Originally Posted by FtL1776
What a flash of genius right here.
Reflex99 2012. He gonna make sure the corporations ain't making no profits!
I'm pretty sure Intel was doing just fine just selling the chips the way they were, there's no reason, other than greed, for them to charge for what is essentially overclocking. So far, there's only one processor upgrade that does anything other than overclocking, and it unlocks the cache. Which means that Intel released a chip(which they already profited from), with the cache locked on it, for the sole reason of unlocking it for a fee at a later date, because if the cache was locked for a reason such as an imperfection, or damage to it, like many of the Phenom II x3's and x2's were, then they would not be able to release an upgrade that works for all of those processors, because some would have damage to them. Which would mean they would either have to release the upgrade for free, or offer refunds to everyone it didn't work for, which could easily lead to a cracker being able to access the software for free, crack it, and then release it for free.
So, in reality, anger and frustration is the right response to this. Your sarcasm and indifference to this, is actually perplexing, please explain as to why you think this would be ok for Intel to do, because I'm pretty sure that the consumers need the money a lot more than Intel does.