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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.
You're absolutely right. The company saves money on economies of scale on their one cpu, and customers are happy because on the low end, the user pays less and gets less, while on the high end the user gets the full features that they paid for.
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Well like one person said, if they're looking at this a an upgrade option already then they obviously dont have the skill to get an actually good CPU.

The mobile one is what interests me the most. For a little bit more cash, I could get a nice frequency boost and extra cache that doesn't have me breaking the warranty by opening up the laptop and swapping the CPU with a more powerful one.

I think this should be aimed towards the mobile market since it would make more sense there.
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but looking at it from the consumer standpoint, its messed up
No its not, the consumer purchased it for what features it had at the time of purchase. If they wanted more features they should have bought a higher tier cpu. This option will give them the opportunity to get more out of what they have.
The only way I could see this being "messed up" from a consumer standpoint is those that buy "unlockable" products hoping to bank on free features.
 
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This is why I choose AMD
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I don't mind this. Buy ultra-high end CPU for significantly cheaper in it's "crippled form", and unlock a full chip with my next paycheck. In reality it allows you to get a lot more, as you can buy a full rig and slowly unlock features. It's not like getting a slow CPU and being stuck with it; you have the hardware you want from the beginning.
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This is like Apple wanting you to pay $5 for wireless N. Terribad Idea.
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I don't mind this. Buy ultra-high end CPU for significantly cheaper in it's "crippled form", and unlock a full chip with my next paycheck. In reality it allows you to get a lot more, as you can buy a full rig and slowly unlock features. It's not like getting a slow CPU and being stuck with it; you have the hardware you want from the beginning.
but it costs them the same to ship you it. Crippled or not.

The ONLY reason they are locking anything is so they can make more money.
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Really? Because I thought they disabled features because they only make a limited amount of dies due to manfuacturing costs.

I mean while it would be awesome if they just sold i7-2600ks for $150 and had no other processors it's pretty illogical and a horrible business model.

In the end AMD and Intel are both out to make money. They both have huge overhead costs known as fab and R&D, you don't make that money selling processors for what they're actually worth.

I'm pretty sure my i5-2500k could have just as easily been a i7-2600k, probably came from the same fab line on a identical waffer. Having the option to buy an i5-2500k for $220 now, and upgrading to a i7-2600k a year later for the price difference seems like a great way of doing things as a consumer.
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I honestly don't see a problem with this. We already know we are being ripped off.. giving us more options after the fact just makes good business sense. You know what they say... don't hate the player hate the game .
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Really? Because I thought they disabled features because they only make a limited amount of dies due to manfuacturing costs.

I mean while it would be awesome if they just sold i7-2600ks for $150 and had no other processors it's pretty illogical and a horrible business model.

In the end AMD and Intel are both out to make money. They both have huge overhead costs known as fab and R&D, you don't make that money selling processors for what they're actually worth.

I'm pretty sure my i5-2500k could have just as easily been a i7-2600k, probably came from the same fab line on a identical waffer. Having the option to buy an i5-2500k for $220 now, and upgrading to a i7-2600k a year later for the price difference seems like a great way of doing things as a consumer.
here they can pull the arguement:

the 2600 is technically higher binned, since it can run with HT, at a higher clock speed, and the extra cache.

The whole "K" deal is the same thing. locking something for no reason other than cash.


Their profit margins are already huge. You really think it costs them anywhere close to $330 to produce a 2600?
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