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Which chip config is better B55 or 555

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Hey ocn i've been pondering this one for a few days now, as the title states which one of these 2 configurations will i see the greatest jump in performance.

1) my phenom II x2 555 @ 4ghz stock volts and cpu-nb @ 2600mhz stock volts

OR

2) my 555 with the 4 cores unlocked as a B55 @ stock speeds i.e. 3.2ghz and 2000mhz (cpu voltage 1.4v)

The reason i ask this is because of the crap board i have, 4+1 power phase and not to mention it is a MSI board and the chance of it blowing up, i want to keep the volts as low as possible.

Now, I have tested the 2 configs and they are both stable, back to the main question...which of the two configs do you guys think i should go with...my rig is mostly for gaming and everyday stuff...some folding here and there at nights mostly when the machine is idle.
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Depends on what apps you use really. Multithreaded apps i.e. encoding, multithreaded games, will leverage the 4 cores better. Certain apps i.e. audio encoding, games that use up to 2 cores, they like CPU speed. You could create profiles in the BIOS (assuming there's such a feature) and switch between unlocked @ 3.2Ghz and locked @ 4Ghz whenever you need. Remember though, the G45 is the lowest end MSI board; it doesn't even take overclocks to blow them sometimes... but looking at the patterns the majority of MSI 770/870 boards that have blown have done so at above 1.45V (on 125W processors), so I think you're okay.
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Thanks again XD always the best responses...and yes the board does have "OC profiles" i'll try the 2 today and see where i stand.
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Above is correct on performance. Really, you should just get a better board. They're relatively cheap.

Or honestly OC unlocked with active cooling on the NB/Mosfets to the best you can do at say 1.4VCore (stay stock voltages) with CnQ ON, which is what I did with my 555. At worst, I lose a board that will cost $9 after rebate, so honestly who gives a damn. If it blows, you upgrade to a better board.

I personally will bet that setting it up like I did (emphasis on the active cooling and stock voltages) will give you a long-lasting result.
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I'll take ur advice 2thache...i'll run an oc with the most maybe 1.43v or sumthing and see if i get a goodish overclock if not i will just run it as a quad at stock speed and minimum volts
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