Intel wants $50 to Software Unlock CPU features

Intel wants to charge to unlock features on CPU's.

@anthony256
Published Mon, Sep 20 2010 2:37 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:33 PM CST
Intel plan to charge users $50 to software unlock their CPU's.

Intel wants $50 to Software Unlock CPU features | TweakTown.com


WHAT. Yes, you read that right - Intel want to charge people for software unlocks - is this the future of CPU's?

Intel's Pentium G9651 LGA1156 dual core CPU hasn't not had much air-time, compared to the G6950. But, the G9651 supports "hardware feature upgrades" which by purchasing them enable certain locked features through software. The $50 upgrade gives the G9651 user support for HyperThreading tech, enabling four threads on the processor and unlocks the disabled 1MB of L3 cache.

Although this is a low end product - it's most likely the little feet of Intel touching the very cold water. Charging people for a service that motherboard manufacturers boast about on boxes is going to cause quite a stir, let alone what people would think of this.

Maybe pre-boxed Dell, HP, etc systems would benefit from this - but would you want your components being locked, to only get them via software redemption?
NEWS SOURCE:techpowerup.com

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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