Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 20:32 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Intel On a Windows Vista or Vindows 7 disk, all versions of the operating system are present, from Starter to Ultimate, and everything in between. So, if you want too upgrade to a more capable version of Windows down the road, all you need to do is pop the Windows disk in, let Windows Anytime Upgrade do its thing, and you're done. It seems like Intel is experimenting with a similar technology... For its processors.
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by tyrel on Mon 20th Sep 2010 02:09 UTC
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So I buy a CPU for $100 that I can enable features on for $50. So I actually bought a $150 CPU in the first place. Apparently it didn't cost Intel any more to produce that $150 CPU than it would have to produce a $100 CPU -- otherwise they would either have to charge $150 for it in the first place, to make any margin, or make two completely different versions.
So in this case it looks like Intel has come up with a way to make two hugely different levels of profit margin off an identical profit. Makes me wonder if they haven't been selling us all hugely powerful CPUs forever and just dumbing them down a bit. Good for profits, bad morally, I say.

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