Intel has discontinued its Performance Tuning Protection Plan (PTPP), an extended warranty plan that was offered for a small extra fee collected at purchase. The plan offered protection from damage that occurred during overclocking. The company made the announcement via a message delivered on the PTPP website.
The Performance Tuning Protection Plan was a great insurance plan for owners of Intel’s K-series of processors. For a small additional fee, you could squeeze more performance out of your processor without having to worry about it dying. If you had the plan, Intel would issue you a one-time replacement chip to cover damage due to overclocking, no questions asked. Pricing depended on the tier of the processor, but the plans typically cost between $19.99 and $29.99.
It’s not specified why Intel decided to end the Performance Tuning Protection Plan. The good news is that if you are having an existing plan already then you can continue to enjoy the coverage as Intel will not terminate the warranty on older purchases.
The PTPP program has so fallen to the wayside that we must admit we didn’t actually remember existed. The failure rate of CPUs has been always been very low and overclocking rarely damages the CPU. Currently, with stock shortages and low silicon chips production it is also meant to not replace chips destroyed by careless overclocking attempts and rather replace only CPUs with manufacturing issues.
By default, Intel covers the Xeon W-3175X for overclocking, so W-3175X owners have nothing to fret about. But most new customers buying new K series CPUs, there’s no option to get the PTPP warranty for them.
Here’s Intel’s message on the unexpected discontinuation of the program:
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.
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.