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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. Hardware.info got their hands on an early sample of the chip and discovered it's actually a full 1MB of L3 cache that's enabled plus HyperThreading support, which translates to a modest but noticeable upgrade. This isn't exactly an unprecedented move, as chip companies routinely sell hardware-locked chips all the time in a process known as binning, but there they have a simpler excuse -- binned chips are typically sold with cores or cache locked because that part of their silicon turned out defective after printing. This new idea is more akin to video games that let you "download" extra weapons and features, when those features were on the disc all along. Still, it's an intriguing business model, and before you unleash your rage in comments, you should know that Intel's just testing it out on this low-end processor in a few select markets for now.
Originally posted by ThichHeaded
Its not bad to show what u can do with items..
Its called OverClocking or Modding.. After you buy the item you can do whatever tf u want..
I turned a 2800 AMD to a 3200 because i wanted it to OC, same with a video card.. its the same thing as suping up a car, you cant get into trouble here for that..
But paying 50 bucks, well it shows who the idiots are i suppose, it sucks though because if they dont know what they are doing they can destroy thier PC and have to buy either a new processor or computer all together so intel wins either way..
Idiocracy at its finest.
Originally posted by DutchBigBoy
glad i don't have an Intel inside
Originally posted by unityemissions
reply to post by badw0lf
It's not a card it's software. I know you can use firmware to unlock GPU's but have never heard of this for cpu. I think this is great, because it means if you know where to look you can do this on your own and have a higher grade chip on the cheap without having to mess with the bios or doing a physical mod.