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Old 26th August, 2003, 05:55 PM
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OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer.

Usually, OEM versus retail...
Retail comes in a nice box that looks pretty on a shelf, also has any wires, cables and accessories that are useful to the component... in this case the cheapo HSF. In some situations, the retail merchandise is of different quality... ie. faster video cards, or more overclockable. OEM is meant to be sold to pc manufacturers, and comes either in a plain brown box or no box at all. Also, few if any accessories or manuals. They save a few $$ on the packaging and such since it is of little importance to PC manufacturers.

AFAIK, for CPUs, there is no difference. It all comes down to stepping code.
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