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An eagle-eyed Engadget reader was surfing the Best Buy shelves when he noticed this $50 card -- and sure enough, Intel websites confirm -- that lets you download software to unlock extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor.
Also my X3 720 (unlocked to an X4) can be dropped in to an AM3+ motherboard
If you don't have a problem with upgrading software, then you shouldn't be upset with Intel. They're doing the same thing.
but when I buy a chip and the specs say such and such I don't wanna get home and install it only to find wah this isn't what i paid for, or there is some extra part of the chip being wasted just cause intel wants to squeeze more cash out of me.
From what I read earlier this only works with Windows 7 and the "upgrade" is applied by the OS at boot time. What happens if:
1) You use another OS
2) You use Win 7, buy the upgrade, then switch to another OS
3) You carry on using Win 7 but re-install at some point
4) The software malfunctions at some point down the line
And given how crappy hardware is thrown together these days with everything mismatched cause hardware vendors are trying to get rid of last years crap for todays prices upping the proc isn't going to do jack when you are running sayyyy
DDR2 single chan
a 5400 RPM SATA6 HD on a SATA3 motherboard
etc etc etc
yeeeeeep, im not building anything that isn't a socket AM3 so it can take advantage of DDR3 PLUS it keeps the door open for a 6 core. Don't have the cash for a 6 core right now? no big deal just drop in a cheap 3.0ghz dual core and when you have the money just replace the chip.
you can really build future overhead in with each AMD system now.