So basicaly the Athlons dont even compare? On one of the sites it said that the AMD Athlon II X3 425 is a quad and you can unlock the 4th core. Is there a 4th core on the Athlon II X3 440 and if so how do i unlock it?
X3's are X4's with a disabled core, most of the time there is a reason for it. It will not damage anything but can create issues like instability if bad. There is a option in BIOS on the motherboard if the board is able to unlock the core.
its an excellent budget gaming CPU. I have an athlon II x3 @3.3ghz in one PC and Phenom II x4 3.6ghz in another. in terms of gaming, its not a major jump, the athlon x3 performs just like the athlon x4 in gaming.
I looked at my Athlon II X3 440 vs. a Q6600 in Crysis benchmarks and the they perform on par. The Q6600 is recemended on gta IV and bfbc2 which are the most demanding games out so im happy. But let me get this straight there is absoulutly no way for me to unlock the 4th core?