Intel has an interesting business model they seem to think will intrigue customers and line their pockets with more money. For a most fee of only $50, they will allow you to download software that will unlock more power for your Intel CPU. According to one report Best Buy is currently selling the $50 cards at their outlets for the new Intel Pentium G6951 processor.
Intel is calling this an ‘upgrade’ and the card is pictured below:
Hardware.info got their hands on an early sample of the chip and discovered it’s actually a full 1MB of L3 cache that’s enabled plus HyperThreading support, which translates to a modest but noticeable upgrade.
The back of the card is a scratch off with a secret code that allows access to the secret software from a secret site. I would venture a guess that someone is going to easily crack this secret stuff and post it on the Internet.
Would you pay $50 to unlock your CPU? I know I wouldn’t.