This issue was already answered by Idontcare:Originally posted by: Nemesis 1
Ya really should learn the history of unlocked multi. In the beginning they were unlocked but people bought them and sold them as higher cost cpus .Originally posted by: ShawnD1
I think it's more shocking that they haven't done this in the past. Having an unlocked multiplier does not affect business computers, other OEM computers, or even most custom computers. All the locked multiplier does is alienate the enthusiast market. Intel's marketing team must be run by idiots if it took them 40 years to figure out that alienating people is bad.
He's right. My unlocked Phenom 9600 is running at 2600mhz right now instead of 2300 but it still shows up as "AMD Phenom X4 9600 Black Edition". Changing the multiplier does not change the displayed name of the processor.For example even if you overclock your E6600 to 3GHz, you can't do anything to make the boot-up screen report your E6600 as a E6850.