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AMD Triple Core (hidden quad??) + new build advice

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May 8, 2009 3:31:48 AM


Building new system for client in the next week (purchased mostly through Newegg):

-NZXT Alpha Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA
-SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
-LG Black bezel SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model GDR-H20N - OEM
-NZXT PS-NT-PP600-R 600W ATX / BTX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
-OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit
-AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor

There will be gaming and OC'ing.


1. I heard that the "magical fourth core" of this triple core processor can be unlocked with this MOBO. Is it something I should attempt or is it not stable? I heard that AMD rushed some quads out and renamed them as the triple core during Feb/Mar of this year. Not sure what to believe...

2. What type of cpu heatsink and cooler would you recommend for this build?

3. Does anyone see any potential issues with this build?

Thank you!

More about : amd triple core hidden quad build advice

May 8, 2009 4:23:17 AM

the quad and the triple core are the same part . The 4th core might run but it wont run as well as the other 3 so AMD disable it .

The disabled core will often run at stock speeds, but is unlikely to overclock . For gaming you'd be better off with 3 overclocked cores instead of 4 slower ones

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May 8, 2009 4:38:42 AM

I don't think it wil come with thermal paste, but I just buy my own even though there is already some on :) 
May 8, 2009 6:45:55 PM

I would recommend a 4770 over the 4850, uses 1/2 the power for about the same performance.

Get a better quality PSU. Corsair VX450 would be plenty.
May 11, 2009 8:10:56 AM

i don't think it comes with any can't remember used my own you want to install it on the brass part thin lines

installs super easy on amd system just put it straight on then just pull the clip over fans a little hard installing
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