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Windows 7: Intel selling $50 'upgrade' cards to unlock built-in CPU features

19 Sep 2010   #1
Crispy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 
Intel selling $50 'upgrade' cards to unlock built-in CPU features

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Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do Hold onto your hyperthreaded horses, because this is liable to whip up an angry mob -- Intel's asking customers to pay extra if they want the full power of their store-bought silicon. An eagle-eyed Engadget reader was surfing the Best Buy shelves when he noticed this $50 card -- and sure enough, Intel websites confirm -- that lets you download software to unlock extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor. Engadget

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Source: Weekend tech reading: Intel selling $50 'upgrade' cards to unlock built-in CPU features - TechSpot News


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19 Sep 2010   #2
Everlong

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crispy View Post
Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do Hold onto your hyperthreaded horses, because this is liable to whip up an angry mob -- Intel's asking customers to pay extra if they want the full power of their store-bought silicon. An eagle-eyed Engadget reader was surfing the Best Buy shelves when he noticed this $50 card -- and sure enough, Intel websites confirm -- that lets you download software to unlock extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor. Engadget
In a way I think that could work out pretty well. Such as buy the processor then save up a couple of months and unlock the rest of it later.
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19 Sep 2010   #3
Gornot

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Interl software= demonoid.com X)
ID software=hell yeah!!!
USB3.0=cool
the rest=meh

Good read, nevertheless
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19 Sep 2010   #4
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gornot View Post
Interl software= demonoid.com X)
Just a way to trick an unsuspecting user into Giving Malware admin rights. to run.
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19 Sep 2010   #5
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Intel with DLC unlocking now? My, my, wait till the cell phone companies find that out.

Oh wait...
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19 Sep 2010   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

At least the ram upgrades are still free,

Download More RAM!

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19 Sep 2010   #7
fireberd

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

A sharp-eyed reader noticed an interesting item at Best Buy recently, namely a $50 Processor Performance Upgrade Card from Intel that will allow you to unlock some extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor. Chip manufacturers often sell hardware-locked chips as lower-end processors and this $50 code will allow you to enable the full 1MB of L3 cache on the processor along with HyperThreading support, which would be a noticeable improvement. The rollout isn't a full launch yet and is currently limited to a small pilot program in parts of Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and the US. Such a move might be useful to folks who recently purchased a notebook using that processor but realized that they needed a little more processing grunt. Of course, not everybody would be willing to shell out $50 extra in order to bump the speed of their budget notebook, so it remains to be seen how response to such a program will be.
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19 Sep 2010   #8
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
At least the ram upgrades are still free,

Download More RAM!

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19 Sep 2010   #9
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
At least the ram upgrades are still free,

Download More RAM!

Yeah but it is all DDR2.

Old left overs.

Now the free video card download was really nice!

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19 Sep 2010   #10
polarbear

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
At least the ram upgrades are still free,

Download More RAM!


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