Intel wants to charge an extra fee unlock stuff your CPU can already do.

As reported by engadget.com – Intel’s asking customers to pay extra if they want the full power of their CPU’s. The Intel website confirms that you can download software to unlock extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor. This isn’t exactly an unprecedented move, as chip companies routinely sell hardware-locked chips all the time in a process known as binning, but there they have a simpler excuse — binned chips are typically sold with cores or cache locked because that part of their silicon turned out defective after printing. This new idea is more akin to video games that let you “download” extra weapons and features, when those features were on the disc all along. Still, it’s an intriguing business model, and before you unleash your rage in comments, you should know that Intel’s just testing it out on this low-end processor in a few select markets for now.

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