Intel Selling Scratch-Off “Upgrade” Cards To Unlock Processor Power

"If you bought a janky Compaq at Best Buy recently you may have been offered a $50 “upgrade” card that allows you to download software that will unlock threads and cache on the Pentium G6951 inside your PC. That’s right: they are selling an upgrade that is actually a key to unlock performance that your PC already has. Internet firestorm in 3…2…1…"

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dangert122924d ago

thank the games industry for this. this needs to end its wrong we pay for this shit

fuckitimout2923d ago

it's bullshit. Dlc and now this..... Straight up milking

rexus123452923d ago

I believe locking CPUs have been common practice in the industry for a long time. Certain models of AMD Athlon II x2 has been found to actually be Operons or Phenoms II x4 with locked up cores and cache, though I have no idea for what purpose because AMD did not offer an "upgrade" for them.

kaveti66162923d ago (Edited 2923d ago )

They do that because they need to increase production yield numbers for the chip.

During production, some cores are inevitably going to be defective, so Intel disables some working cores from fully functional chips so they can also use the chips that have defective cores.

Sony is doing this with the CELL. 7 SPUs are working but the eighth SPU is disabled so that Sony can also use the CELLS that had one defective SPU from the batch.

It reduces cost and increases production yields.

Substance1012924d ago

This is why people should learn to build their own machines, cheaper and faster.

dangert122924d ago (Edited 2924d ago )

i don't agree. we should't have to learn how to make the stuff or add parts our self to use what we brought to full effect.

Substance1012924d ago (Edited 2924d ago )

"we should't have to learn how to make the stuff"

Your statement doesnt make sense. If you learn to make a machine yourself(which isnt hard and can be a fun learning experience), It costs you cheaper and runs faster then whatever prebuilt you would have bought.

"or add parts our self to use what we brought to full effect"

This doesnt apply when you make a machine yourself as all parts run at full effect.

dangert122924d ago

@Substance101 don't quote half of my sentence us the hole sentence

you think its ok to have to learn the technlogy in order to have access to it all after we paid for it? thats no ok i dont care how easy or hard it is if you pay for it you should get it simple as

Letros2924d ago (Edited 2924d ago )

This is actually a good feature to have, generally all processors are the same with locked out cores to sell cheaper for people who don't need a quad core or don't want to pay the money for it at the time.
By selling 1 chip with locked out cores, it keeps overall production costs down, which benefits consumers.

Previously you could unlock the cores at a risk(possible the cores were locked out because poor yields). But now, you can upgrade as you see fit, buy a dual core now, then upgrade to a quad core if you feel like it with just a code, no longer having to swap out your processor.

Substance101 is correct though, build a PC yourself and you save the most money and you probably saved yourself 2 years of having to upgrade by using the correct parts in conjunction.

kaveti66162923d ago

Maybe you should complain to Sony for locking up the eighth SPU you supposedly paid for.

Get this fact straight. These locked cores are not being paid for by the consumer. In fact, the manufacturers reduce the MSRP cost by locking cores and selling the chips as they are meant to be.

You didn't pay for an 8-SPU PS3. You paid for a 7 SPU PS3. It's none of your business what else is on the chip.

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Newtype2923d ago

The ones you buy are still locked. Unlocked versions would be the extreme editions for Intel or Black editions if you want to include AMD.

jerethdagryphon2924d ago

quoting sometihnga as say a 2 core 3gig chip and selling you a 2 core 2.8gig chip then charging you for the extra 200 mhz

is about the same as charging you for the ending of a game or to unlock online functionality (not subscriptions)

its an activivision move

its differenct to sompanys locking people out of console
because there closed systems they do what they say not what is feasibly possable

another reason to go with amd

besides thell just overclock it to get around it

f7897902923d ago

Why? Cause somebody is going to find a way to unlock everything for free. Free processor upgrades for everyone!

PirosThe4th2923d ago (Edited 2923d ago )

That... is ... why... I go for AMD... :P
And I don't buy a PC... I just make it myself... XD

Nihilism2923d ago (Edited 2923d ago )

I go for intel because a 4 core i5-750 annihilates a 3.2ghz 6 core 1090t...

As far as i'm concerned they are both as bad as each other, the 'intel is selling overpriced components' argument doesn't really work when they perform so much better. You get what you pay for, I think intel are A-holes but next gen when a non overclocked low end i5 performs on par with an overclocked high end bulldozer chip which you will need $100+ custom cooler for....then in my opinion, the value is still in intel's court.


I agree. I want an AMD simply for chipset longevity, intel released 2 chipsets each gen and replaces them every 2 years. AMD released a unified chipset and keeps them for 4 years.

But the performance factor still comes into consideration...If I spend $600 on a new cpu/mobo/ram....I expect 60 frames, anything less the cost/increase in performance. For someone with an old PC< an AMD upgrade is the way to go, but for someone with a decent PC, the jump needs to be big to justify the cost.

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