Intel’s “K” and “X” series processors are designed for overclocking, but even while they are equipped with an unlocked multiplier, there is no guarantee they can withstand high voltages and frequencies on a 24/7 basis. This can potently be problematic because once a processor is overclocked the warranty is void and it can no longer simply be sent in for repair, leaving only one option: shell out for a new processor.
As of today though, Intel is changing this with their new “Performance Tuning Protection Plan”. Essentially this plan gives consumers the option to purchase an overclocking warranty for their “K”, “X”, and LGA2011-socketed boxed processors. The cost of the plans range from $20 to $35 USD depending on the processor, and lasts up to three years, covering one replacement.
This is a bold move by Intel and one that should increase their street cred with the overclocking community. We would also like to see AMD follow suit and offer an overclocking warranty of their own.