I think this information is incorrect. Quote from lipe "All CPU manufacturers make the same silicon wafer for an entire family of cpu's and then just disable some features to sell them for the value market. It's much to expensive to reconfigure the assembly line/process for each different model of CPU in a series of chips. What Intel is doing here is actually great because instead of leaving the turned off features disabled for good they now will allow you to just pay a small extra for the upgrade rather than forcing you to buy a NEW cpu and lose the money for the old one." Regarding http://www.techspot.com/news/40325-...-cards-to-unlock-builtin-cpu-features.html#21 If this is true it would cost them more money to make a dumb downed cpu, of course a dumbed down cpus sell for less, but costs more to make?