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Intel terminates warranty contract for PTPP CPU overclocking

Intel has announced the end of its Performance Tuning Protection Plan (PTPP). The plan was effectively an extra guarantee users could get to avoid damaging a CPU while overclocking. The plan ensured they could request a replacement chip - if the CPU was still under its original warranty.

Intel will stop offering new PTPP plans as of March 1, 2021, which means that sales of new plans have already been stopped.

Intel closes the PTPP overclocking guarantee

The PTPP was introduced back in the days of the Intel Sandy Bridge CPU in 2011. The announcement ends nearly a decade of support for overclocking Intel CPUs.

Intel users who took out a protection plan for performance optimization were guaranteed a replacement CPU if they destroyed their chip while attempting to overclock it. When the program launched in early 2012, it cost between $ 20 and $ 35 to purchase PTPP for your CPU, which gives you the confidence to overclock.

A message displayed on the Intel PTPP site confirms that the program has been officially "discontinued".

As customers overclock with increasing confidence, we see less demand for the Performance Optimization Protection Plans (PTPP). As a result, Intel will stop offering new PTPP plans as of March 1, 2021.

Intel will honor all plans purchased prior to the cut-off date. In addition, the PTPP end-of-life does not apply to the Intel Xeon W-3175X, which is guaranteed to be overclocked.

Intel has continued to increase support for overclocking at the CPU level in recent years, introducing tools like Intel Performance Maximizer and Intel XTU. According to Intel, these tools make users feel more confident than ever about overclocking because of these tools.

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Is overclocking dead?

Some outlets report that the formwork on the PTPP reflects the state of the overclocking scene.

Sure, some people overclock their Intel and AMD CPUs for extra profit, but those gains are so small now that in many cases it is not worth the effort.

If even entry-level CPUs for the latest generation of Intel and AMD CPUs are equipped with comparatively high base clock rates and decent turbo options, many users keep their hardware in the standard configuration.

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Conversely, the high-performance CPUs at the other end of the scale offer exceptionally fast processing power for the consumer market that far exceeds what was previously available and also at competitive prices.

Some users will always try to get a little more out of their hardware. Pushing a few extra credits is an exciting and rewarding process for many. With the tools available to overclockers, managing excessive clock speeds, voltages, and temperatures has never been easier.