Originally Posted by DuckieHo
You do realize your Athlon II X4 635 has a locked multiplier?
However, most tri-cores are perfectly usable quads.... so generally, they are just artificially locked.
If AMD was in the same performance position as Intel..... things would be different.
Yes I do, I also know that some revisions of this CPU have L3 cache to unlock. Mine doesn't, sadly. This board and CPU I bought to upgrade from 775, and to be my filler before bulldozer.
You can still overclock and improve performance without an unlocked multiplier. However, I don't see AMD charging extra for CPU's with unlocked multipliers, their high-end ones are like that "naturally"
On the flip side, want an intel CPU with an unlocked multiplier? QX series and K series, and see the price increases (even if small)
Haven't owned a tri-core, and you're right, most of them are usable quads, but some aren't.
And how do you know for certain what AMD would in Intel's position? We don't, and can't, know until they are in that position. Of course we can guess and assume until the cows come home.
I do NOT want to turn this into an AMD vs. Intel thread/debate/flamewar, but I'm not going to give money to a company that sees locking down CPU's and charging extra to unlock cache/HT on them. All you need to unlock an AMD cpu is a motherboard with ACC/UCC. With an Intel you'll need a $50 upgrade card or a K-edition CPU.
Also, the K-edition CPU's and for the record, AMD CPU's with unlocked multipliers don't have extra cache to unlock do they...