First time poster, long time reader however i wasn't able to find an answer to my problem here or anywhere else for that matter.
So, I have a Phenom II 550 BE that I wasn't able to unlock to 4 cores. But with the latest bios version - f5b - I was able to select which extra core to have enabled or disabled. So it was proven that Core 2 was bad but I was able to get it running as Athlon x3 550. Is there a downside to that? Any extra 'danger' compared to having it unlocked to a 4 core proc?
The reason I am asking this is because I wasn't really able to find any info about Athlon x3 550, there was only one reference about it on google and nothing relevant to my questions.
Oh yea, ran Prime 95 for about 7 hours for starters and it was all good, CPU temp ~61 degrees so my guess would be 7-8 degrees more for the cores (that being with stock cooler). But other than eventual stability issues I guess it's all good than for now.