Intel has a new pilot program that may not go over well with consumers. Imagine going into a store to buy a new computer and being told that you needed to pay extra in order to access all of the processor’s features.
The new pilot program will focus on a single Pentium processor SKU (line) and require a special code to access the processor’s full capabilities. The purchase price to unlock the processor is $50 and you would need to have the store (Best Buy) do the upgrade or download the code and do it yourself.
From the article: Intel is conducting a retail pilot program that introduces desktop PCs with an Intel Pentium G6951 processor that has certain features turned off–namely, part of the cache memory and a function called hyper-threading. Cache memory is critical, very-high-speed memory built into the chip, while hyper-threading allows a processor to use, on some applications, virtual cores, essentially doubling the number of physical processing cores.
- Accept a computer with a limited-function processor and use it as is?
- Accept a computer with a limited-function processor and pay for the upgrade?
- Or simply refuse to purchase it at all?
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Would you buy an Intel chip hobbled by design? [via CNET News]
- Published 09/23/10