The [URL="http://www.velocitymicro.com"]www.velocitymicro.com[/URL] website claims OEM parts are inferior to\nRetail parts.\n\n\nIs this true?\n\n\nSee below from [URL]http://www.velocitymicro.com/retail_vs_oem.php[/URL] :\n\n\n\n\n"All computer chips are produced in volume on large silicon wafers,\nthen individual chips are trimmed from the wafer and used to make\ncomplete components, such as Pentium® processors, graphics cards,\nmodems, network cards, or motherboard chipsets.\n\nIn every production yield of chips, from Pentium processors to video\nchips or modem controllers, some chips simply run faster or perform\nbetter. It's just how the silicon formed in the wafer. Manufacturers\nmust test every single chip to determine it's capabilities, and sort\nthe products into different classes or categories.\n\nThe best performing parts demand premium pricing, and are typically\npackaged in a retail box with beautiful graphics and shrink wrap to be\nsold in computer stores at the higher markup. The slowest or poorest\nperformers demand a lower price, and are sold in bulk to the large\nOriginal Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's), who can claim to be using\nthe same part or model of product as the retail boxed product, but\nactually they have a lesser version.\n\nThis is the dirty little secret the larger manufacturers don't want\nthe consumer to know. The only time the big guys use the premium parts\nis when they are submitting systems to be tested or reviewed by a\ncomputer magazine. Those computers get all retail parts, plus\nhand-built assembly and tweaking to get the best possible test results\nin the magazine review.\n\nWouldn't it be fantastic if consumers could get a hand-built computer\nwith premium boxed components instead of OEM parts? You can! Velocity\nMicro builds every single VELOCITY Series computer as if it were going\nto be shipped to a computer magazine for review, but the real review\ncomes from our customer when they boot our system.\n\nWe use many retail boxed components because they offer so many\nadvantages over OEM parts, even though they cost a premium. "