When it comes to desktop software and web-based applications, consumers
are used to shelling out money for additional features. There are
multiple versions of software packages, for instance, and many paid web
services offer different features at different prices.
It’s a model that might soon be coming to the hardware market. Over the
weekend, news broke that Intel has begun selling computers equipped with
its Pentium G6951 processor with a $50 “processor performance upgrade”
card. As the name implies, the card enables the owner of a computer with
a Pentium G6951 processor to “upgrade” the capabilities of the
processor, for a price.