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Unlocking 4th core on AMD Athlon

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Last response: in CPUs
February 12, 2012 7:36:13 PM

I bought a AMD ATHLON X3 (tri core 3.2ghz) and an Asus M5A78L-M LX which has the core unlocker feature and you need to flip a switch. I was wondering what are the advantages of doing this and the disadvantages?

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a c 108 à CPUs
February 12, 2012 7:47:12 PM

the advantage is you get a free updrade to a quad core if it works ok

the disadvantage is not all of them will unlock successfully and be stable
a b à CPUs
February 12, 2012 7:59:44 PM

The advantage would be an added core.


Disadvantages are that it may not have a stable and functioning 4th core. If you do have a stable 4th core it will raise temperatures and power consumption. If you are using the stock heat sink it may be inadequate for a quad core. Unlocking mine raised load temperatures by about 10C which pushed it close to the recommended max. Of course a aftermarket cooler solves this issue.