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So on my latest project, I purchased an Athlon II x3 450. The idle as told by CoreTemp is about 20°C. When I unlock the processor, it shows up as a Phenom II x4 B50 but the idle temp literally doubles to 40°C. My question today is, how much of a performance increase would I see (mainly in games) and are these normal temperatures? Please also note that I am using the stock Athlon heatsink (all aluminum) but have the stock heatsink from a black edition Phenom if I need to use it (copper pipes with aluminum fins). Thanks
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I don't think core temps are accurate/usable when you unlock a core. Only the CPU temp sensor.
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Does it say it has 6mb of l3 cache when you unlock it?


If yes they unlock will show a performance increase in games, the 4th core will show performance increase in some games, but not all...

You can most likely just do both though.
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I don't think core temps are accurate/usable when you unlock a core. Only the CPU temp sensor.

This. Usually core temp just tell you 0 after unlock.
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Well when I hit unlock on the Asrock mobo, it just unlocks the 4th core and not the l3 cache.
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