligible processor that fails while running outside of Intel’s specifications, we will not provide any assistance with configuration, data recovery, failure of associated parts, or any other activities or issues associated with the processor or system resulting from overclocking or otherwise running outside of Intel’s published specifications.

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