Intel Launches CPU "Upgrade" Service

"Intel looks to allow users to unlock features in lower-end CPUs...for a fee."

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Ever wanted to gain a performance boost with a lower-end CPU through officially supported means?  Well Intel is looking to let you do exactly that...for a fee that is.  This is done with the launch of what they call the "Intel Upgrade Service.  This new service allows users to purchase a code that can be used with a provided application to instantly unlock various disabled features of the processor.

First up to get the treatment as the pilot for the program is the Pentium G6951, a lower-end LGA1156 processor.  At stock, this chip sports a 2.8GHz clock speed and 3MB of L3 cache at a typical price of $87.  Throwing down $50 nets you an additional 1MB of L3 cache as well as the enabling of Intel's HyperThreading technology, which together should provide a modest but hopefully noticeable boost.

Enthusiasts may scoff at such a service, calling it ridiculous or worthless, but it's quite clear they're not the target audience here.  Rather, this is more for the typical budget-minded consumer who has perhaps bought a pre-built system.  In fact, upgrade cards seen in stores specifically mention the Gateway SX2841-09e.

Overall this seems to be interesting, if perhaps misguided, idea.  It provides an avenue for less-knowledgeable "stock" users to gain a performance boost down the road through officially supported means while still netting Intel a bit of cash.  Some have likened it to the downloadable content (DLC) scheme seen in so many recent games.

For more information, check out the official Intel Upgrade Service customer page here or reseller page here.

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01-09-2010, 16:06:28

SnowWhite
Ben Collins :D
Time for a new Stig.........

O crap this is old news ha ? LOL /leaves again.....

01-09-2010, 16:14:39

Brooksie
Known this for ages haha.

BBC owned themselves though when they tried to stop the book of the Stig, so they can't reveal the Stig.. Rather obvious.

01-09-2010, 16:19:42

SnowWhite


Known this for ages haha.

BBC owned themselves though when they tried to stop the book of the Stig, so they can't reveal the Stig.. Rather obvious.



I blame Dutch television !

01-09-2010, 17:04:10

Brooksie
Also, total waste of our money tbh. A quick Google can obviously reveal The Stig, so are they going to sue Google?

01-09-2010, 17:59:26

mayhem
Who cares who the stig early is. the stigs own legend cannot be beaten.

01-09-2010, 19:07:18

AMDFTW
nah the guy/gilr is a legend in itself,and the quotes them jezza does are awsome

02-09-2010, 11:11:44

SnowWhite


Also, total waste of our money tbh. A quick Google can obviously reveal The Stig, so are they going to sue Google?



Yea indeed, just a type in Google shows more info the you will ever need :P

03-09-2010, 18:18:45

Xeno_Crux
Isn't the Stig more than one person?

04-09-2010, 04:37:04

nepas


Isn't the Stig more than one person?





Last I heard they had used 3 stigs,but Ben Collins is the main driver who does all the lap times to keep things consistent.
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