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So when I built my rig I bought a Phenom II x2 dual core cpu, and unlocked it to a quad.

All is great, but I have money now, is getting a real quad core better? Will I see more performance? Or is it literally the same CPU with locked cores? I probably will buy a T1090 or a 1100 over a quad, but I was just wondering if I am losing performance buy using unlocked cores.
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nah either save up money for a x6, wait for a x8 or use the money you got now to get a graphics card or use that money to buy a cpu cooler to overclock it. it you game alot i recommend a gpu as cpu upgrades wont enhance gaming as much as adding another gpu. if you do video editing and stuff i reckon overclocking it with a aftermarket cooler.
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You have to realize that the dual core unlocking means the dual core had something wrong with one of the cores and thats why they locked it into a dual core instead of a quad core. While it may not be something that big, a unlocked dual core will never be as good as a regular quad core.

Due to the fact that it may only work as a quad core for a couple of months or it cannot work at the same capacity.

But all in all I would say the preformance most likely will not be noticable.
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'Unlocked cores' are exactly the same as 'actual cores' (assuming your system is stable).
You'd see no difference by using an x4 branded CPU.

Personally I would wait for AM3+ before considering any type of upgrade.
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Sounds good, and yeah I will probably wait for AM3+, but I will deffinitly buy a new GPU, eaither another 460, or ill sell my 460 and buy a 580... maybe.

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So when I built my rig I bought a Phenom II x2 dual core cpu, and unlocked it to a quad.

All is great, but I have money now, is getting a real quad core better? Will I see more performance? Or is it literally the same CPU with locked cores? I probably will buy a T1090 or a 1100 over a quad, but I was just wondering if I am losing performance buy using unlocked cores.
If you have money now save it and wait for a few weeks for a 990FX mobo in preparation for Bulldozer due in late April early May.

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You have to realize that the dual core unlocking means the dual core had something wrong with one of the cores and thats why they locked it into a dual core instead of a quad core. While it may not be something that big, a unlocked dual core will never be as good as a regular quad core.

Due to the fact that it may only work as a quad core for a couple of months or it cannot work at the same capacity.

But all in all I would say the preformance most likely will not be noticable.
Not necessarily a bad chip at all. AMD has quota's to fill and sometimes uses chips that have 4 flawless cores for it's X2 or X3 lines.

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'Unlocked cores' are exactly the same as 'actual cores' (assuming your system is stable).
You'd see no difference by using an x4 branded CPU.

Personally I would wait for AM3+ before considering any type of upgrade.
Yeah, the only thing you give up, maybe, is a higher overclock or the ability to get temperature readings (which are hardly accurate anyway). Enjoy what you have, it's just as good as a normal quad core CPU.
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Not necessarily a bad chip at all. AMD has quota's to fill and sometimes uses chips that have 4 flawless cores for it's X2 or X3 lines.
No Arugument here while yes it could be a perfectly functioning X4 core chances are it isn't.

But it is impossible to tell so if you are buying a X2 Phenom to get a cheep quad core it isnt the way to go you might as well buy a quad core.

But since his is functioning, yes it could be a perfectly fine quad core or one with a defect on it, but we won't know until and if it becomes unstable.
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No Arugument here while yes it could be a perfectly functioning X4 core chances are it isn't.

But it is impossible to tell so if you are buying a X2 Phenom to get a cheep quad core it isnt the way to go you might as well buy a quad core.

But since his is functioning, yes it could be a perfectly fine quad core or one with a defect on it, but we won't know until and if it becomes unstable.
Oh I definately agree on that. Of the many AMD CPU's that I've owned in recent years only my original 720 BE and one of the two Sempron 140 Sargas's I bought would unlock. That's not a very good result and tells me that AMD is making a ton of money on silicon that in years past would have gone into the scrap bin. I luv it when AMD is making money. I luv it when Intel looks like a chumpzilla.
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unlock them,stress test them for 8 hrs (some say 24hrs is better),your chosen tester should tell you what cores are not performing or producing errors,lock that core up again and your done...maybe another 8hrs of prime95 to finish
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