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News Asus refines AMD core unlocking

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 21 Oct 2009.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    Truly, truly, awesome! Whoever gets all 4 cores up and running, stable, please tell us which CPU you have!!
     
  3. Gremlin

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    ****! That is awesome!

    As a Phenom II X2 550 owner I only wish I had of bought an ASUS mobo instead of going for a Gigabyte 790X-UD4P and its core unlocking since my chip refuses to run as a quad no matter what I do (increase voltage, decrease clock speed/HT speed etc)

    I can only hope Gigabyte and other manufacturers do something similar!
     
  4. simonw

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    Nice idea by Asus.
     
  5. Jack_Pepsi

    Jack_Pepsi Clan BeeR Founder

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    Bloody brilliant!

    \m/
     
  6. -VK-

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    *beams*
     
  7. Hustler

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    "Asus' advantage is that if you have just one bad core, you can specify the BIOS to unlock a single, specific core to give you a free triple core that's far more likely to be stable and overclockable. Plus, it's a completely free update: what's not to like!"


    But ive been doing that on my budget Gigabyte 720-US3 for the last 3mths.......its pretty easy.

    Whats the big deal.?
     
  8. [USRF]Obiwan

    [USRF]Obiwan New Member

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    will it blend?
     
  9. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    That might open the door to a new AMD system for me.
    Well done, ASUS, for inviting me to the dark side... or the light side, depending on who you speak to.
     
  10. Gremlin

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    How have you been managing to do that?
     
  11. Hustler

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    Easy, just reset Cmos, go into ACC/NCC, set to 'Per Core', turn on which cores you want with +2%, leave the 'bad' core turned off..IE..

    Core 0 +2%
    Core 1 +2%
    Core 2 +2%
    Core 3 0

    Or

    Core 0 +2%
    Core 1 +2%
    Core 2 0
    Core 3 +2%

    Reboot.......there, you now have just turned your 550 into a Phenom II 720x3 BE

    More often than not, its Core 3 that needs to be left off.

    Works for me just fine....
     
  12. yuusou

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    Have you tried enabling Core 2 and Core 3?
     
  13. Tulatin

    Tulatin The Froggy Poster

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    Pretty neat idea of theirs, but it overlooks one thing - why bother trying to unlock a "free" core, if the board for it will cost more than the difference in price of a cheaper board, and a real triple/quad core?

    Also, I can see this being used by a few shady PC shops to make magic three core rigs.
     
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    I like magic cores
     
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    ITS (no apostrophe)
    Also, do you really need the "no less than"?


    This is a bit misleading as, as far as I'm aware, the new AM3 Sempron(s) is/are based on the Athlon II Regor die, which is native dual core.


    I'm just nitpicking now but that would sound better as:

    All AMD motherboards that include ACC (Advanced Clock Calibration) on the SB710 or SB750 southbridge are supported
     
  16. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    here in nz you're paying a difference of $30 for the unlocking board vs a similar non capable board, vs a difference of $140 for the quad core phenom II instead of the dual core. worth it if it works... even a price difference of $60 for a tricore!
    eg:

    Phenom II X2 545, 3.0GHz, Socket AM3, 32/64-Bit, Retail pack with fan $165.77
    Phenom II X3 720, 2.8GHz, Socket AM3, 32/64-Bit, Retail pack with fan $228.38 (on special)
    Phenom II X4 945, 3.0GHz, Socket AM3, 32/64-Bit, Retail pack with fan $305.61

    Sapphire PE-AM2RS740G Motherboard $131.00
    Asus M4A785-M Motherboard $160.68
     
  17. l3v1ck

    l3v1ck Fueling the world, one oil well at a time.

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    This sort of thing takes me back to the early issues of CPC when they used to unlock extra shaders on graphics cards.
     
  18. frontline

    frontline Punish Your Machine

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    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!. Oh, i bought a quad core. Still, great news! :)
     
  19. Gremlin

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    Doesnt work for me at all sadly
     
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    I'm sorry to be the one that brings bad news to you article readers but what Richard is saying in this article might not be true. I did my homework and looked for the bios on the ASUS web site and there are 4 BIOS listed there but not the specific BIOS that Richard says has the unleashing mode. I even called tech support and they told me that they couldn't confirm that what Richard is saying in this article is true. Now I only did this for my specific motherboard which is an ASUS M4A785-M. So readers please check up on your motherboard and tell us if you are experiencing this problem as well. I really got discuraged when I saw that there was no BIOS 0308 for my motherboard which means I won't be able to unlock the third core on my cpu if it doesn't boot as a quad core.
     
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