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Old September 18, 2010, 03:32 PM
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Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do -- Engadget
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Old September 18, 2010, 03:42 PM
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Wonder how easy this would be to crack?
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Old September 18, 2010, 03:47 PM
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was waiting for something like this. if its software blockage? them boys will find a way. if hw? thats impossible to not feasable.

nice. get a cheaper cpu, hack it,whohohoo!!(ahem fold it while at it)
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If you can "return" the upgrade, then it means that this must be reversible (unless you actually swap your CPU for a non-upgraded one). That equates to this system being cracked rather quickly if people care enough to do so. (aka it must not involve burning out fuses or other permanent hardware-related items)
FAQ: https://retailupgrades.intel.com/FAQ.aspx

The proposed price of $50 is ridiculous though... according to the graphs https://retailupgrades.intel.com/Pag...?Name=Benefits the CPU's clock speed does not change, so couldn't you just take your money elsewhere?
Assuming this Pentium 5691 is below $50, the price of this CPU + the "upgrade" could probably get you something faster.
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Old September 18, 2010, 04:28 PM
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If you can "return" the upgrade, then it means that this must be reversible (unless you actually swap your CPU for a non-upgraded one). That equates to this system being cracked rather quickly if people care enough to do so. (aka it must not involve burning out fuses or other permanent hardware-related items)
FAQ: https://retailupgrades.intel.com/FAQ.aspx

The proposed price of $50 is ridiculous though... according to the graphs https://retailupgrades.intel.com/Pag...?Name=Benefits the CPU's clock speed does not change, so couldn't you just take your money elsewhere?
Assuming this Pentium 5691 is below $50, the price of this CPU + the "upgrade" could probably get you something faster.
I'm guessing this is for people who buy pre-build PC, not builder.
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havent read in the link thingie, but since its software, it might be something that activates at boot?
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this will get cracked quick,then i might go the intel way to try it out
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Possibly a pure marketing scheme?

Maybe every big-box PC (I can't imagine them selling these retail) will come with a "free upgrade"? Or maybe even worse.... maybe these will be directly tied to the bios of the individual motherboard (i.e. ser# check every boot) in order to prevent folks from buying cheap OEM builds in order to salvage the parts.....
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Personally, I think this sucks! You can own the physical part, but not all the software encrypted on it! Yeah, the auto analogy is pretty good. You can buy the car but have to pay extra for the key.*&$@#%.
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Personally, I think this sucks! You can own the physical part, but not all the software encrypted on it! Yeah, the auto analogy is pretty good. You can buy the car but have to pay extra for the key.*&$@#%.

not really, you pay a certain amount of money for the "stock" CPU, unlocking is just extra, you shouldn't feel entitled to it. Want more performance, overclock or buy a better CPU.
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