Think back to 2001. Do you remember what kind of computer you had? Dell? Gateway? HP? More specifically, do you remember what kind of CPU it used? If you had a Pentium 4 processor inside, Intel could have some cash coming your way.
Before you get too excited, however, you should know it's only $15.
Let's take a trip down memory lane, all the way back to the year 2000. It seems like such a short time ago, but it's already been almost 15 years! Back in November 2000, Intel released a brand new Pentium CPU chip: the Pentium 4. It was the last single-core Pentium chip. After the Pentium, Intel began releasing dual-core Pentiums. Check out this old Pentium 4 demo video:
The problem was the Pentium 4 wasn't as good as Intel said it was, and it wasn't as good as AMD's top-of-the-line competitor. So Intel allegedly fudged its benchmark testing numbers to claim it was faster and more powerful than it actually was.
I just want to be clear: Intel has never admitted any liability or wrongdoing for the Pentium 4 benchmark tests. The settlement doesn't require any admission of guilt. These legal proceedings have been going on for more than a decade now, and they've made some lawyers MUCH richer than anybody who bought a Pentium 4 based off sketchy benchmarks will ever be.
So let's say you bought a Pentium 4. How can you get your $15? After all, that's a movie ticket and a small Coke! You probably don't even have the computer anymore and there's next to NO chance you still have the receipt. It's OK, you don't need it. You can join the class-action suit by filling out this form online. But there are a couple restrictions.
First, you can't live in Illinois. Sorry, Illinoisians! Second, you must have purchased your Pentium chip or computer between November 20, 2000 and December 31, 2001. Or, you must have purchased a Pentium 4 chip UNDER 2.0 GHz between January 1, 2002 and June 30, 2002.
How do you prove you actually purchased the processor in question between these dates? You don't. All you have to do is swear you did under penalty of perjury. So if you still feel ripped off by Intel after all these years, now you can get $15 worth of payback. It's been a long time coming!