Originally Posted by Atomfix
You need a 7+2 Phase motherboard for a decent OC
Someone forgot to tell my motherboard that...and this is on about as weak a Thuban as AMD ever sold...
Originally Posted by UsernameGoesHer
Can someone tell me why people still unlock these cores when they're usually unstable and not good for much, hence being disabled?
In a lot of cases, the extra cores were only disabled because AMD was getting high yields on the Denebs and Thubans, and downbinned the chips to fill lower slots in the CPU lineup. In fact, on a 960T, it's surprising when the chip can't be unlocked to an X6 and overclocked as one. The success rate is at least 70 percent on stably unlocking the cores until you get down to the lowly single-core Semprons, where more often than not, the ones that are X2 cores aren't stable when unlocked.
Originally Posted by Schmuckley
Thuban provides more throughput than your i7 920 as well ..
Your chip has slightly ..I wouldn't go so far as to say "a lot" higher IPC..makes for smoother gaming..as far as throughput though..eh..
You have a good one I see
Thuban is competitive with Lynnfield or Bloomfield; Intel wins a lot of the benchmarks, but not all of them, and not by huge margins when it does. You have to move up to Sandy Bridge to really blow Phenom II out of the water.