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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
A 95W Athlon X2 would probably not nearly be as dangerous as a 65W Athlon II x2.... more cores can actually be a bit worse for power consumption even at the same TDP. For the latter 65W CPU as long as you use the stock cooler there's really no need for any more extra VRM cooling also.
I'm confused. They are both dual core. If I wasn't planning on unlocking it, just overclocking it, wouldn't that make it safer? edit: also, as long as I use the... stock... cooler? Is that a typo or a joke? The AMD stock coolers, especially the athlon's are notorious for being terrible.

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Originally Posted by B NEGATIVE View Post
Why not change the mobo? or is it a done deal?
Well because this is just a mobo I had lying around, and I don't have any extra spending money at the moment. I probably won't for another month or two, and by that time I will be buying a new chip for my sig rig when BD comes out.

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Originally Posted by nicksasa View Post
Phenom I based Athlons like the 7750/7850's don't unlock.
I have one in my server.
Okay thanks for that tip. That is good to know.

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Originally Posted by smorg View Post
I wouldent reccomend unlocking 3 core amd's.. they can be a low quality chip that has had an unstable core or even a core failure. the only time you can make sure you get a good chip is if you buy one directly from the manufaturer during a time of increased sales when there isnt enough suitible failed chips and genuine 4 core chips have had to been used.

I would recommend any of the low end phenoms..
I have a x3 in my main comp right now. It doesn't unlock unfortunately. But it isn't a situation where it unlocks, and then becomes unstable. It just won't unlock. So I don't have any experience with the chip failing after unlocking. Besides, I am planning on getting a 2 core.
Edited by keesh - 5/19/11 at 11:24am
    
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