Intel discontinues its “Performance Tuning Protection Plan”

Published: Mar 1st 2021, 23:07 GMT   Comments

Intel ends Performance Tuning Protection Program

Overclocking protection program will be discontinued. 

Intel has updated the PTPP program website with information the program will no longer be offered to new customers beginning March 1st. The program was meant to give customers a choice, whether to overclock the CPUs and risk losing the warranty or rather pay a 20 to 30 USD fee for peace of mind that if anything happens to the CPU during overclocking, Intel will provide a replacement chip. This protection could only be used once to prevent abuse of the program.

It’s worth noting that the Xeon W-3175X premium processor going for around 3000 USD will still be covered from any issues coming from overclocking. Any other CPU that will be damaged during overclocking could potentially void the warranty.

Intel explains that the program has seen better days, and the demand for PTPP has lowered over time. It made a debut in 2012 when Sandy Bridge CPUs were still around. Over time, Intel has developed various boost technologies that automatically provide good overclocking out of the box. At the same time risk of killing the CPU from overclocking has been decreased.

Here is the message that Intel has shared with PTPP customers:

To PTPP Customers,
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.

Intel will continue focusing on delivering amazing processors with tuning flexibility and overclocking tools like Intel Performance Maximizer and Intel XTU.

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 Processor
The intel xeon W-31 75X Processor is automatically covered for overclocking, No additional plan or activation code is required

Thank You,

Intel recommended purchasing PTPP even when using the company’s own Performance Maximizer, a special tool for overclocking. According to Intel, the warranty does not apply to processors which are running out of their original specifications. How does this correspond to power limit modifications in BIOSes, probably no one knows. Can Intel even detect if the CPU was overclocked before it died? That’s also a good question.

Intel on overclocking and warranty, Source: Performance Maximizer FAQ

Intel clearly stated many times that overclocking will void the warranty, even on the slides mentioning new overclocking features for their 10th Gen core series. The discontinuation of PTPP happens in the same month the company is introducing the 11th Gen Rocket Lake series. The PTPP was often offered for free by some retailers, but sadly that will no longer be possible.

Source: Intel via Tom’s Hardware

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