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post #1 of 11
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Any recommendations for the best AM3 MOBO that will Unlock a Phenom II X2 555 and OC in the $100 and under range if possible. TIA.
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870 chipset adequate if no need for Crossfire X 8x-8x/etc.
Biostar TA870U3+ ($80 range) is a good choice, or the M4A87TD EVO/GA-870A-UD3 ($100-105 range)

Or this 790X board - Crossfire 8x-8x for a great price of $93 and other great features i.e. 8+2 VRMs
post #3 of 11
Don't buy a Phenom II X2 thinking you're gonna unlock. You've only got a 60% chance of unlocking. That, and if you DO unlock, those motherboards are gonna be insufficient because of a 4+1 power phase design. If you unlock, you're gonna have limited over-clocking if you don't want it to blow up.
    
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Don't buy a Phenom II X2 thinking you're gonna unlock. You've only got a 60% chance of unlocking. That, and if you DO unlock, those motherboards are gonna be insufficient because of a 4+1 power phase design. If you unlock, you're gonna have limited over-clocking if you don't want it to blow up.
Not buying the X2, I already have it. haha. And im not banking on it unlocking but Id like to have the option to see if it will. Say by chance it will unlock, than I need a higher end mobo to OC?
    
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post #5 of 11
Unlocking is a bonus, he's right. But a DECENT and cooled 4+1 is fine for an x4. There are many of those as well as 8+2 in the $100 area.
post #6 of 11
Asus M4N75TD core unlocks at under a hundred with an 8+1 phase count and SLI support. But be aware that it runs at 8x in the two 16x PCI-E slots - even when you're running only one card.
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Get a 890 board, so that u can get the BD when it hits the market.
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I assume you want the mobo just because of the possible unlock plus OC potential of your CPU, since your current mobo doesn't allow unlocking correct?

If thats the case I suggest you find a friend with an unlocking mobo and testing first, or befriending anyone close by that will let you try. Why waste money if your one of the many who have unstable cores. Seriously, won't you be mad if you spend $100 on a board and your CPU is STILL a dual core with just a little bit of OC headroom. Is $100 worth a small overclock? I think not.

Test that CPU first, THEN get a mobo if needed.
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post #9 of 11
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Yeah I really didnt want to disassemble my HTPC but its a 880G and has the Core Unlock feature so I may try verify on it if I have time for it.

That ASUS M4A79XTD is actually pretty tempting. $100 Shipped - $10 rebate from amazon hmmm
    
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I have a Biostar TA890GXE, literally unlocked my x2 in a matter of 2 clicks (F3, F4).

However, I can't really OC on it much at all. Well, at least when I tried it wasn't stable. I'm not blaming the board for this, because it's a proven board from other members here.

It's just the nature of the unlocking beast. I'm sure if I locked the cores and went back to OC I could easily push 4ghz on it.

Gonna go back and try it again later.
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