Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Intel Launches Performance Tuning Protection Plan On Select Processors

Intel has formally announced a new program called the Performance Tuning Protection Plan (PTPP), which provides full warranty protection for select “K”, “X”, and LGA2011-socketed boxed processors processors no matter how you kill it. This is in addition to your standard 3 year warranty. In other words, if it fails under normal usage, Intel will replace it under the standard warranty; if it fails while running outside of Intel's specifications, Intel will replace it under the Performance Tuning Protection Plan. The plan pricing and supported processors include:
  • 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
We think this program is a great addition and something that overclockers will jump on. The plan doesn't extend the processors 3 year warranty, but makes sure you have replacement coverage no matter how you blow up or break a processor. You can buy the plan from resellers like CyberPower, Canada Computers and Electronics, Scan Computers, and Altech Computers or directly from Intel (must use Paypal). You can even buy a plan after you've bought a processor, which sounds crazy, but the catch is you have to wait 30 days for the plan to go active. This program is currently in a trail phase that will last six months and then Intel will decide whether or not to proceed past the pilot phase. This means you'll want to get in on this now!
Intel Core i7 2700K Processor
Intel is pleased to announce the introduction of a new pilot plan targeted at the enthusiast community. The enthusiast community is a critical market segment for Intel and, as such, when the opportunity arises to try out a service or otherwise address the community’s particular needs, we endeavor to do so where practicable. In this spirit, Intel is announcin a new pilot service plan for “K”, “X”, and LGA2011-socketed boxed processors called the Performance Tuning Protection Plan. This Plan wil provide certain out-of-warranty service offerings in the event of damage caused by over-clocking or over-voltaging by the user. By purchasing this Plan and meeting the Plan’s criteria, the user can receive a one-time replacement processor if the user’s over-voltaging or over-clocking causes the original processor to fail. This pilot Plan in no way expands, changes or extends the original three year standard warranty and is simply a Plan the user may want to purchase for over-clocking or over-voltaging. This pilot Plan will be launched on January 18, 2012, at 12:01AM PST and last for six months.

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