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Bought all my parts!
11-28-2010, 12:13 AM,
#11
RE: Bought all my parts!
Are you going to try and unlock the 4th core on your processor?
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11-28-2010, 04:38 AM,
#12
RE: Bought all my parts!
I wasn't planning on it Lew. I mostly play World of Warcraft and I don't think the 4th core would make much difference in performance. Is it complicated? Would it be worthwhile?
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11-28-2010, 05:19 AM,
#13
RE: Bought all my parts!
It's not complicated at all, you change a BIOS setting and then poof, you have the fourth core. Though it may be defective, to find out for sure run Prime95 overnight. If you get a BSOD while in Windows it's also pretty much guaranteed to be defective.
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11-28-2010, 11:01 AM,
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RE: Bought all my parts!
(11-28-2010, 05:19 AM)Andrew J Wrote: It's not complicated at all, you change a BIOS setting and then poof, you have the fourth core. Though it may be defective, to find out for sure run Prime95 overnight. If you get a BSOD while in Windows it's also pretty much guaranteed to be defective.

The success rate is reportedly over 50% though, and sometimes the fourth core may be kind of defective, but not completely defective, so it may run but not as well as a fully non-defective core.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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11-28-2010, 11:04 AM,
#15
RE: Bought all my parts!
If it wasn't completely stable I wouldn't use it personally. Anyways I too have ordered a Phenom II X3 740 and will report if I'm able to successfully unlock the fourth core.
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11-28-2010, 11:05 AM,
#16
RE: Bought all my parts!
Still a good CPU nonetheless, even if you can't unlock the 4th core. My friend got a Phenom II X2 and managed to unlock to 4 cores.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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11-28-2010, 11:14 AM,
#17
RE: Bought all my parts!
Definitely, I plan on overclocking it to 3.6GHz-4GHz if I can't unlock it.
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11-28-2010, 01:07 PM,
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RE: Bought all my parts!
(11-28-2010, 11:05 AM)Brian Wrote: Still a good CPU nonetheless, even if you can't unlock the 4th core. My friend got a Phenom II X2 and managed to unlock to 4 cores.

Yup, using a Phenom II X2 555 in my workstation, unlocked two extra cores, overclocked to 3.6GHz for 24/7 use, with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. Perfectly stable, not complaining considering I paid $100 for it back in March.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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11-28-2010, 06:06 PM,
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RE: Bought all my parts!
(11-28-2010, 01:07 PM)MathieuB Wrote:
(11-28-2010, 11:05 AM)Brian Wrote: Still a good CPU nonetheless, even if you can't unlock the 4th core. My friend got a Phenom II X2 and managed to unlock to 4 cores.

Yup, using a Phenom II X2 555 in my workstation, unlocked two extra cores, overclocked to 3.6GHz for 24/7 use, with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. Perfectly stable, not complaining considering I paid $100 for it back in March.

Wonder what you can get with a Noctua NH-D14. Whisper quiet and best cooler on the market.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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11-28-2010, 07:40 PM,
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RE: Bought all my parts!
(11-28-2010, 06:06 PM)Brian Wrote:
(11-28-2010, 01:07 PM)MathieuB Wrote:
(11-28-2010, 11:05 AM)Brian Wrote: Still a good CPU nonetheless, even if you can't unlock the 4th core. My friend got a Phenom II X2 and managed to unlock to 4 cores.

Yup, using a Phenom II X2 555 in my workstation, unlocked two extra cores, overclocked to 3.6GHz for 24/7 use, with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. Perfectly stable, not complaining considering I paid $100 for it back in March.

Wonder what you can get with a Noctua NH-D14. Whisper quiet and best cooler on the market.

Well, I could add a second fan to lower temperatures. I didn't really try to push further than 3.6Ghz either, was happy with that. I know 3.7-3.8 wouldn't be hard, 4.0Ghz is doable too.

If I really wanted to push things, I'd probably get a Scythe FleX with two 120mm fans in push/pull. Sure, it's no Noctua, but it's also half the price.

As for noise, PVM keeps the fan very quiet in my setup. Got a fan controller for the case fans too, it sure helps.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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