Help, one of my cores might have died

I have a Q6600 running @ 3.2Ghz for the past few months. It was just another ordinary day and i loaded speedfan to check some temps. Suddenly my pc turned off. It tried a couple of times to boot on its own but it wouldn't post. I turned it off, and then power it up again and it worked. When i loaded some programs though everything was reporting that i had only 3 cores.

i.e http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/3958/q6600uo5.th.jpg

It's still covered under guarrantee so i ll probably just return it but does anyone have any idea of what happened and if it's reversible?
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  1. i reflashed my bios and everything seems to be ok now. Hope everything stays this way.
  2. wow, I've never seen anything like that 0_o
    Glad to hear it's running fine now.
  3. Youve just come across a long rumored Intel Easter Egg that ocasionaly turns a Q6600 into a Phenom X3 just to prove how totaly stupid the competition is. :)
  4. OlSkoolChopper said:
    Youve just come across a long rumored Intel Easter Egg that ocasionaly turns a Q6600 into a Phenom X3 just to prove how totaly stupid the competition is. :)

    I lol'd.
  5. OlSkoolChopper said:
    Youve just come across a long rumored Intel Easter Egg that ocasionaly turns a Q6600 into a Phenom X3 just to prove how totaly stupid the competition is. :)


    wait, where's the smiley that looks bored out of his mind?
  6. surrealdeal said:
    wait, where's the smiley that looks bored out of his mind?


    Right here. I'll just unzip and show ya. :lol:
  7. hmm, you may be the first person in the world to have a tri-core cpu. congrats. benchies!

    edit: Apparently Intel beat AMD to the tri-cores as well. This is bad for AMD!
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