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AOD Core control?

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Hi All!
I have AOD, (AMD Overdrive), and it works pretty good considering I have no real choices because of that locked mobo. But for those of you who are in the know about the AOD user control panel, there is a green dot in the top right corner.

When you click on that dot, a red circle appears around the green dot. That means that all 4 of my cores, (in my case anyway), are now locked full open. Otherwise, each core responds to whatever work load it needs and I THINK, (I don't know this for sure), that this will allow the processor to place its energy where it needs it when it needs it.

What I want to know is, if I would get better use of my 4 core processor if I left the green dot un-circled? Would this also mean that my temps would possibly go down if only 1 or 2 cores are running full and the other 2 are not getting hit as hard?
Anyone know?

There is very little about this point in the AMD instructions as usual.
Thanks!
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I have a suggestion, a bit offtopic, but you may not find it very easy to grasp. I used AOD, but I find it quite limiting when compared to K10Stats. This soft is free and with it you can really control everything there is to control about your AMD CPU: clock speed, if it ramps up/down speed at per core basis or all cores at the same time, cores voltage, NB voltage, ramp speed (nanoseconds) and at which load it actually ramps up (per core individually, max, min or average), etc. It doesn't mater if your board is locked or not.

More on topic I found that it is more interesting from the power consumption and temps standpoint to leave each core have its own speed depending on the load. That said, there is no decrease in perceived performance on my Ph II 940 @3.2 if the cores have individual clocks or not, all apps/games feel the same.
However benches like 3DMark11 show very slightly lower scores when the cores have individual clocks - it's worth considering if you may want to sacrifice a bit of speed for power/temps.
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Thank you very much Dragosmp! That information was invaluable, all of it! I tried to find software that would let me control my 965BE in far more detail and was astonished that I couldn't find anything in my searches that would work with this locked up Bios.

Because my board is locked, AOD does not allow me the use of many features that you mentioned the other software has. Though I still am learning and have many things about O/C'ing that I need to understand, I do have a pretty good basic understanding of what you mentioned that K10stats can do.

It's for that reason that I'm excited and anxious to find this software at my next available chance.

Everything I read, (many sites and many, many hours of reading), told me the best way to O/C the CPU was through the BIOS. This K10stats sounds like the ticket and I'm sure I will have to uninstall AOD before I can install K10stats, do you think?

I mean, I can tell AOD to go back to my default settings but I think that the CPU will still be under AOD's control. I imagine that this would conflict with K10stats.

I also use AMD Fusion to control my background programs, (I use the "Best Performance Online" preset). And I control the GPU with MSI Afterburner. But I think those two programs will probably be ok to run with K10stats, (I'm only guessing and please correct me if I'm wrong).
Thanks again, I'll go and find that program tonight.
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