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Intel Quietly Ends its Extended Warranty Overclock Program

I daresay that a portion of you would not be aware that Intel offered their customers the opportunity to take out an extended warranty on their K processors. Specifically, for owners who were planning on dabbling a little (or a lot) in the world of overclocking. The general purpose of this extended warranty was that, for a relatively benign fee, if the person completely ruined their CPU through some rather unorthodox voltages or clock timings, Intel would provide them with a processor replacement. Think of it, in simple terms, as overclocking insurance!

Well, if you were not aware that this existed, then try to ignore everything you’ve read above as following an update to the official Intel website, they have confirmed that this extended warranty (“Performance Tuning Protection Plan”) has now been ended!

Intel Ends Performance Tuning Protection Plan Warranty

As part of the official post, Intel has said:

“The Performance Tuning Protection Plan program has been discontinued.

As customers increasingly overclock with confidence, we are seeing lower demand for the Performance Tuning Protection Plans (PTPP).
As a result, Intel will no longer offer new PTPP plans effective March 1, 2021.

Intel will continue focusing on delivering amazing processors with tuning flexibility and overclocking tools like Intel Performance Maximizer and Intel XTU.

All existing plans will continue to be honored through the duration of the processor warranty period.

For questions, contact Intel Customer Support.

Note about the Xeon W-3175X Processor
The Xeon W-3175X Processor is automatically covered for overclocking, No additional plan or activation code is required”

What If I Already Have a Package?

Intel will, of course, still honor any warranty taken out before this March 1st date. What we would suggest, however, is that when your policy ends, they’re not going to offer you the opportunity to extend or renew it again. So, enjoy it while it lasts, because as of now, new Intel owners have to be a lot more careful about the risks of pushing their CPUs a little too hard! –

Albeit, as something of a moderate sidenote, I must confess that I’m unsure how they would know the difference between whether a CPU failed due to a bad overclock or whether it just encountered a standard fault. – I mean, surely if you were to just claim the latter, you wouldn’t need that warranty in the first place, right?… Meh, just some food for thought!

You can, incidentally, check out the official “PTPP” blog post via the link here!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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