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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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Mon 20th Sep 2010 04:04 UTC
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People are talking about 'speed' where as I think what will happen are features will be disabled and enabled when they pay extra - for example, why should an end user be forced to pay the virtualisation feature when they might never use it, or encryption acceleration features and so forth. The cost to Intel of keeping the features on the chip is probably cheaper than removing them but it enables them to sell a cheaper chip and then allow people to upgrade without replacing the chip. The cost to keep the feature on the chip maybe a few cents but the cost to upgrade will be $50 meaning that the margins will be massive in terms of after sale upgrades.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by r_a_trip on Mon 20th Sep 2010 11:13 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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2005-07-06

The cost to keep the feature on the chip maybe a few cents but the cost to upgrade will be $50 meaning that the margins will be massive in terms of after sale upgrades.

In other words Intel could nickle and dime you to death with their crippleware CPU in comparison with the lumpsum version.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Mon 20th Sep 2010 12:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
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The cost to keep the feature on the chip maybe a few cents but the cost to upgrade will be $50 meaning that the margins will be massive in terms of after sale upgrades.

In other words Intel could nickle and dime you to death with their crippleware CPU in comparison with the lumpsum version.


You got it - just like the mainframe vendors will sell a machine with the CPU sockets maxed out but only the ones you've paid for are enabled. Another example of a high end feature scaled down for the little people thinking they've got a great deal - in much the same way Microsoft nickle and dime end users with half a dozen versions of Windows when a single version would do the trick.

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