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post #31 of 108
if they let you finally use HT, wouldnt that just mean they were originally holding out on customers, locking certain features that your chip already has

if so, then its not an "upgrade" more like "permission"
post #32 of 108
yay buying processors for cheap!
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post #33 of 108
Seems like a terrible idea to me. I hope no other company follows this.
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Darn I came in here thinking Intel would upgrade my E7500 and motherboard to a socket 1155 for free or at least at a discount
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post #35 of 108
Intel is doing this because AMD is so behind. Bulldozer must better be good, so it will make the lower end AMD builds more viable.
Edited by Riou - 8/14/11 at 4:01pm
post #36 of 108
Bash the unlocks all you want but they are a clever tactic to lower prices if they are smart. Imagine making 2 CPUs... here they are

-CPU #1: dual core CPU without Hyperthreading designed into it's physical structure.

-CPU #2: dual core CPU with Hyperthreading designed into it as an option.

Now ask yourself, wouldn't it cheaper to develope and manufacture only 1 CPU instead of 2 or 3 or 4? Then have "unlockable" features like said hyperthreading. Bam! $10 off your $150 CPU. This is my thinking at least though. I'm not here to prove anything just comment.

Also, knowing intel they will do it like this and mess it up...
Unlock options:
-Go from 2.33GHz to 2.66GHz for only $50
-Go from 2.66GHz to 2.8Ghz for only another $50
-Overclock "options" for only $50
-Additional Overclock "options" such as voltage control for only another $50

Wow! What a deal! Our dual core has been unlocked for all options and it only cost us $200! (Original price is $150)
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
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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post #38 of 108
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Originally Posted by mnkeyprince View Post
if they let you finally use HT, wouldnt that just mean they were originally holding out on customers, locking certain features that your chip already has

if so, then its not an "upgrade" more like "permission"
No they have tiers for products. It cost less to make X amount of 1 type of product and disable parts than to make different products all together. This is no different from what they do in gpus.
 
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post #39 of 108
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No they have tiers for products. It cost less to make X amount of 1 type of product and disable parts than to make different products all together. This is no different from what they do in gpus.
i understand that from a profit standpoint, but looking at it from the consumer standpoint, its messed up

its just like how amd did with the 6950, you can pretty much bios flash it to a 6970
post #40 of 108
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Originally Posted by Starbomba View Post
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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Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared View Post
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?
Not to mention that if you are looking at this lower end hardware and unlock services you probably don't have the skill or ability to change the CPU yourself. So without the option of these code based upgrades you would be looking at purchasing a new CPU, reselling the old one, and paying a service like GeekSquad anywhere from $50-$100 to do the upgrade (and thats assuming the model notebook you have even has an upgradable CPU and doesnt have the CPU soldered into the motherboard).

Considering everything this is a good alternative for some people.
 
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