Originally Posted by WuLF
Also, since I'm not familiar with AMD's lineup as much as Intel's. Could someone please inform me of what this Core Unlocking is about?
What I'm understanding from you bros is that it is possible to unlock 2 additional cores on this baby? (the 955be) AND overclock all of them?
Yeah. AMD makes four different cores -- Thuban, Deneb, Rana, and Regor. To save money, they take bad chips and disable the bad parts (ie two defective cores) and sell them as cheaper, lower-end CPUs. Thuban is native 6-core with L3 cache (Phenom II X6), Deneb is native quad-core with L3 cache (Phenom II X4), Regor is native dual core with no L3 cache (Athlon II X2). Certain Phenom II X4s (950T, 960T) are Thubans with two cores disabled. Certain Athlon II X4s (a certain 640 with a different model number that's very, very rare) are Thubans with two cores and L3 cache disabled. Half of the Athlon II X3s and all the X4s except that peculiar model number are Denebs with one or no cores disabled, respectively, and L3 cache disabled. Phenom II X2s and X3s are Denebs with two or one core disabled, respectively. Some Athlon II X3s are a native tri-core design with no L3 (Rana), and all Athlon II X2s are native dual-core with no L3 cache (Regor). Semprons are Athlon II X2s with one core disabled. Since usually the demand for these chips outweighs the bad chips GloFo makes, most of the time you will get a fully unlockable chip that was locked down to meet demand. If you unlock an X2 555 to an X4, you get an X4 B55 (essentially a 955), which if the cores are stable is fully functional as a 955. Be aware though that X2s are commonly lower binned therefore many of them won't get past 4 GHz when unlocked.
... that was probably TMI...