As odd as it may or may not sound, Intel has begun to sell upgrade cards for one of its processors, the Pentium G6951 to be exact, which unlocks HyperThreading support and 1MB of L3 cache memory, guaranteeing an instant performance boost.
Though CPUs can usually place all of their resources at their masters’ disposal, some come with features that are locked for some reason or another.
Unlocking said features usually correlates to an instant increase in performance, giving said CPU the potential to match or even exceed more expensive parts upon being properly unlocked or overclocked.
Some motherboards have their own technologies that carry out such tasks, such as high-end boards that unlock dual-core or triple-core units into quad-cores.
Intel’s Pentium G6951 also has certain unlockable features, namely a certain amount of cache memory and HyperThreading support.
Thus, its maker has begun a pilot program, known as Processor Performance Upgrade, which consists of selling a so-called ‘Upgrade Card’.
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