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]: will users See a difference?
by Adurbe on Mon 20th Sep 2010 12:24 UTC in reply to "RE: will users See a difference?"
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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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

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.

I don't buy this at all, it's not an anti-Intel mentality. When AMD introduced their amd64 line people bought AMD because they were much better than Intel's offerings, when Intel introduced core2 people bought Intel because they were much better than AMD's offerings. If Intel goes down this crippled route I'm certain it will help AMD, but it won't mean squat if their cpu offerings aren't up to the task, people wants the best bang for the buck, very few care if it says AMD or Intel on the cpu box.

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Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

I will happily agree that during the amd64 days their offering Was better and I myself bought a couple. But in terms of joe public who dont compare benchmarks, they bought whatever was in the box HP/Dell/OEM provided. Most of the time, that was intel (in the UK anyway).

I honestly cant recall an AMD advert on the TV but I can Intel's *bum bum bum buuum*

This coupled with many other factors meant that AMD was the 'one with the strange processor' the chap in PC world had to explain was different (badly)

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