Intel has reboxed its OEM Slot One packages and is reselling them as retail products, according to reports on a number of hardware Web sites.
This is seen by many as Intel pulling a fast one. According to CPU Central , Slot One 300As, with the part name SL2WM are now being sold via retail outlets. The site claims that the box and documentation look similar to retail package SL32A but do not have the same core.
Intel's own site is showing the information at this page: http://developer.intel.com/design/celeron/qit/database/SL2WM.htm.
One angry consumer said: "This is totally outrageous since the OEM version cost almost half of the retail one. What's even more unbelievable is that they didn't even bother to attach the heatsink/fan to the CPU, they just threw it into the box."
"They did not mention anything on their front page and I only found out from two hardware Web sites and a few posts on the newsgroups. I just ordered two retail versions on 29 January, which supposedly was the day they updated their web page to reflect the change?they are definitely going back if they turn out to be the OEM ones."
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