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Now we just have to wait and see if AMD will start charging money to unlock cores

I wonder what kind of software this "unlock" will involve. Maybe this unlock option will only be available on certain Intel-branded motherboards as a BIOS update you have to pay for? I'm just thinking it would really suck if the unlock was Windows-based software and then later the user wanted to start using Linux or something. That would be wasted money.
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Originally Posted by .:hybrid:. View Post
In all srsness, I believe someone will write a custom bios or smth that will unlock it.
I do not doubt this will be the case.

I'm also waiting for the viruses to come along that will flash your CPU down to 1 core and turn off all it's cache.

Quote:
Originally Posted by LemonSlice View Post
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 is true, but people are wary of this because they have decided to charge for something that has traditionally been free, when it's been possible before.
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It might be via some sort of fuse in the chip, kind of like how the 6950's are locked, but they better invent some better security because the 6950's are pretty easy to unlock . Once activated, it should permanently unlock the chip, otherwise it would be prone to relocking and people would complain. This looks like it only applies to very low end or mobile chips.
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2500k -> 2600k dlc plz?
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This looks like it only applies to very low end or mobile chips.
Less incentive to look for a crack, and less damage if one is found.

If all chips were software upgradeable to the best chips the hardware would support everyone would just buy 2300s and use an unauthorized unlock to make them 2600ks.

There would also be another glut of counterfeit high-end chips.
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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?
AFAIK, the multi is locked via a laser cut on the die and isn't limited by software. Granted, I came upon this information a long time ago and things do change.
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So they're selling you a product that has capabilities locked out from the start, then demanding you pay more to fully unlock it? In other words, like on-disk DLC, only this is on-chip DLC.



... Um. Yay for "progress"?
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SB-E DLC? Buy a 3830K, Pay 500 dollars and we'll unlock you to an 8 core/16ht monster
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