Intel wants $50 to Software Unlock CPU features

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

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 |

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?

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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