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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RE[2]: Confused
by lemur2 on Mon 20th Sep 2010 06:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Confused"
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AMD/ATI, NVIDIA and Intel have all done this before.

What is immoral about selling a cpu at differing clock speeds even if the die is the same? You are being offered different levels of power/price, why does the manufacturing process make it immoral?


There is nothing necessarily wrong with it at all, if the reasons are not simply to rip people off, but rather to offer them better value for money.

For example ... suppose the manufacturing process for chips throws up a certain defect rate. Suppose I have a wafer with a number of quad-core CPUs, and that wafer throws up a 50% defect rate. On 50% of the chips on the wafer, not all four CPU cores are functional.

Now suppose I make it so that I can isolate power from a dud core, and by doing that I can salvage what would otherwise be a dud chip to now be a working three-core CPU, but with one unpowered area of silicon. Now I can have a wafer yeild 50% working quad-core chips, plus say 40% triple-core chips.

Now I don't have to throw away 50% of the chips, I can now sell 50% as full-spec quad cores, and a further 40% as lower-priced triple-core parts. Everyone wins. I can even sell the quad-core parts cheaper, because there is less wastage in the whole process. This is pure win-win.

But that is not what Intel are offering here at all, it is only superficially the same. What Intel are actually offering here is a win for Intel, and a tax on everyone else.

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