Intel ‘cpu’ Upgrade Service: Intel Corporation has introduced a card upgradeability service for one of its new processors appropriately called the ‘Intel Upgrade Service’.Â This will initially be a feature of the Pentium G9651 which is based on the i3-530 processor.
In terms of FSX the Pentium G9651 is a “low” (budget) end cpu, and simmers are unlikely to specifically seek it out to use in their favourite sim!
Basically, the Pentium G6951 (Nehalem, Westmere, i3-530) is a dual core (Clarkdale) setup with a clock speed of 2.8 GHz, plus 3 MB shared L3 cache.Â You can then purchase (for a modest sum circa $US50) an upgrade card with embedded PIN, access the Intel website, download a firmware upgrade, and you have an upgraded PC.Â The “upgrade” increases the L3 cache with an additional 1 MB (4 MB total) and Hyperthreading is enabled.Â Apparently this turns this processor into a Pentium G6952. Â These features are already present on the G9651, you just have to pay a little extra to unlock them.Â (For Reference: The i3-530 is clocked at 2.93GHz with 4 MB L3 cache and has HT enabled.)
The slight vague feeling of unease for simmers, is that if this is a success, will Intel widen this to include all of their processors and will it really affect us in the FSX virtual world?