Overclocking is a ritual among computer hardware geeks. Once you’ve done it you enter into a circle of extreme geeks who can quote voltages, clock speeds and processor multipliers. This elite group can increase performance of their computers without spending extra dough – but they also risk the chance of permanent hardware damage.
In the past, such damage has been strictly considered a warranty-breaking offense. Now Intel is changing its tune for customers willing to part ways with a little extra cash. The company now offers a Performance Tuning Protection Plan that covers you if you push your processor beyond its limits.
While you do have to pay for the plan, the pricing is reasonable. The Core i5-2500K can be covered for $20, the Core i7-2600K/2700K can be covered for $25, and the Core i7-3930K/3960X can be covered for $35. Coverage is considered an addition to the standard 3 year warranty. Plans aren’t available for other processors.
Intel’s decision to open this program is a sign of the confidence the company has in its products. The low prices on these plans indicate that the company believes there’s a very small chance that users will be able to destroy their processors accidently by overclocking them.
Ironically, that makes buying a protection plan unnecessary. But if you’ve always wanted to overclock – and decided not to for fear of roasting your processor – this warranty should give you the confidence you need.