Rossi FernandesAug 18, 2011 10:37:13 IST
Software updates are pretty common and there’re also firmware upgrades available for everything from motherboards to cameras to even phones. However, it’s not very often that you hear about a software update for a processor, and definitely not one that speeds up the CPU. Some of Intel’s Sandy Bridge models will be able to operate at slightly faster speeds once the update is applied. The models to be upgraded are - Core i3 2312M, Core i3 2101 and the Pentium G622. With the updates, they’ll operate at faster frequencies and will be offered more cache. Intel claims that with these updates, users should be able to notice a performance boost of roughly 10 to 23 percent depending on the kind of application.
The question many are asking is that if the processors were able to operate at faster speeds, why didn’t Intel set them to those speeds during the time of launch. The step is being looked upon as a marketing gimmick. The same performance could be achieved by users even without the update, if they chose to overclock the processors. As of now, it looks like the update software will only run on the Windows 7 operating system.