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February 26, 2010 12:05:52 AM

OK I built a phenom II X2 system and as many of you who read my threads know I successfully unlocked the locked cores on it...I know that a number of people here on toms also had the same success I did...
For those who don't know about my system I'll post it later...
But I just want all the people who had success/no success in unlocking any phenom II X2 or X3 to post their results on this thread...or you could just PM me...I'm gonna do a phenom II unlocking guide and I want to collect some statistics to see approximately how high of a chance it is to build a computer with an X2 or X3 and successfully unlock.
Thanks...

PS: If it's not hard I would like to also know what motherboard and bios version you guys used to unlock. For those who didn't have success in unlocking cores this guide I'm working on might help in unlocking it if they did something wrong...
Thanks again... :) 

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February 26, 2010 12:22:26 AM

OK quess I'll start things off for you - Phenom II X3 720 with a Gigabyte GA-MA790GPT-UD3H using the Award BIOS version F3 dated 09\16\2009 - Purchased both MOBO and CPU from Newegg first week of Dec. 2009 - successfully Unlocked and running 24\7 @ 3.2GHZ. with no problems @ 1.312V

Screenshot with some Benches and Temps. (Using a Cooler Master TX3 Cooler) :

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February 26, 2010 12:28:46 AM

Thanks! now I hope I get more people to post soon...
I'll also post my configuration later for those who might be interested...
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February 26, 2010 12:13:17 PM

I gave it a go and couldnt load up the OS but the bios confirmed i had 4 cores really annoyed by it but hey it not a huge issue
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February 26, 2010 12:30:27 PM

RobRocks said:
I gave it a go and couldnt load up the OS but the bios confirmed i had 4 cores really annoyed by it but hey it not a huge issue

Did you try giving it just a touch more Voltage ? - some of the disabled cores just need a little more Voltage to get them to work properly.
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February 26, 2010 2:25:58 PM

yeah i tried everything the OS just refused to load tis a shame
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February 26, 2010 2:45:23 PM

x2 550BE purchased from Newegg on July-26-2009

Crosshair III Formula purchased from Newegg on January-4-2010 (Bios Version AMI 10-29-09)

Unlocked / Overclocked & running at 3.8Ghz (daily) @ 1.4v / Max OC 4.1Ghz (bench only) @ 1.485v

Using a Titan Fenir w/ MX-2 :

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February 26, 2010 4:30:05 PM

All f***ing thieves. This is why AMD has got no money to develop better technology to compete with Intel.
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February 26, 2010 4:51:28 PM

andy5174 said:
All f***ing thieves. This is why AMD has got no money to develop better technology to compete with Intel.


And why would you care - at least we all gave them some profit to work with instead of giving more profit to their competittor !! - besides buying these CPUs with a chance of getting them to unlock allows them to sell the chips which have production errors causing them to not perform to the higher specs of a quad which returns more of a profit to them - just because there is high demand for these chips and they decide to disable perfectly good cores to fill that demand at a lower profit margin is their decision - IF they truly wanted them to be unlockable and curb demand for the Chips they would just let them be out of stock if there were not enough defective chips to fill the demand instead of using good chips.

Besides this is simply another option of OCing to get the best performance for your investment same as buying an i5 750 and OCing it to improve performance instead of buying an i7 or i9 - which I suppose you would also call f***ing thievery !!
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February 26, 2010 5:04:26 PM

JDFan said:
And why would you care - at least we all gave them some profit to work with instead of giving more profit to their competittor !! - besides buying these CPUs with a chance of getting them to unlock allows them to sell the chips which have production errors causing them to not perform to the higher specs of a quad which returns more of a profit to them - just because there is high demand for these chips and they decide to disable perfectly good cores to fill that demand at a lower profit margin is their decision - IF they truly wanted them to be unlockable and curb demand for the Chips they would just let them be out of stock if there were not enough defective chips to fill the demand instead of using good chips.

Besides this is simply another option of OCing to get the best performance for your investment same as buying an i5 750 and OCing it to improve performance instead of buying an i7 or i9 - which I suppose you would also call f***ing thievery !!

Overclocking can be done on i7 and i9 as well and it is officially supported by any MB, so it is not a thievery.

Anyway, I didn't really mean it and so don't take it seriously. :) 
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February 26, 2010 5:12:12 PM

andy5174 said:
Overclocking can be done on i7 and i9 as well and it is officially supported by any MB, so it is not a thievery.

Anyway, I didn't really mean it and so don't take it seriously. :) 


While it may be doable on any MOBO and platform - it voids your warranty and is not officially supported by Intel - and I'm pretty sure they would call it thievery if it means you spend less money giving them less profit than you otherwise would have. :kaola:  - and not taking it seriously just bored and wanting to argue a bit to pass the time !! (so no problem)
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February 26, 2010 9:28:38 PM

Lol why does andy even care? If you are such an intel fanboy, whats the point of posting on an amd type thread. Also, are you angry cause you didn't get the best bang for your buck?
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February 27, 2010 2:55:00 AM

I've actually bought 7 of these (x2 550BE) and not had one that wouldn't unlock. I did have one that unlocked to a quad, then I updated the BIOS and it refused to unlock core 2 (the third core) and even reverting back to the old BIOS wouldn't get the 4th unlocked. Oh well...still a nice x3. All of them have been stable at default voltage and I've got all but one of the 6 unlocked up to 3.6GHz on the factory cooler (one wouldn't go above the default 3.1GHz...and the unlocked x3 got to 3.4). All stable in Prime95 for 8 hours and all rock solid. I had one extra that's even on eBay right now, though trying to sell it with Vista (the only OS license I had left) is pointless. heh-heh.

Anyways...6 of 7 unlocked to quad and one to an x3. Usually 785G (w/ sb710) boards, but one with a 770 AM3. LOVE these processors. Oh, and all but one of those didn't even need a BIOS update (the Biostar 785G I built did). Great odds, I'd say.
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February 27, 2010 3:06:17 AM

Andy was just trying to stir a conversation...I really don't care...
But I do disagree...If I bought the chip as an X2 and did something to it to make it preform better, It's not stealing it's being smart. They priced the X2 at $100 and I paid for the product, then I can do whatever I want with it. I overclocked and unlocked the cores...I voided my warranty and there's no point in arguing...If you overclocked your intel processor like your i5 you also voided your warranty...
These CPUs are made to overclock because that's what building a computer is all about these days...but both companys officially don't support overclocking because they don't do it for you...you do it yourself, and if you screw up and fry or break your cpu it's your fault and your problem they don't wanna deal with you...

Anyway, thank you guys for posting your configurations...hopefully I'll get a few more posts to get all the information I need...;)
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February 27, 2010 3:13:44 AM

@dkapke,
Thanks for your post...looks like you got a whole bunch of lucky chips...
I unlocked mine on a gigabyte GA MA 77OT UD3P mobo - SB710 and on an MSI 790FX GD70 - SB750...both had to have bios updates but both worked very well...
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February 27, 2010 3:31:35 AM

aznshinobi said:
Lol why does andy even care? If you are such an intel fanboy, whats the point of posting on an amd type thread. Also, are you angry cause you didn't get the best bang for your buck?


He didn't do anything wrong, he is entitled to his own opinion like everyone else ;) 

Fanboy or not, andy is pretty strait forward, I would be pist too if I had spent over 2 hundred on a CPU to later find out that people are paying 99.99$ / 130.00$ for a fully functional quad.
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February 27, 2010 3:35:47 AM

^ totally agree...
I was going to go with a real phenom II X4 before I found about unlocking...
I'm just glad I found out before I made the purchase...
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February 27, 2010 3:54:34 AM

videl said:
@dkapke,
Thanks for your post...looks like you got a whole bunch of lucky chips...
I unlocked mine on a gigabyte GA MA 77OT UD3P mobo - SB710 and on an MSI 790FX GD70 - SB750...both had to have bios updates but both worked very well...


My HTPC is a Gigabyte 790X board (UD4P) with an unlocked 550, and my son's gaming PC is a Gigabyte 785GM-US2H with an unlocked 550. I've definitely had the easiest time/luck with Gigabyte boards. My daughter's PC (which also serves as my backup as I work from home and need my PC 100% available) is an ASRock AM3 board that just refuses, no matter what I do, to unlock a known unlockable 550. I finally got frustrated and spent the $70 more for a real 965BE. That's the only board I could never get to work. But yeah...what are the odds of having that many unlock so easy? I've got a buddy that's bought three of them and can't get any of them to unlocked with the same boards I've got that worked. Needless to say...he hates me. LOL. I did sell him one for his Gigabyte board that did unlock just to make him happy.
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February 27, 2010 4:10:44 AM

I have a 720 BE I bought just over a month ago, unlocked to a 4 core easily. Still stock setting sadly. Using a ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard, with most recent bios.
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February 27, 2010 4:23:39 AM

Truhls said:
I have a 720 BE I bought just over a month ago, unlocked to a 4 core easily. Still stock setting sadly. Using a ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard, with most recent bios.


cooler?

they are dirt cheap now at days ;) 
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February 27, 2010 4:51:00 AM

OvrClkr said:
cooler?

they are dirt cheap now at days ;) 


I havent gotten one yet. Getting a GPU first, still using my 8600 GTS. i WAS going to get the hyper 212+ at first but i really dislike how it looks lol. So i then decided on a Tuniq tower extreme 120 i think it was, then for 10 bucks more thought i MAY go with the corsair h50 stand alone water cooler, just to give it a try. I know it only equals high performance air cooling, but it seems nice.
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February 27, 2010 4:51:25 AM

I got a 720BE unlocked via MSI 790FX-GD70 with BIOS 1.6 via the EC Firmware in the Cell Menu.
I have update my BIOS to 1.9 and still able to unlock via "Unlock Cores" so it goes to prove that AMD does not prohibit its partners to incorporate unlocking of cores and even more so encourages probably to boost AMD processors selling points.
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February 27, 2010 5:34:31 AM

Unlocked two this week

Both:

MA770T-UD3P mobo
Phenom II X2 550 BE (0950GPMW on processor - batch 950? )
Bios F5

Both simple unlocks and both rock solid on the Prime.
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February 27, 2010 7:57:15 AM

aznshinobi said:
Lol why does andy even care? If you are such an intel fanboy, whats the point of posting on an amd type thread. Also, are you angry cause you didn't get the best bang for your buck?

It was a joke and I was not serious.

In addition, I didn't even say anything bad about AMD, didn't I? In fact, I think AMD is so kind that they choose to let you hack out the locked cores.

(However, I would still go with the quad even my MB is an AM3 as those unlocked cores could be bad ones and latest BIOSs might not support them.)

BTW, what made you so angry and care about so much as if I killed your dad?

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February 27, 2010 8:56:23 AM

@aznshinobi:

You can go and stay in the AMD zone if you really hate Intel owners. We Intel owners will never go there as we don't trust any information come from there.
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February 27, 2010 9:11:18 AM

andy5174 said:


(However, I would still go with the quad even my MB is an AM3 as those unlocked cores could be bad ones and latest BIOSs might not support them.)

This saying about "unlocked cores could be bad ones" may be applicable in the times of old. But nowadays, people unlocks and overclocks these gems of processors to the same level as the unlocked versions. If it's a bad core, it wont unlock. If it's a bad core, it wont overclock and survive stresstest that they are subjected to, period.
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February 27, 2010 9:11:40 AM

I dont understand the hate for either company honestly. But every penny to me matters, so im just not willing to pay for a name, rather then performance, so i went AMD.
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February 27, 2010 9:20:38 AM

I don't hate AMD, bro.

Actually, I really want them to come up with processors that can compete with i7 and Gulftown and so we will get bargains.

What I hate is AMD fanboys who always give craps.
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February 27, 2010 9:22:46 AM

randomkid said:
This saying about "unlocked cores could be bad ones" may be applicable in the times of old. But nowadays, people unlocks and overclocks these gems of processors to the same level as the unlocked versions. If it's a bad core, it wont unlock. If it's a bad core, it wont overclock and survive stresstest that they are subjected to, period.

How do you know peoples with unlocked CPUs did sufficient stress test? A lot of peoples here consider passing 1 hours IBT or p95 as stable which is a joke TO ME.
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February 27, 2010 9:23:51 AM

andy5174 said:
I don't hate AMD, bro.

Actually, I really want them to come up with processors that can compete with i7 and Gulftown and so we will get bargains.

What I hate is AMD fanboys who always give craps.


Yeah i can understand. Its like me with god, i dont hate god, he is fine. It is his fan club that needs to be put down.

I, myself have a sweet spot for nvidia cards because of EVGA and EVGA alone. Sadly i will be getting an ATI card though :p 
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February 27, 2010 9:33:49 AM

andy5174 said:
How do you know peoples with unlocked CPUs did sufficient stress test? A lot of peoples here consider passing 1 hours IBT or p95 as stable which is a joke TO ME.

I don't. How do you know they didn't?
But in any case, people who post their overclocks show it either by 1 hour stress test, a full day or anything in between. If they are happy with it then why stop them? I myself would not do anything more than 3 hours. In fact I am happy with 1 hour cause in my normal gaming use, I do not put 100% load on my PC for more than 30 minutes. If you can only accept an unlocked core is good by subjecting it to at least 24 hours stress test on prime95, I still believe it can be done. But I won't do it because it will be a waste of my time and electricity.
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February 27, 2010 9:37:43 AM

Truhls said:

I, myself have a sweet spot for nvidia cards because of EVGA and EVGA alone. Sadly i will be getting an ATI card though :p 

Now, that is what I call WISDOM... :D 
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February 27, 2010 9:43:59 AM

randomkid said:
I don't. How do you know they didn't?
But in any case, people who post their overclocks show it either by 1 hour stress test, a full day or anything in between. If they are happy with it then why stop them? I myself would not do anything more than 3 hours. In fact I am happy with 1 hour cause in my normal gaming use, I do not put 100% load on my PC for more than 30 minutes. If you can only accept an unlocked core is good by subjecting it to at least 24 hours stress test on prime95, I still believe it can be done. But I won't do it because it will be a waste of my time and electricity.

That means you are unsure about if their PC is 100% stable or not and so don't say that all unlocked CPUs are good. You have no proof at all!

You should use "might, could ...etc" like me in cases that are uncertain.

BTW, I said unlocked cores could be bad instead of they are bad!
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February 27, 2010 10:15:02 AM

I get what you mean and yes, it is my bad to generalize. And I respect your opinion to get a full Quad anyway.
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February 27, 2010 12:42:46 PM

andy5174 said:
That means you are unsure about if their PC is 100% stable or not and so don't say that all unlocked CPUs are good. You have no proof at all!

You should use "might, could ...etc" like me in cases that are uncertain.

BTW, I said unlocked cores could be bad instead of they are bad!


THing is this also holds true for any processor at any speed - even if you buy a true quad core you could get one that has a partially bad core at any time - It's not like AMD or Intel are running every chip through endless hours of testing - besides the fact that every MOBO and Every PSU is going to give a slightly different amount of power to the CPU which could in itself cause some instability - best you can do is run the tests and find out for yourself if it passes them which still will never ensure 100% that it will always be stable - I mean sure the manufacturer does some testing on a sample of chips to get the mean settings that the line of chips can support allowing some headroom to ensure the majority of the chips will be stable but that doesn't ensure that every chip off the line will perform 100% so it is always the luck of the draw whether it will remain stable so buying a dual or triple core and assuming that same risk by unlocking it is the same as risking running your quad core at a slight increase in speed which is why we all take those risks anyway because we enjoy doing it - and we all know the risks we assume in doing it - besides if you are doing mission critical work then you wouldn't be doing it on an Oc'd or unlocked system to begin with !!!!
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March 1, 2010 4:17:54 AM

I know for a fact that my cores are all good unlocked half a year already running at 3.8Ghz stress test for 4 hour (sufficient for me) and it all still works...
Normally bad cores either don't unlock, require a ton of voltage, don't overclock, and/or don't pass more than a few minutes of prime95/stress testing.
Plus if you unlock from an X2 and only one core is bed you can lock it and have an x3 which is still a gain...one core...

And andy5174, amd is making a cpu to compete with the i7...next year 2011 they are releasing the bulldozer which should come in 4, 6, and 8 core versions all made with a 32nm process... originally was supposed to be released this year 2010 as a 45nm but amd decided to make a 6 core phenom and go with the bulldozer being 32nm....which personally I think is good...
Anyway thanks to all who posted theirs successes/non successes and configurations...
Keep posting I want to get an accurate statistic/success percentage ...;)
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March 1, 2010 11:27:04 PM

@ Videl,
Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H AM2+ socket mATX (purchased as a bundle w/550BE-lucky me)
Crucial 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz (2x1024)
WD Caviar TSD-500AAJS DH
Cooler Master Elite 341 mini-mid tower (excellent airflow)
CM elite series 460W psu (has 2 separate sata x 2 conns, let me put things where I wanted to)
Giga Radeon HD 4650 1mb gpu
Westinghouse LCM-22W2 monitor (if you run into one of these or a 22W3, get it-cheap and amazing-have had it for 3 years)
I think I did alright assembling a system mainly used for flight sims.
Going to spend time tonight and start from scratch with small incremental changes and a detailed log.
Downloaded CPU-Z (essentially the same as my easytune6 from GB) and Prime95.
Info on other testing programs that I should download?
Then all I have to do is figure out how to post results. (I'm older and new to alot of this)
Thanks again for your post.
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March 2, 2010 3:36:15 AM

^Thanks...
You should get 3DMark06 and Vantage and test your system...
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March 2, 2010 4:07:37 AM

I'm downloading 06, but Vantage lists OS support for Vista only. I have XP 32bit. Does that matter?
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March 2, 2010 4:09:38 AM

Yeah...Vantage only works on Vista and Windows 7...so if XP is all you got installed don't bother to download it...
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March 2, 2010 6:10:36 AM

That's what figured. 8hr.15min. to download 06 thru my 3G aircard. Only way to get on the net when I'm hiding in the woods.
Guess I'll have to wait til morning to do prelim. stock tests.
Temps have held good (low mid 40s) on moderate multiplier changes. Haven't messed w/voltage yet.
Gonna move my fan controller sensors around so I can get 6 separate readings while testing.
Did get mark03 loaded and run-14587 w/1865 cpu @16.0x (3.21GHz) as a Phenom x2 550 BE
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March 2, 2010 7:35:41 AM

Quote:
Note: Above was as a PhenomII x2 550 BE (don't hit submit til your done)

Yeah, I was looking for the processor in your first post.
Another thing you can do is edit your first post to add the processor so all the information is in one post...
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March 3, 2010 6:26:11 AM

Hey jockey,
Is it done downloading yet?
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March 4, 2010 2:15:51 AM

andy5174 said:
That means you are unsure about if their PC is 100% stable or not and so don't say that all unlocked CPUs are good. You have no proof at all!

You should use "might, could ...etc" like me in cases that are uncertain.

BTW, I said unlocked cores could be bad instead of they are bad!


I usually only stress test my builds (unlocks and overclocks) for 1 hour under Prime95. My primary concern is temperature and memory. After I've run 3dMark06 and Vantage, PC Mark Vantage, MemCheck, Windows Experience Index (yes, I've had that lock up quite a few times with bad memory)...well, an hour under P95 is more than enough to tell me that the system is stable for 99.99% of the users I sell my PC to...if it's passed everything prior to that. Hell, just booting into Windows 7 is a GREAT test of your memory subsystem because I can't tell you how many times during either the install of Vista/7 or the boot that the system will lock up if I don't have the memory voltage/timings exactly right. That said, the very LAST test I usually do is P95 if everything else has passed. Most of the time, I run it for 1 hour and I'm good. If there's something I'm seeing in the temps (it keeps slightly increasing as it gets to bigger sets) then I'll let it run overnight. I can tell you, though, in EVERY case, on EVERY PC I've built in the past 3 or 4 years (and there's been hundreds) - if it runs for 1 hour, it will run for 8. I've yet to have any PC fail running it longer. Maybe I'm just lucky, but...I honestly don't believe anything more than 30-60 minutes is warranted.
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March 5, 2010 11:35:51 AM

videl said:
Hey jockey,
Is it done downloading yet?

Yeah, got it. Then I decided to utilize xpress recovery 2, GB's system back-up, and realised I hadn't partitioned my hard drive for it. Took the time to re-format and set everything back up. Now I will truly be starting from square one with my testing. Might take me awhile though. Got some other projects (INCOME) that need my attention.
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March 7, 2010 2:21:39 AM

videl said:
Hey jockey,
Is it done downloading yet?

Did 2 mark06 runs tonight. 1st as a 550 be stock config. 2nd as a b50 "stock config"
Scores is this order- 3d, sm2.0, sm3.0, cpu score, cpu speed., mem.
550 BE- 4587, 1557, 1929, 2620, 3114, 1792
x4 B50- 4776, 1537, 1922, 4679, 3114, 1792
When I figure out how to post my data and specs to Toms, I will have more detailed and confirmed results for you. ( Help with this matter would be appreciated) I can post everything into a spreadsheet, but this isn't like e-mail where you can just do a file attachment. (I thought these damn things were supposed to make life easier!)
Will log incremental changes in voltages for both cpu modes (x2, x4).
Thought of including temps., realized that is a non-issue as my system is set up to run cooler as it wants to run hotter. My NB is the hottest part of my system at 44c,
and I plan to add a side fan to keep it in the 30's.
I also plan to OC my GPU to show that lower end boards (Giga GV-R4650C-1GI) can put out impressive results for the budget builds. Also the OB HD 4200 chip.
Gigabyte has utility software to play with both of these safely, outside of the bios settings. (Like I'll stay out of them)
Anything else I could log or do to help your study, let me know. I'm already toying with the thought of building another system w/Phenom720 BE and a 790 chipset board. The Phenom x4's are too high priced. I paid $89.99 at Tiger for my 550! Mobo & CPU were $159.99. That's what the x4's start at!
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March 7, 2010 2:37:18 AM

jockey said:
Did 2 mark06 runs tonight. 1st as a 550 be stock config. 2nd as a b50 "stock config"
Scores is this order- 3d, sm2.0, sm3.0, cpu score, cpu speed., mem.
550 BE- 4587, 1557, 1929, 2620, 3114, 1792
x4 B50- 4776, 1537, 1922, 4679, 3114, 1792
When I figure out how to post my data and specs to Toms, I will have more detailed and confirmed results for you. ( Help with this matter would be appreciated) I can post everything into a spreadsheet, but this isn't like e-mail where you can just do a file attachment. (I thought these damn things were supposed to make life easier!)
Will log incremental changes in voltages for both cpu modes (x2, x4).
Thought of including temps., realized that is a non-issue as my system is set up to run cooler as it wants to run hotter. My NB is the hottest part of my system at 44c,
and I plan to add a side fan to keep it in the 30's.
I also plan to OC my GPU to show that lower end boards (Giga GV-R4650C-1GI) can put out impressive results for the budget builds. Also the OB HD 4200 chip.
Gigabyte has utility software to play with both of these safely, outside of the bios settings. (Like I'll stay out of them)
Anything else I could log or do to help your study, let me know. I'm already toying with the thought of building another system w/Phenom720 BE and a 790 chipset board. The Phenom x4's are too high priced. I paid $89.99 at Tiger for my 550! Mobo & CPU were $159.99. That's what the x4's start at!


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Dont worry about your NB, it will be fine as long as it stays under 70c @ LOAD ;) 

Don't use any overclocking software, it sucks. Always use the Bios, play with the settings till you find your "sweet spot".

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I just unlocked the fourth core on a athlon II 435, now CPU_Z is showin it as a Phenom II X4 B35, if that counts. I got a Giga GA-770TA-UD3, but I'm not sure how to check the bios version without rebooting. Currently its OCed to 3.1. Now I just need to figure out how to speed up the memory. Did I read somewhere that unlocking cores messes up your PCU temp readings? is it possible to unlock the third cache?
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cjsdaddy said:
I just unlocked the fourth core on a athlon II 435, now CPU_Z is showin it as a Phenom II X4 B35, if that counts. I got a Giga GA-770TA-UD3, but I'm not sure how to check the bios version without rebooting. Currently its OCed to 3.1. Now I just need to figure out how to speed up the memory. Did I read somewhere that unlocking cores messes up your PCU temp readings? is it possible to unlock the third cache?


you read correct ! - the individual core temps will no longer give anything but a 0C reading at all times - but easy tune 6 and everest ultimate and a few other programs will still give the correct CPU temp (just not the individual cores)

As far as unlocking the L3 cache depends on the CPU - most of the Athlon II's are now made from the Athlon Quad chips which do not have any L3 cache so it is not on the chip to be unlocked but there were some made from phenom chips that did have the L3 so those can sometimes be unlocked but those were mainly the first batch of chips so it is rare now.
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