Posted 16 March 2010 - 11:04 PM
as far as the difference between the 955 and the 965, yes you could probably overclock it 200 mhz and get the same performance. theyre the same basic architecture. You might be able to have a slightly higher max overclock with the 965 but probably not a huge difference, and it probably wouldn't hurt anything to use the 955. theyre both black editions which means they both have the unlocked multiplier. As far as unlocking the fourth core on the 720, I don't think Id advise it. first I wouldnt even know where to start in how to unlock it, your technically not supposed to. Ive heard you can, but its difficult, and can cause damage, and if its anything like the phenom Is unadvisable. with the phenom 1s, what happened was the original phenom quad core had a stepping problem between the third and fourth core, so AMD ended up with a lot of quads returned and/or unsellable, so to solve it they basically disabled that fourth core and resold it, and they worked fantastically as triple core CPUs. if you unlocked that fourth core, you brought back that stepping problem. To my knowledge, the phenom II never had that problem, and theyre selling it because of how well the triple core phenoms did for people who wanted more power then a dual but couldnt afford a quad, but its still possible that unlocking that fourth core could bring more problems then its worth. Id just go with a quad to start with, even if you unlock that 4th core and have no problems, if it comes unlocked its a lot less hassle and won't void the warranty (unlocking the fourth core voids the warranty if I do believe) I would just stick the quad core route, if you cant afford the 955 or 965 just find a lower priced quad.
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