Intel Charging $50 to Unlock CPU's

Tagged: intel, Money, Processor, Computer Hardware
Source: Toms Hardware - Read the full article
Posted: 3 years 49 weeks ago

Another questionable idea from Intel this year. How long before someone hacks the codes and everyone upgrades extra power for free?

"An Engadget reader spotted on the shelves a Best Buy a $50 upgrade card that claims to upgrade the processor inside the Gateway SX2841-09e, which is a Pentium G6951 dual-core LGA1156 Clarkdale processor. The upgrade card appears to promise an upgrade from 2- to 4-way multi-task processing and a larger cache, speeding up data-heavy applications. Specifically, that means the enabling of HyperThreading and an extra 1MB of L3 cache for a total of 4MB. To "unlock" the full features of this CPU, a user must go to the Intel upgrade website and install the upgrade application. From there, a PIN from the upgrade voucher must be entered for the upgrade before the reboot completes the process." | more

 

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CaptainYouPlanet
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You know, this is extremely disappointing to me. I was considering going Intel on my next build since I've never done an Intel build or overclocked a CPU before, but now I don't know.

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Mr. Pizza
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wow... i see hack in near future.. :)

GREEN FIRE!!!!!!

slugbug
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Makes you wonder if there are unlockable features in other processors.

dglenn247
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this also makes you wonder if at somepoint some form oe conspiracy would take place that could also reset your pc to relock?
That would suck. or possibly set a timer that slowly makes your pc fail right after the warranty is void!

Yes i am paranoid!!

Why am i always logged out of this website? i post before seeing im signed out!!!!!

Anonymous

this also makes you wonder if at somepoint some form oe conspiracy would take place that could also reset your pc to relock?

That would suck. or possibly set a timer that slowly makes your pc fail right after the warranty is void!

Yes i am paranoid!!

Anonymous

I don't think I understand the marketing strategy here. If they sell the system $50 less that what it is. It might help get the buyers in the beginning that are looking for a cheap system, but later Intel will need to get that $50 back or they will have lost $50. And normally people that are so hard to sell on $50 of a complete system will most likely wait for a upgrade hack. So in the end it will cost Intel to spend more money for security keys, servers, services, software, store retail packaging and space ect. Then you add the risk of hackers on the upgrades and fraud cards on ebay. I just see how 50$ is worth all this trouble for a Microcode patch upgrade when it could have been added to the price from the start.

Anonymous

This is like buying a car and then having to pay extra to get it to run on all cylinders.

Anonymous

This is the dumbest idea that I have ever heard/read/seen. Intel are crazy. Another reason to move to AMD CPU & GPUs (I never tought I'll ever say that, but yes, AMD rocks, and Intel and Nvidia suck more and more every day).

massau
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isn't this somewhat the same as amd unlocking a core (amd is free in that way) but will Intel start selling his cpus without htt and than sel this card so you can turn on the htt

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There's no doubt, most companies are hurting in this economy, but this is silly :/

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omally
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wow that's really.. Intel is loosing money i suppose

Dosycool
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Hopefully :P

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This software app will be cracked and up on TPB soon enough.