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is phenom II X3 710 any good?

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like title says i can get one off a friend for 60 bucks, is it even worth it? what are the chances of unlocking 4th core?(yes my mobo is capable) what do you guys think i should do?


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I had one and it performed fairly well. Although I didn't try to unlock it but I did overclock it from 2.6 to 3.2Ghz fairly easily (I didn't bother playing with the voltages too much, only added 0.05V for stability). The 710 should run cooler than your 9750 and will draw less power. Performance wise you should see a bit of an improvement (take a look at all the tests): http://ixbtlabs.com/articles3/cpu/am...x4-620-p2.html

$60 is a fair price for it too, I got mine for $50 but it had a few bent pins that were straightened out. I'd say go for it and then sell off your 9750 for $45-50.

Here is my CPU-Z validation:
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1567729
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I had one and it performed fairly well. Although I didn't try to unlock it but I did overclock it from 2.6 to 3.2Ghz fairly easily (I didn't bother playing with the voltages too much, only added 0.05V for stability). The 710 should run cooler than your 9750 and will draw less power. Performance wise you should see a bit of an improvement (take a look at all the tests): http://ixbtlabs.com/articles3/cpu/am...x4-620-p2.html

$60 is a fair price for it too, I got mine for $50 but it had a few bent pins that were straightened out. I'd say go for it and then sell off your 9750 for $45-50.

Here is my CPU-Z validation:
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1567729
hmm looks like its only a tiny bit slower than X4 810 at stock clocks im seriously considering buying it one last question, say i get it and i overclock to 3.4Ghz will that eliminate my current bottleneck on my 9800GX2?
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I wouldn't know anything about bottlenecks, maybe someone else can answer your question. I'm curious myself as to what the answer is.
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I wouldn't know anything about bottlenecks, maybe someone else can answer your question. I'm curious myself as to what the answer is.
hmm i see on Google it is same core as the 720 and those have very high unlock rate so i went ahead and bought it off him I'll know on the 14th for sure whether or not it is any good lol if not I'll sell it on here i will keep you posted on unlocking or not though.
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Nice, enjoy it man. Hopefully it does unlock.
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Nice, enjoy it man. Hopefully it does unlock.
ahaha yeah that would be epic especially if i was able to hit 3.7GHz lol
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It should easily eliminate your bottle neck especially if you can get a decent overclock, or if you are lucky enough to be able to unlock the 4th core... Yes, I have heard that the 720's have been known to be very common unlockers and considering that the 7110 is just a multiplier bump downward, I don't see why it would be any less likely than the 720 to do so... Best of luck!!!
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Just make sure your board supports unlocking in the bios.

And yes, the 710 is basically just a c2 720 without the unlocked multiplier and a little lower clock speed. But they overclock pretty much the same.
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Just make sure your board supports unlocking in the bios.

And yes, the 710 is basically just a c2 720 without the unlocked multiplier and a little lower clock speed. But they overclock pretty much the same.
yes it does support unlocking ecs added ACC in late 09
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