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Intel CPU unlock rip-off

submitted on September 19, 2010 by YanBz in "Products / Gadgets"
Here is how the rip-off works: Intel sells suckers customers a CPU that has certain features locked and then sells an "upgrade" card that will remove the lock.

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.


http://www.engadget.com/2010/0.....already-d/

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  • 79957
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on September 19, 2010
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    Eeek
  • 80005
    lootango
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    Posted by lootango on September 20, 2010
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    Not cool Intel... not cool!
  • 80008
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on September 20, 2010
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    Scary when the "big guys" pull stunts like this.
      80031
    • lootango
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      Posted by lootango on September 20, 2010
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      I know... like they really need the extra revenue.
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    • sandyshore
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      Posted by sandyshore on September 20, 2010
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      I think it is just plain insulting of consumers intelligence, these are the kind of tactics I hope blow up in a companies face.
  • 80093
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on September 20, 2010
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    Imagine someone sell you a bookcase for $200 with half of the compartments nailed so you can't open them. For a convenient $50 extra fee however the nails can be removed and you will be free to use the entire bookcase. This is the kind of a trick the technology allows businesses to do these days. It has been exploited by software companies for a while. Windows Home Edition is nothing else but a stripped down Windows Professional
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    WhattaDealBlog
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    Posted by WhattaDealBlog on September 20, 2010
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    Intel has been working with Apple for a while now, it was only a matter of time before some tricks rubbed off.

    I bet within 5 years you will only be "renting" your processor anyways. Twisted
  • 80126
    shawndiaz
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    Posted by shawndiaz on September 21, 2010
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    'Tis why I have always kept my faith with AMD.
  • 80176
    pablos17
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    10 8 2
    Posted by pablos17 on September 21, 2010
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    I'll just stick to overclocking my CPU manually to get the results I want. Smile

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