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How to Insure Your Processors Maintain Value
When weighing your options for IT Asset Liquidation, it is important to keep in mind that some of the smallest and oldest IT Components can still be of value. In addition to memory, processors are one of the computer components that boosts your operation system to its peak performance, giving your computer maximum value. With proper recovery, it is possible to avoid losing money on your CPU’s when upgrading or liquidating.
Condition is key! key to what?
When dismantling computers to access the CPU, remember that the physical condition of the processor itself effect the performance of the CPU. After processors are sorted by model number, the heat spreader is the very first thing that is observed when evaluating desktop or server processors. A scratched or dented top revealing copper on a CPU reduces its value. Always check for broken capacitors on desktop and server computers.
Mobile Processors Used in Notebooks carry value too.
If determining the value of a mobile processor, the mirror on the top should not have any hair line fractures, cracks, missing pieces, or smudges that cannot be removed with cleaning. Also, the green fiber board should not be damaged in any way. There should be no broken or bent pins on mobile processors which can impact the value.
Know what information your Intel processor provides.
All processors should have no other trace on them besides the original Intel stamped information. This information includes the model number, step code, and specifications. The evaluation of the processor is based on the model number. The step code and specifications are extra information that can be used to help determine the model number if the model number is unavailable. Some mobile processors and older desktop CPU’s, such as Pentium Ds, are notorious for not having their model numbers displayed for quick identification. Watch out for processors that are double stamped or have any kind of permanent trace left on them, any type of cosmetic defect can reduce the value.
Here are the best ways to stock and keep your processors inventoried.
While it may take a little more effort, making sure your processors have a good home while being stocked or shipped is very cost-effective in the long run. Avoid storing your CPU’s in bins with any other objects that can damage them, this includes other processors. If you have large quantities of processors, it is best to store them in CPU trays that are designed to protect the heat spreader and capacitors. Keeping them well organized by model number is proficient if packing slips need to be provided. These are space efficient and can be stacked and stored until shipment.
Implement a safe and secure shipping protocol.
When shipping, an empty tray should be placed on top of the last filled tray, and taped securely. If done properly, this will prevent CPU’s from shifting and falling out of the trays which can result in damaged processors. Smaller quantities of CPU’s can easily be bubble wrapped and placed in an antistatic bag for shipping, or if accessible, a “clam shell” is safe for shipping single CPU’s. Also avoid taping or rubber banding your processors together creating the “sandwich” look, this can cause friction that can result in scratches and broken capacitors.
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Damage Prevention Outcome
Our focus is to help clients dispose of their old, used and spare processors properly by engaging in a thorough product assessment. Scrap or treasure, we appraise all CPU’s in an environmentally safe R2 certified warehouse and we highly implement convenient, secure, and valuable inventory. By taking a few extra steps of properly storing and shipping your IT hardware, you can help prevent value reduction and reduce the greater outcome of scrap material.
Trying to keep up with today’s IT market?
Based on the generation that we are in today the value of Xeon processors are on the rise, whereas desktop processors are decreasing in value. Xeon model numbers that are of high value are 2011 pin E5, and E7 series, and 1366 pin Xeon processors such as E5500 and E5600. Contact our sales team today for further shipping and product information!