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Unlocking Athlon X3 445?

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July 28, 2011 7:00:52 PM

I was wondering if this would work out for me, I will be trying to unlock it to a 4 core, Well iam making sure before I buy it.

Here is the mobo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... = ASUS M4A88T-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz

Thanks for the help!

PS: TO unlock Iam going to be using the ASUS Core Unlocker.

-D54 :sol: 

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July 28, 2011 8:07:21 PM

Yes if it has a stable working fourth core it will work np....you may even unlock some L3 cache if your lucky
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July 28, 2011 11:14:03 PM

You should know that not all CPUs with disabled cores will be stable when the hidden core(s) are enabled. You can find a plethora of information on the gamble of unlocking cores and why they're hidden to begin with, simply by searching the W³. The "10 peso version" (Three Amigos movie reference) is that when AMD creates X4 chips, some of the cores don't pass their internal quality checks and are then disabled. These chips with disabled cores are then branded, packaged, and sold accordingly.

Should you opt to buy the X3 you should know there are a few caveats that go with the extra core:

1. The BIOS, CPU-Z, and the OS often see the CPU as a Phenom with a non-standard model number and without L3 cache, which is what you're reporting.

2. The on-die core temp sensor will no longer work. You'll still get a CPU temp in BIOS and in software programs, which is the motherboard CPU reading, but you won't get a core temp anymore - or if you do it will be some outrageous temperature.

3. The fourth core may give you some instability. Most X3s will run as an X4 at stock speeds, but may need more core voltage (vcore), and they may not overclock as well, though that's not always the case.

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July 29, 2011 6:24:46 AM

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