Originally posted by: Speedwayaudio
forgive my nuubness, but what is the diff between "tray" and "pib" ?? The tray one costs more but what else??
"PIB" is the retail box or Processor-In-a-Box
Three (3) Year Processor In A Box Limited Warranty
"Tray" is just a container that holds many chips.
When you buy a CPU as an OEM or "Tray" you just get the CPU. The CPU (pin side) usually sits on an anti-static pad inside a small plastic case. The actual trays differ, for CPUs it may have 25 CPU cases connected which you can break one off the tray.
Since OEM/Tray CPU parts do not include heatsink, box, manual, etc, etc they are usually cheaper, though some online vendors actually charge more for them which seems stupid, for years (from k5 to k7) all I bought was AMD OEM chips, they were always cheaper then the retail box!
Also the return policies and warranties on OEM/Tray parts differ and from vendor to vendor. OEM parts are usually covered only by the vendor and not by AMD, so for example if you buy a OEM chip from Newegg or a Dell PC and the CPU dies you talk to Newegg/Dell for a replacement, not AMD.
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