Intel Releasing Upgradable Processors Crippled by Default

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By Akemi Iwaya on September 23rd, 2010

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.

Would you:

  • 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?

Let us know what you think in the comments!

Photo credit: Intel.

Would you buy an Intel chip hobbled by design? [via CNET News]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/23/10
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