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I do not like it much. If i pay for something i'd expect for it to run at full specs, and not sell it "crippled" and having to cash out more for it to run at full speed.

Might be useful for OEMs and enterprise/budget users tho. Buying $50 codes for 500 PCs after 2 years of use and "upgrade" performance toa make PC's last longer does sound cheaper than buying 500 $400 new PC's every 3-4 years, same for budget users.
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http://techreport.com/discussions.x/19664

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Intel 'upgrade card' unlocks disabled CPU features

The guys at Hardware.info broke this story last month, although nobody seemed to notice right away—perhaps because their site's in Dutch. The article shows how the upgrade key unlocks "an extra megabyte L3 cache and Hyper Threading" on the Pentium G6951. In its locked state, that 2.8GHz processor has two physical cores, two threads, and 3MB of L3 cache, just like the retail-boxed Pentium G6950.

Intel has a few pages of documentation about the Upgrade Service scheme, if you'd like to get some early-morning reading done. According to that third page, the Upgrade Service is rolling out only as a "small pilot program" in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Spain.
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Need a crack for this.
In all srsness, I believe someone will write a custom bios or smth that will unlock it.
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two words: reverse engineering
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What people don't understand is that by doing this they can sell it to you at a lower price. What's different when you compare buying a cripped processor that performs at X speed for $150, unlocks to Y speed for $50 more, as opposed to processor that performs at X speed for $150 and isn't unlockable and processor that performs at Y speed for $200? If you had the unlockability, you could just upgrade your chip to that performance without buying a new chip, where in scenario B where upgrading via software isn't possible, you'd have to buy a whole new chip.

This wasn't made for enthusiasts, it's more geared towards smaller builds.
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I don't see the problem here.

You buy a $100 chip and get a $100 chip with the option to upgrade it to a $120 chip for $20.

Whats the problem?
    
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It's a good idea, but will annoy many of us lot who like to get what we pay for.
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I don't see the problem here.

You buy a $100 chip and get a $100 chip with the option to upgrade it to a $120 chip for $20.

Whats the problem?
Intel is selling you a $100 chip which, when fully activated is $120. But code is $50, so you pay $150 for that $120 chip.

Profit for Intel?
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Isn't the difference between a 980 and 980x the fact that Intel themselves lock the multi on the 980?

Pretty much they could "unlock" it and you would in essence have a 980x?
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Is that how it works - I never saw pricing.

Not the greatest, but at least there is an option here.

The alternative is to sell the chip at a 30% loss just to buy the $120 chip which will end up costing you $50 anyways right?
    
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