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June 30, 2010 11:06:06 AM

Hello. I know nothing about unlocking cores, but I have an Athlon II X4 635 and an MSI 785GM-E51 mb. It has overclocking switches and the bios will unlock the cores. Is it safe, and will I see a substantial benefit? Any help appreciated, thanks!

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June 30, 2010 11:13:06 AM

It already has 4 cores so theres no more cores to unlock. You will see a benefit if overclocking though.
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June 30, 2010 4:27:09 PM

slentz16 said:
Hello. I know nothing about unlocking cores, but I have an Athlon II X4 635 and an MSI 785GM-E51 mb. It has overclocking switches and the bios will unlock the cores. Is it safe, and will I see a substantial benefit? Any help appreciated, thanks!


The Athlon II X4 635 already has four cores enabled on a for-core die, so you can't unlock any cores. The only thing that you might enable is some L3 cache if your Athlon II is made from a Phenom II X4 (Deneb) die with the L3 disabled instead of the normal Athlon II X4 (Propus) die that has no L3 to begin with. Deneb-based Athlon IIs are not very common, so my guess is flipping the switches will turn on absolutely nothing. However, it won't hurt to flip them and see if anything does show up as the worst that happens is your machine won't boot because your Athlon II was based on a Deneb die with a faulty L3 cache that is now enabled and causes CPU errors. In that case, all you have to do is turn the switches off and your CPU will work just like before.
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June 30, 2010 10:05:11 PM

simon12 and MU_Engineer, thanks for your informative replies. This is my first multicore processor and of course we all look to squeeze what we can out of our hardware. Since I know nothing about "unlocking" I wasn't sure if that meant to make them work together and more efficiently or what.

Zipzoomgflyhigh, I am glad I could entertain you. It really was the high point of my day... If you ever have any questions about burglar alarm systems, fire alarms, access control, PBX or CCVS, drop me a line. I'd be happy to entertain you also. :) 
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June 30, 2010 10:06:04 PM

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July 1, 2010 2:07:09 AM

What a genius Zipzoomgflyhigh, you've impressed me for the second time today. It must truly HURT being you.. Maybe you should find a hobby.

You may want to study these friend, because if you respond rudely to me again I WILL report it to the webmasters. You don't have free reign.


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July 1, 2010 2:32:06 AM

slentz16 at the same time you could have probably search the forum before posting this and found your answer (or even searching google about this topic)
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July 1, 2010 10:50:39 PM

Yes I am, but in hindsight thanks for the "breaking in"! Quite the experience. I guess any group worth belonging to requires SOME hazing.
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