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Old 08-20-2011, 04:00 PM
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Default Want to Upgrade your Processor? There's an App For That!

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/92916-intel-cashes-in-on-software-upgraded-sandy-bridge-processors' target='_blank'>http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/...idge-processors</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Intel is now offering to upgrade your Core i3-2312M, Core i3-2102, or Pentium G622 processor using software. Just download a program, buy an &ldquo;upgrade card&rdquo; from your local supermarket, enter your magic code, and voila: a 15-20% performance boost (CPU frequency bump), and in the case of the i3-2312M you can even unlock more cache."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1313800054.usr20447.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>It looks like Intel's old Intel Pentium G6951 project for software based upgrading was enough of a success that Intel is at it again.&nbsp; Certain low end CPUs will be locked to a more restrictive performance level in order to sell for a lower price.&nbsp; The practice is similar to an industry method called "binning" but with an official, hopefully warranty supported method of unleashing better power.&nbsp; The biggest problem I see with this system is that it only affects certain CPUs, so there could be plenty of sales which end up with a useless upgrade card.&nbsp; With lots of different model computers out there, purchase choices are difficult enough as it is.&nbsp; People more serious about hardware will easily avoid these CPUs, though some might in hopes of doing their own unauthorized upgrades.&nbsp; Reality probably means that this attempt at software upgrading will not pan out though.</p>
 
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