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So I've been reading guide after guide about how to unlock my last core on my Athlon II x3 450 processor. They all pretty much say the same thing. I tried it. The whole, turn the ACC to auto and let it do the rest. I also turned on Core Unlocking on both my motherboard and in the bios (I have a Asus M4A87TD EVO MB).

Here's my problem. It doesn't unlock any extra cores, but it changes my processor from an Athlon II x3 450 to a Phenom II x4....with only 3 cores! What's going on? CPU-Z and a dxdiag says the same. Windows says I have a Phenom II X4 B50. I have no clue what's going on. Everything tells me I have a x4 proc, but only 3 cores. No L3 cache was unlocked, nothing changed except the name of my processor.

Also, I unfortunately, have a Propus instead of a Deneb.

Here's proof


Am I able to somehow get my 4th core unlocked? Or possibly an L3 cache out of this? What does this really mean for my processor?

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No L3 cache unlocked, no extra core... and it comes up as Propus. You have a true athlon ii, however, i'm not sure why the name would change if you don't have an unlockable chip. Maybe it's just not stable at all.

Have you tried raising vcore? Check the threads abt unlocking on here, but that may help.
Edited by BlackVenom - 10/17/11 at 8:36pm
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That really didn't do any good to my computer. It took about half an hour to get it running again. It crashed hard. I only increased it from a 3.2 to a 3.3. I did 275x12, 300 x10, and 220x15. All failed. Now I have a red light coming from my PC and I don't know what it is. Think I got a bad proc?

EDIT: Also, I tried running Prime95 when I first got this computer all set up. It crashed instantly. That was before I even tried OCing this.
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It's unlocked.. go to the bios and check core control enable the 4th core and it will work.
    
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@yukse911: It is not unlocked. As stated in my other posts.

More info: After worrying that something was wrong with my proc last night, I sat there and read every page of my motherboards manual. Turns out that the red light is just saying that I have the core unlocker switch on. Phwew.

EDIT: Also, I have a stock cooler. But my CPU hasn't gone past 35C until now. Now it's sitting idle at 40C. That's not good. I think I might just upgrade to the Phenom II x4 955 or try to get a Phenom II x6 1090t. Which has more overclock capabilities? Am I able to make that x4 into a x6 or are there only 4 cores on the die?
Edited by foxtherouge - 10/18/11 at 10:19am
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post #6 of 32
There should be two options for unlocking , unleash and something sorry forgot, as I have those in my BIOS and have successfully unlocked my fourth core on X3 445 to a Phenom B45 and it's stable.

Just check in the BIOS again.

If the temps are showing after unlocking than they sound ok as my idle temps are 43c and full load it's around 55-56c and the cooler is CM Hyper TX3.

You may need to up the voltage a bit. my voltage for unlock is 1.3v , do not leave it on auto as it will give more voltage.
Edited by ironmaiden - 10/18/11 at 10:52am
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What happens if you open task manager - performance - after unlocking? You should see 4 wave bars instead of 3 if unlock is successful.
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@Ironmaiden: I don't have Unleash mode. I'll try flashing a new bios on. And no, after resetting the bios, my CPU temp went up. Nothing is unlocked or overclocked, save for my graphics. But my graphics came with software to overclock it and it works so I don't have to mess with bios.

@edalbkrad: Nope, still only 3 bars. CPU-Z said 3 cores and 3 threads, Dxdiag said the same, Windows thinks I have a B50, go figure. :c
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@Ironmaiden: I don't have Unleash mode. I'll try flashing a new bios on. And no, after resetting the bios, my CPU temp went up. Nothing is unlocked or overclocked, save for my graphics. But my graphics came with software to overclock it and it works so I don't have to mess with bios.

@edalbkrad: Nope, still only 3 bars. CPU-Z said 3 cores and 3 threads, Dxdiag said the same, Windows thinks I have a B50, go figure. :c

Do you see a message during POST that 4 cores are activated ?

Do not overclock and then unlock, your system will not be stable. First unlock and run Prime95 or lynx and then slow and steadily you need to increase OC and run those tests again and be careful regarding the max temp for your CPU. mine 75c so even yours should probably be the same.
Edited by ironmaiden - 10/18/11 at 5:07pm
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post #10 of 32
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An Asus M4A87TD EVO board. During boot it states that 3 cores are unlocked.
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A87TD_EVO/

A side note: I use SLI patch to enable SLI support.
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