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Submission + - Unlocking Phenom II: A Free Lunch?

crazipper writes: A couple of months back, a report came from Korea that certain triple-core Phenom II X3 700-series processors could be unlocked (becoming quad-core models) using certain motherboards.

Tom's Hardware used ASRock's 790GX-based board to test three Phenom II X3 720s and three Phenom II X4 810s, which start with 4MB of shared L3 cache and can be unlocked to 6MB. Not surprisingly, even if your CPU can be unlocked (many can't), doing so could very well botch a more-beneficial overclock.

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