Intel has announced that it will be ending its Performance Tuning Protection Plan (PTPP), nine whole years since its launch. PTPP which is an extended warranty service allows consumers to opt for RMA even if their Intel CPU was damaged due to overclocking…by paying a small fee of $20-40.
Effective immediately, Intel won’t be offering the optional Performance Tuning Protection Plan to consumers, and it’ll only be applicable to those who have already purchased a processor with the extended warranty. The said warranty service was announced in January 2012, a bit over nine years ago when Intel held a supreme monopoly in the CPU market with its Sandy Bridge microarchitecture.
The Performance Tuning Protection Plan program has been discontinued.
As customers increasingly overclock with confidence, we are seeing lower demand for the Performance Tuning Protection Plans (PTPP).
As a result, Intel will no longer offer new PTPP plans effective March 1, 2021.
All existing plans will continue to be honored through the duration of the processor warranty period.
For questions, contact Intel Customer Support.
Note about the Intel Xeon W-31 75X ProcessorIntel Tuning Plan
The Intel Xeon W-31 75X Processor is automatically covered for overclocking, No additional plan or activation code is required
On the official PTPP website, Intel explains that overclocking is becoming more mainstream with each passing day, and as a result, the demand for the Performance Tuning Protection Plan has gone down by quite a bit. The reasons behind this are multiple: Firstly, there are a lot of safety measures put in place by motherboard manufacturers to prevent you from frying your chip. Secondly, the overclocking headroom is significantly lower with newer CPUs as manufacturers like to extract every last bit of performance to get ahead of competitors. So much so, that roughly 30% of Intel’s latest chips even fail to hit the specified boost clock due to the very limited overclocking headroom available with these parts.