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Hi, so currently i am utilizing 4 cores on AMD 960T. I am able to unlock 1 core to make it a hex core processor. I am currently stable at 4 Ghz. Is it worth it to use the extra core?
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Encoding and unzipping files might be a little faster. Gaming won't net you any performance increase. Benchmarks might also increases slightly.

I would do it just because you can. As long as it's stable and doesn't require too much voltage increase.
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No. The 5th core is recognized by almost nothing and will 99.9% of the time be worthless.
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might get you an extra 2000-3000 ppd if you were a folder
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eh..i leave mine locked most of the time..sometimes unlock when gaming..purely for heat/power saving purposes..
114w vs 171w er..I'm sure it's more..cuz i overclock ..whistle.gif
>>Uses a lot more juice when unlocked..and puts out more heat
 
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I was thinking that too, as long as its stable i might as well. One thing though, all of my temperature monitors are unable to read the Cpu's temp when i unlock to 5 cores. They all say 0 degrees. Anything i can do about this. I will not try it if i cannot get an accurate temperature reading while loading.
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I was thinking that too, as long as its stable i might as well. One thing though, all of my temperature monitors are unable to read the Cpu's temp when i unlock to 5 cores. They all say 0 degrees. Anything i can do about this. I will not try it if i cannot get an accurate temperature reading while loading.

Nope nothing you can do about that. 5th core is also useless 99.9% of the time which has already been mentioned. It's only worth unlocking if you get both cores unlocked.
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No. The 5th core is recognized by almost nothing and will 99.9% of the time be worthless.
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Nope nothing you can do about that. 5th core is also useless 99.9% of the time which has already been mentioned. It's only worth unlocking if you get both cores unlocked.

QFT. +1 to each.
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What can an extra core hurt?
    
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What can an extra core hurt?

Temperatures, power consumption, heat/(more voltage possibly?), and possible instability at higher clocks.
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