Sunday, 19 September 2010

Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do



"Hold onto your hyperthreaded horses, because this is liable to whip up an angry mob -- Intel's asking customers to pay extra if they want the full power of their store-bought silicon. An eagle-eyed Engadget reader was surfing the Best Buy shelves when he noticed this $50 card -- and sure enough, Intel websites confirm -- that lets you download software to unlock extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor. Hardware.info got their hands on an early sample of the chip and discovered it's actually a full 1MB of L3 cache that's enabled plus HyperThreading support, which translates to a modest but noticeable upgrade.

This isn't exactly an unprecedented move, as chip companies routinely sell hardware-locked chips all the time in a process known as binning, but there they have a simpler excuse -- binned chips are typically sold with cores or cache locked because that part of their silicon turned out defective after printing.

This new idea is more akin to video games that let you "download" extra weapons and features, when those features were on the disc all along. Still, it's an intriguing business model, and before you unleash your rage in comments, you should know that Intel's just testing it out on this low-end processor in a few select markets for now." Wired.com

WTF is this BULLSHIT?!?!

I think my next processor might just be an AMD, purely because of this. CUNTS.

24 comments:

  1. lifehack guy supports your blog..

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  2. I wonder how hard it would be to make a hack/patch that pretty much does the same thing??

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  3. Haha, wow. This is absolutely ridiculous. What could even be the reasoning for something like this? It doesn't benefit the consumer at all, it's purely a profit-driven exploit.

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  4. wow thats kinda stupid. I bet they figure Microsoft can get tards to pay for xbox live, something that should be free, why not charge people for something they don't understand. :/

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  5. People are going to pay for it, so they're doing it. That's what happens. =P

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  6. Well for Xbox Live they got servers and something and there is some upkeep cost to that. Its like Blizzard charging $15 a month for Warcraft. You're paying for a service with XBL and WoW. When I buy a computer, I expect to use it to its maximum potential and not have to buy something else just to let me use its full power. It's like buying a blender then when you bring it hope you got to shell out an additional $10 for a power cord since it isn't included, even though the box says absolutely nothing about it.

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  8. So now my processor is DRM'd? See, I think the problem with this is that their taking advantage of people who don't know anything about computers.

    Everyone wants a faster computer, so I can see a lot of people falling for this, thinking it's magic.

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  9. jesus i was having a rocket in my room all this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. well ofc they are people are dumb enough to pay for it

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  11. what i just lost all respect for intel

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  12. That is buillshit. Why bother doing that?

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  13. Thats complete and utter bullshit, I can't believe they're doing this.

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  14. Pretty gay. hopefully they dont start pulling this crap on real processors.

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  15. wow more greed from big companies what a surprise!

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  16. its bs but we cant do much about it

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  17. Showing my DAILY support,I REALLY need yours aswell!!

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  18. Its actually pretty interesting to say the least lol

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