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ok. Ill have to wait till i get home to try it.

Im not teh smartest guy, so can someone explain to me how Unlocking a core or two will aid in overclocking? Or is it more cores are faster?
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ok. Ill have to wait till i get home to try it.

Im not teh smartest guy, so can someone explain to me how Unlocking a core or two will aid in overclocking? Or is it more cores are faster?
It wont help at all in overclocking, it's actually gonna make it harder because you will need more voltage with more cores, but you get a triple or quad core for the price of a dual core, so it should be worth it.

Triple and quad cores are much faster in programs that use all the cores than dual cores.
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I dont even know if my games will be multithreaded enough to use all 4 cores. Actually i know for sure that a lot of them are mono threaded only. The newest ones are CNC:3 and MOH: Airborne. Are these multithreaded enough for this?
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post #24 of 38
u can also flash ur bios in windows using gigabytes own software...i believe its called @bios, u can find it on their website.

to unlock cores are really simple, look for 'advanced clock calibration', then enable 'ec firmware' by choosing 'hybrid'. i dont use my 550 system anymore, so i dont remember the steps in bios exactly. but u can google it on youtube, im sure there are millions of videos online

if u dont need excessive voltage to run the unlocked chip overclocked, and the temps are acceptable, then u might as well have it unlocked regardless of how ur games are gonna utilise it
post #25 of 38
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I not looking for bragging rights or overkill here. Just to get what I need to run what I use. (will it help with FOH?)
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post #26 of 38
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(will it help with FOH?)
Yes, it should double your performance in it. I think.
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post #27 of 38
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didnt work. Its back at stock here. Tried 20x at 1.425, 1.450, all the way to 1.55. Didnt try past that point, but all the ones tried were BSOD during boot.
Umm try 18x multiplier with .50 overvolt and bump the fsb up from 200 to 205-207(should be around 3.7) and see if that's stable after that well see if we can get u too 4

Edit: u might want to try and unlock but if it fails no worries most would rather have a high speed dual the average quad
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post #28 of 38
Hi There Wolfeking,

First things first, I would not try to start OCing until I understood my hardware.

MOSFET - type of transistor
VRM - Voltage Regulator Module (MOSFETs)
Use - regulates the voltage to the CPU and other components on the Motherboard.
The VRMs heat up when used and if you need more voltage then you will create more heat. Enough Said!

Now that we have that cleared up lets talk about OCing if you think you a ready.

55*C is where you tend to get unstable OCs and 62*C is max for this type of chip.

I would not go rushing in to unlocking cores until you have had a go at OCing you chip.

As it is a BE (unlocked CPU Mulitplier) then the easiest way to go is starting with the CPU multiplier.

Your CPU frequency is based on the HT REF CLK x the CPU multi.

So 200Mhz HT REF CLK x the 15.5 = 3100 Mhz (stock)

Boot in to windows and check you temps without any OC. It may be that you have not got your heatsink mounted correctly. If you are seeing temps around 60 fully loaded or higher then re-mount your heatsink until you are happy.

Try 16, 16.5, 17, 17.5 and boot each time. keeping an eye on the temps!
Once you BSOD then raise the Vcore until you get to a stable boot - check with Prime95 or similar that you can run 30mins at least.

THis is jsut the tip of the iceburg of AMD OCing. There is great guides here in the AMD section. check them out for way more info than I have put here!

Most of all , Good luck and have fun!
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post #29 of 38
i know it's silly but i forget sometimes: don't forget to keep your HTlink below 2k.

sometimes when i'm testing different configurations i forget to drop the multi and spend 10 minutes trying to figure out why it won't post when i've had it 500mhz higher.
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post #30 of 38
Unlocking a core would definitely help in newer games. I have 4 cores and well black ops likes to chew through 2 and nibble on the third at times. I am at stock though because my cpu is unstable for 24 hours at any higher frequency -.-
EDIT: 8gb of ram in 4 ram slots = worse overclocking due to stressed ic
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