Are there any big risks to unlocking cores? I'm running an Athlon II X3 440 on an MSI 870A-G54 mobo. I'm satisfied with the performance as it is but have been curious to see if it would unlock to a quad. Thanks in advance!
Stability issues, but those are very rare. As always, unlocking cores can/will result in higher temps, but thats normal due to extra core(s). No big risks, such as damaging other components, are involved unless you change voltage.
Stability issues, but those are very rare. As always, unlocking cores can/will result in higher temps, but thats normal due to extra core(s). Now big risks, such as damaging other components, are involved unless you change voltage.
I'm assuming that that's supposed to say "aren't involved" so it's relatively low risk for the most part then? And can always be disabled if there is any problems?
Sometimes, when you unlock cores, Core temp doesn't show temps (at least mine didnt). I like to use CPUID hardware monitor. Shows me max and min temps and current. Shows everything in one conveinient window (gpu, cpu, etc)
Well... no luck for me. Although I'm not sure I was doing it right. In the BIOS I just set Unlock CPU Core to enabled and saved/rebooted. When it booted up it said windows can't start normally and gave me the option to try to fix or start windows normally. If I chose start normally it wouldn't start so I just disable it again and everything is fine now.
Go to BIOS and follow your motherboard manual and Unlock the extra core/cores.
Run some stability tests like prime95
Use Core temp and/or OCCT to monitor core voltage and Cpu temps...
Its wise to get a aftermarket cooler before overclocking or unlocking cores.
If there is a stability issue just switch the CMOS jumpers for 10sec to clear BIOS settings and restore normal/default BIOS settings