Hey guys, so heres the question:
If I grab say an AMD Phenom II x3 720 BE, clocked at 2.8ghz, and then OC it to 3.4 ghz,
Will that run identically to a Phenom -- 740 clocked also at 3.4 ghz?
Oh and also, if I unlocked the 4th core and OC'd the 720 to 3.4ghz, with 4 cores now, would it be identical to a phenom II x4 965? Or does the 965 OC much farther?
Ok...here's the skinny.
OC'ing will negate differences in chips within the same family. It will also help to keep older technology relevant longer.
Unlocking a 4th core on an old 3 core Phenom would make it equivalent to the X4 version at the same frequency.
HOWEVER, in the past, not all people who successfully unlock the extra core can overclock them very far. This was a sort of luck of the draw type of thing. I have seen them unable to be overclocked at all and stay stable, on the other hand, I have also seen them overclocked more than 1 GHz with an unlocked core. So, just keep that in mind before you move forward.