Originally Posted by Arnie
No, not exactly. All the features are already on the card but are locked. To unlock the features that you want you buy an extra licence for those features.
I understand the HW is present. I'm saying it is not tested above the minimum specs.
He has written "...especially the cost of testing if a CPU is overclocking-stable - correct.".
So the savings comes from standardization, less testing, ability to use 2nd choice memory. Then it is just a game of probablity and product placement.
I think it is really clever. It would be interesting if he can comment about probability of not having a feature work after unlock. This would prove or not my guessing.