Originally Posted by Brutuz
It saddens me that mine won't even POST with ACC on Auto, going to try that ASRock board and Hybrid later, or I'll just get a quad core, dunno.
Dont be sad about it. I swear to you its a luxury and thats it. I have my chip unlocked and I keep telling people that I cant tell the difference, only in benchmarking. I have to check CPUz to make sure sometimes. I cant say it enough, I have been running 3 cores for 2 weeks just to see if there is any difference. I cant find any. Even in GTA 4 maxed out, its pretty much the same with 3 or 4 cores clocked over 3.6.
But on the other hand you should be able to at least post 4 cores. I have seen many chips not post and then after put in a different board, boot. Most chips do have something wrong with them. Its not worth buying a new motherboard just to unlock your 720. I would only recomend getting a good unlocking board if you dont own a motherboard and you are just building a new system. Of course its cool to unlock and brag about it but thats about all there is to it. Its not that big of a deal after you do it. You may see people saying their 3dmark went up or some other benchmark. But all the real apps just dont show much or no results at all. I wouldnt even get a quad Phenom 2 right now since you have a 720. The gain is so small. Wait till the next batch of AMD CPUs come out, maybe they will have much better NB and memory controllers that can truely take advantage of ddr3. Then you can get a whole new setup or something. Its not worth the gain right now. There is a big jump from older technologies to the phenom 2. But once you at the top, there is only inches to gain left. I promises you may can convince your self its so much better running 4 cores, but its not much of a difference at all. The Phenom 720s are very fine chips, they hold up extremely well against quads, only very specialized test show the advantage of a quad. And those test are skewed to show exactly that. This is the truth, there is a lot of hype, and thats all it is