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Unlocking cores on Phenom 555 c3 with MSI 870-g45

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September 12, 2010 2:51:35 AM

I have flashed the bios to the latest version A.50, i followed a guide with the core unlocking feature in the MSI board sticky, but no luck....

It restarts couple times then shows an error in windows, attempts to repair it unsuccessfully then i have to restore windows to previous working condition.

No cores getting unlocked, makes the whole system crash and restart a couple times.

I am running windows 7 64bit ultimate and trying to unlock Phenom x2 555 3.2Ghz BE with an MSI 870-g45 board (actually 770 chipset)

I've read it is really easy to unlock this combination... what am i doing wrong? Should i not use the bios unlock feature and go some other alternative way? Thanks

p.s. This is a fresh built, 2 days old.
a b K Overclocking
September 12, 2010 2:29:03 PM

Sounds like your doing everything right. Your OS won't load because the extra cores(core) your trying to unlock are defective.

One other option is to try unlocking only one extra core, giving you an x3. Not sure what your bios options look like, but under Cpu Core Control try selecting 3 core operation using cores0,1,2 or cores0,1,3

It's easy to unlock that combo IF the extra cores(core)are not defective....
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September 12, 2010 10:08:17 PM

thank you! is there a place where i can find that info? in my bios setting i can not choose cores. It only shows 2 available cores, i can either enable them or disable (they are enabled by default)
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a b K Overclocking
September 13, 2010 2:44:59 AM

Unlock Cpu Core: enable

Advanced Clock Calibration: auto

Cpu Core Control: manual

Then maybe the core 1 and core 2 options will be active..(i'm assuming those would be the 3rd and 4th cores)

See if this pics on this posters blog page make more sense..

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September 13, 2010 5:07:23 AM

Best answer selected by Klimentiy.
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September 17, 2010 7:40:05 AM

I'd just like to add, keep in mind there is NO guarantee any of the cores you unlock will work. Alot of people seemed suprised and ask, 'what did I do wrong?' You didn't do anything wrong. The BIOS on most motherboards that support core unlocking are very simple to use.

I have this same motherboard and used the same chip, I got lucky and was able to unlock both cores and have a stable quad running at stock voltage and frequency. I would of been completely happy with it if it was a dual core as it was a huge upgrade from my 64 x2 4200 I had.

It sucks, but some of the chips do actually not have working cores, some just get lucky. It's a simple process and if you boot up and get into windows your chances are good you got a stable unlock. I burned mine in using prime 95 to check for stability and got zero errors or warnings after 5 hours. And after running this for a week straight playing video games and rendering 3D graphics that this is indeed a stable 4 core unlock that I have here.

Also, if you have 4 working cores you should see all 4 in your BIOS under CPU Core Control, should be a list of cores from 0,1,2,3. But I'm assuming core 2 and 3 will only show if they are indeed working as mine are. Otherwise you just see core 0 and 1 if you do not activate CPU Core Unlock.

When testing with Prime 95 I enabled 2 cores at a time since core 0 must always be enabled. I did this since individual core temps are not readable to check and see if any of the cores were running hotter on average than any of the other 2 cores. I have a variance of 2 to 3 degrees C on the overall cpu temp gauge, which to me isn't a concern since my old 64 x2 had one core that liked to run as high as 8C hotter than the other core for some reason.

Best bet is get a quad, they are cheap if you really need one. I didn't and my budget only allowed me to get an x2. But I got lucky and have a working quad. It's just all a crap shoot. I could buy another one for another rig and not get any cores working. I figure it's a 33% chance. since 1/3 of the time you'll get no working cores, another 1/3 get 1 working core, and 1/3 more get 2 working cores. The actual percentage maybe higher as yield rates increase on the x4's and they badge some of them as x2's to meet market demands, but there is no way to accurately measure successful unlocks without doing a lab study with at least a few dozen units on hand from different batches to see what kind of unlock rate you get.
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October 4, 2010 10:34:09 PM

Thank you for your extensive reply, which bios version did you use? I currently have A.50, that is 10.5 i believe.
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