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Which Athlon IIs Have The Best Core/L3 Unlock Rate?

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Heya,

Which Athlon II CPUs have the best unlocking rate for the L3 Cache or Extra Cores (for x2 or x3)?

This may be my second week without work, so to survive for this month I may need to return my case and sell off my Intel rig =/

I don't want a huge performance decrease but I can't spend more than $200 total on the switch with overnight shipping, unless it's Tiger Direct, they arrive next day all the time.
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As far as I know new Athlons don't have the ability to unlock L3 Cache only first batches did...
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Originally Posted by Grobinov View Post
As far as I know new Athlons don't have the ability to unlock L3 Cache only first batches did...
Well crap. If that's true then I'll just pick up a Phenom II X2 555BE or an x3 720 off here.
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Originally Posted by Kvjavs View Post
Well crap. If that's true then I'll just pick up a Phenom II X2 555BE or an x3 720 off here.
Yeah if you really want a chip that unlocks it's best to buy a used proven unlocker everything else is just a gamble
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Originally Posted by Grobinov View Post
Yeah if you really want a chip that unlocks it's best to buy a used proven unlocker everything else is just a gamble
Alright, well thanks again!
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it just depends on how much you want to spend and what you want to oc it to like mine i have i hit a wall at 3.640 because i do not know how to work the ram timings at all. so i heard i can hit a make of 3.7 if i do some ram timings configurations.
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Yeah the C3 revision X3 's had some L3 unlockers(denab cores),but not likely now.Honestly,for a budget machine a 3 core Athlon will be better overall than a 2 core Phenom.In fact the absence of L3 cache actually improves latency-so except for gaming the Athlon seems a tad snappier.Gaming you see an improvements-but it is frankly not very much.
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post #8 of 9
My athlon II x3 425 unlocked to a phenom with full l3 cache It was only the early batches that did, so you would have to go used to find a very new batch. Your best bet is to just get a phenom II x2 or a phenom II x3 720 and hopefully they unlock.

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post #9 of 9
Semprons unlock to Athlon II, Athlon x3 (Rana core) unlock to Athlon or Phenom x4, Phenom x2, x3 can unlock to x4. Best bet is to get the Athlon II x3 (Rana). They most likely will unlock the 4th core and L3 cache.
   
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