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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will users See a difference?
by Adurbe on Sun 19th Sep 2010 21:52 UTC
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

Its quite a good idea but I am not so sure people will go for it.

I think it comes down to how much of an improvement it will grant. Will a user be able to SEE the difference? I would suggest most ordinary people dont use their CPU to its fullest. They will pay for the upgrade equating and feel 'conned' as its not super quick..

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RE: will users See a difference?
by Morgan on Mon 20th Sep 2010 01:41 in reply to "will users See a difference?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Please explain how this could be considered a good idea?

"Buy this computer for $XX less than that one, and if it's too slow pay $50 to speed it up!"

What happens if $XX is only $20 or so? They just screwed the customer out of money they could have saved by buying the AMD based machine sans shenanigans. This kind of crap only serves to further confuse the ordinary PC buyer. It's bad enough they have an obtuse numbering system for processors that has no bearing on speed or cores/threads, now we have deliberately crippled hardware with an enticement to spend more money to make it do what it should have in the first place!

I'm not going to buy a blender capable of 16 settings but only provides eight until I buy the upgrade card and punch in the code. That's just senseless. Most PC buyers see computers as another appliance and they want it to just freaking work. Making things complicated can only hurt sales.

This stinks of bait-and-switch bullshit in the worst way. I bet Best Buy is drooling in anticipation though; they already train their employees to get the most money for the least product as it is.

And the worst part: We still are playing catch-up with the economy, and owning a PC these days is an expensive necessity. Why the hell should any American company be so willing to further gouge the already stretched-to-the-limit consumers?

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Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

Why buy an i5 over an i3? or an i7 over an i5?

Lets be honest, this complexity is nothing new and already in place eg the Core i7 800-series and Core i5 CPUs each adopt different permutations of the fanciest of the Core i7 900-series.

A user would then be enabled to purchase a 'cheap' PC and upgrade later. Intel would benefit as they are producing one chip design instead of 3 which Should reduce cost of manufacture. One hopes this would be passed on, but who knows?

If this idea comes to fruition or not is another matter but I see nothing wrong with offering the upgrade from an i5 to an i7 post sale as opposed to POS.

I would argue the point of 'AMD based machine sans shenanigans' as most basic users dont have the 'anti-intel' mentality. They know the name 'Intel' and trust it as a result. You have to explain WHY someone should by AMD. Intel is the default in mindshare. For better or worse, its the market reality.

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