PC gamers from now on need not to worry as Intel wants to give overclockers some peace of mind with its new Performance Tuning Plan. The Performance Tuning Protection Plan being offered by Intel is a chance for you to experiment with the overclocking features of your processor without the worries of what will happen if you push the processor too far.
The Plan allows you a single processor replacement, hassle-free, from our customer support. This is in addition to your standard 3 year warranty. In other words, if it fails under normal usage, we will replace it under the standard warranty; if it fails while running outside of Intel’s specifications, we will replace it under the Performance Tuning
You also can’t redeem the coverage for the first month after you purchase the plan. It currently only applies to five unlocked CPUs – Intel says all LGA-2011 chips will follow.
The price of the plan varies by model:
- Core i7 3960X ($35)
- Core i7 3930K ($35)
- Core i7 2700K ($25)
- Core i7 2600K ($25)
- Core i5 2500K ($20)
These plans are only available on retail, boxed CPUs. The plans can be transferred between owners if you sell your CPU and you’re allowed to own multiple plans, just not on the same CPU. Finally, you can’t request a replacement CPU in the first 30 days of purchasing the plan.
Currently in a pilot phase, for now Intel’s plan covers individual CPUs purchased at retail, as well as chips in systems from four custom PC vendors: Cyberpower, Canada Computers and Electronics, U.K.-based Scan Computers, and Australian outfit Altech Computers. Intel says it plans to add four additional PC vendors on February 13, and that it will re-evaluate over the next six months to determine whether to continue.