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Hi guys,

I just recently bought an AMD Athlon X3 440 rana (tight budget) and I can't get the 4th core to work properly. It won't boot (windows 7). As soon as the first red dot appears on the Win7 Loading screen, it hangs, then it restarts.

I haven't fiddled with the CPU core / Vcore, NB, and the voltage clocks so:

NO, I'm not giving up yet. I really want to open the 4th core. The Bios says that it is a Phenom X4 B40. (goes down to Phenom x2 540 when the 2 cores are disabled)



As you may guessed, I really like to play games and I'm currently playing Crysis 2 at max (V-sync on, Hardcore) and does majority of the games only benefit from 2-3 cores? If yes, does the 4th core be useless in gaming? (except from Dragon Age)

But if my 4th core is faulty, would my Athlon x3 do well with 3.2GHz? or Higher on stock cooling?

System Specs:

CPU: X3 440 3.0Ghz (currently at 3.212Ghz)
Mobo: Asus M4N68T-M LE V2 (with core unlocking feature)
Ram: 2GB Kingston DDR3
GPU: GT 240 DDR3 1GB
    
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I have the exact same processor and a motherboard of the same model but un unlockable one. I think it would do better overclocked to 3.4
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It could be possible that you got one that truly does have a faulty fourth core.

If that is the case overclocking 3 working cores is way better than try to run four barely working cores.

I believe you will be happy with 3 overclocked cores. That is if you can't figure out anything on the fourth core.

Good luck.
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Hi wizek,

Have you played around the voltage settings? If not, we do have a chance. Btw, are you on 3.4Ghz right now?
    
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There is no guarantee you will get a fourth core. It may be defective.
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Thanks, but I googled some X3s working by adjusting their vcore. I need help about the correct guidelines on how to set the vcore safely..
    
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go up in small increments and just keep booting and testing until its stable...i have that processor with a df mobo and cant even get windows to start, either hangs or bsod when its unlocked. and it reads b40 also@!#@
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