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Originally Posted by allikat View Post
My 555BE is a little gem, unlocked to quad at stock volts, and has run up to 4GHz stably as a quad, and 4.2 as a dualy. It's down to luck, some have defective cores, some are sold as duals to make up the numbers, they're all built as quads.
And another thing,

The mobo you use plays a big factor, from what I can tell, in how well you can overclock.

Mine SUCKS!

Max 3.9 as a x2 at 1.55V and max 3.8 as a x4 at 1.55V :[
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Lol. Mine unlocked to quad and did like 4.2GHZ.
    
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Lol. Mine unlocked to quad and did like 4.2GHZ.
I would guess you were not using an mATX board.
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post #24 of 45
I unlocked to quad at stock volts on a Gigabyte MA770-UD3, and again on a 790x-UD3, before finally repeating the stunt on my CrosshairIII. If you avoid junk boards, unlocking success is much more down to the chip itself, and whether it's a fully functional quad or not.
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I unlocked to quad at stock volts on a Gigabyte MA770-UD3, and again on a 790x-UD3, before finally repeating the stunt on my CrosshairIII. If you avoid junk boards, unlocking success is much more down to the chip itself, and whether it's a fully functional quad or not.
What were the overclocking potentials of each board?
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I would guess you were not using an mATX board.
Yes I was, the M4A785-M is a quality 4+1 phase mATX budget board that probably has some of the highest quality phases of all 4+1(topped obviously by the TA890FXE, sig board).
    
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post #27 of 45
i bought one ~ 4 weeks ago and it unlocked to quad w/ successful o/c to 3.8Ghz.

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What were the overclocking potentials of each board?
I didn't go over 3.6GHz (as a quad) on the 770 board, mainly out of concern for the mosfets. The 790x took it to 4Ghz as a quad, 4.2 as dual. I don't think I ever reached the maximum the chip can do. It's at 3.8Ghz right now, because I'm still learning my way around the Asus bios. At some point, I'll know enough to really push this chip to the limits of my cooling.
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Yes I was, the M4A785-M is a quality 4+1 phase mATX budget board that probably has some of the highest quality phases of all 4+1(topped obviously by the TA890FXE, sig board).
Danggg. I hate my board even more.
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post #30 of 45
I have the C3 revision of this chip, unlocked and super sweet straight out of the box.

Check my sig. It lasted about 6 months, now I'm down to 3 cores stable, not bothered trying to O/C, I was on 3.6ghz stable on 4 cores for a while.

It is a good dual-core chip, it plays Crysis 2 with no sweat but more intense DX11 games it makes me suffer a bit.

At the time it was a cheap option to get an extra core or two, but looking back I wish I just spent an extra 20-30 nick just to get the 955. Right now I'm struggling and waiting on BD is painful, I wish I knew more about it so I would know if it would be a better purchase than SB.

Take the risk if you can live without the extra cores if it goes tits up. If you need a x4 then buy a x4.

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