Originally Posted by Partol
I disagree. You should NOT already have a maximum performance processor. Why? because you did not pay for it. No one owes you a free unlock code. No one is stopping you from unlocking the processor by yourself, if you can figure out how.
You should be THANKFUL that Intel/AMD/Nvidia even bothers to sell "partially disabled" processors at a much lower cost than a fully enabled processor.
If Nvidia only sold fully-functional Fermi cards, then there would only be GTX 580's. No 570/560/480/470/460.
If selling "partially disabled" processors ever becomes illegal, then, it's very possible, companies may only sell a few top-end processors ... and because of decreased sales, prices will probably increase to maintain profits.
I'm not saying you should have a maximum performance processor. That's why we overclock isn't it?
The point is that customers who have already bought a (what should be) fully functional processor are being charged again to unlock cache and HT. The cache shouldn't be locked in the first place. Intel does not (for all we know) do what AMD does with disabling faulty cores/meeting demand. With the market share and funds Intel has, they can afford to manufacture a whole (physically) different CPU line on the same architecture, and still come out profitable.
With the locked down AMD CPU's, they are locked down to meet demand for that price range, as (for simplicities sake, we'll say) AMD can't afford to manufacture a different line of processors for a specific market, be it mid/high/low. So they have many new chips with faulty cores or cache. They lock down the faulty ones and sell them as X2's or X3's, even the Semprons can be locked down duallies.
The whole unlocking thing was discovered by accident IIRC, and has now become a stable feature of all good motherboard manufacturers.
Intel makes a new line of processors rather than lock down existing ones simply because they can afford to, where AMD cannot, so they make do with the chips they have, minimising the wasting of chips/wafers and effectively getting second life out of them.
TL;DR: AMD locks down the CPU's and sells them as lesser models to meet demand for the market. Intel locks down cache and HT on CPU's to make more profit from their lower-end market. The chips are already fully functioning where some/many of the AMD ones aren't.
Please let's not bring GPU's into this. There was a thread already about unlocking certain nvidia GPU's, it was concluded that it did not work.