Originally Posted by Brutuz
Even if it is purely for streaming, that doesn't stop them slowly expanding it or enabling features we don't know about at a later date, does it?
Paranoid? Maybe, but I'd rather be paranoid and have a slower chip than end up getting screwed over by this in the future.
See above, if you want to make someone do something they'd rather not do...You take baby steps.
Now I see why it seems like the majority of the world have no capability to think long-term...
I do agree that I wish there wasn't any DRM in these chips, but it has already been done in the past, Intel Viiv
The Viiv media platform included components that may be used by content owners to implement more tamper resistant DRM systems using features present in Intel's processor, the Core 2 Duo.
Source Wikipedia. I believe that AMD Live has a similar DRM scheme as well.
It would be hard
impossible for them to activate further DRM control in the 2500 and 2600 CPUs. The best they could do is to write software to interface with this hardware accelerated DRM.
no capability to think long-term
How does realizing that this "DRM" is basically harmless make me unable to think in the long-term? Do I believe that Intel / AMD will implement a hardware accelerated general DRM co-processor that software could use for general DRM uses . . . Yes. Do I think it wil be an issue . . . in the future yes. Would people boycotting Sandy Bridge because of hardware DRM that won't affect 99.999% of users really
change that future . . . no.
Not sure if this was posted, but New Egg has the i5-2400 (non K) listed as deactivated. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-074-_-ProductEdited by AtomicFrost - 1/3/11 at 4:06pm