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    Core Unlocking

    So I got my x3 445 for £60. Currently CPU-Z is telling me this



    I reckon that with Cool n Quiet it's not quite stable so I'm going to try to get to about 3.5 GHz later

    Any other tips on core unlocking? Might I have missed something?
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    Re: Core Unlocking

    Well, CPU-Z does report an X4, so that's fine.

    As for the lack of info, try installing the latest version of CPU-Z - I noticed you have an old one.

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    Re: Core Unlocking

    Core unlocking disables the temperature sensor IIRC. I assume you are using an aftermarket cooler too?

    Also make sure that the VRMs on the MSI motherboard have some sort of cooling too.


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    Re: Core Unlocking

    Not yet which is why I'm being cautious. It's god awful loud.
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    Re: Core Unlocking

    What cooler would you recommend CAT? It has to be no bigger than about 15cm. I'm in a p180 mini so size could be an issue.
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    Re: Core Unlocking

    I think the p180 mini takes full size coolers; they are about 16cm usually. Scan today only has both CM 212 on special (could have bee on thurs).

    It should run fine with CnQ; you will have to test it with prime or the like when you get time and better cooling. The Mobo will have a temp sensor to read your CPU temps. The coretemps (which are what are disabled) are not really what you want to read anyway.

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    Re: Core Unlocking

    There are quite a few coolers on Scan Today Only this weekend:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/

    The V2 version of the Arctic Cooling Freezer is meant to be good:

    http://hi-techreviews.com/index.php/...freezer-7-pro-

    http://www.kitguru.net/components/he...ev-2?showall=1

    http://www.testseek.com/labs/reviews...cooler/?p=2694

    The Xigmatek HDT-S963 is also meant to be a very good budget cooler and is cheaper too:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/

    The CM212 mentioned earlier is also worth a look at too.

    Make sure that you don't exceed the maximum rated temperature of a C3 stepping CPU which is 75C:

    http://products.amd.com/en-us/Deskto...&f11=&f12=True
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    Re: Core Unlocking

    I'm not a big fan of these artic cooling freezer things. They seem to be on par with the stock JVC heatpipe model by frostytech iirc. The freedom tower was meant to be ok but I wouldn't go much over 20 squid as its dimminishing returns. Hyper plus gets my vote from the today only.

    Direction of mounted is limited to up/down on alot of sinks this includes most of/all the Xiggis (I had to make a custom mount for mine). I know the CM hypers point in all directions.

    There are plenty of 2nd hand ones kicking about on forums but watch out incase they are nicked; I couldn't lap mine completely flat again. I would worry less if it was not a HDT.

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    Mini nija would do the job?
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    Re: Core Unlocking

    I cenrtainly will not be removing the motherboard to install a backplate. I know that a HDT-S1283 doesn't need you to install a backplate so I might get one of them...
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    Frostytech has good reviews. The scythe ninja looks a bit pants tbh the 80mm fan is a bit loud. Xiggy only points up or down; otherwise very good.

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    Up is fine though, as I have a 200mm fan right above it
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    Re: Core Unlocking

    Quote Originally Posted by nibbler View Post
    Might I have missed something?
    I think you missed about £60 off the retail price!

    Full 6MB Cache unlock is very lucky indeed! I thought all the Athlon II X3s in circulation were cut from dies that didn't have L3 cache on them! Looks like demand has been good enough that AMD have had to use some Phenom cores in the Athlons after all

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    Re: Core Unlocking

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    I think you missed about £60 off the retail price!

    Full 6MB Cache unlock is very lucky indeed! I thought all the Athlon II X3s in circulation were cut from dies that didn't have L3 cache on them! Looks like demand has been good enough that AMD have had to use some Phenom cores in the Athlons after all
    Huh, didn't notice that.

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    Re: Core Unlocking

    OOh I finally get a a nice cpu! My old i5 overclocked terribly in comparison and my amd athlon before that. Well...

    Once I get my xiggy in the post on wednesday (I'm in london next two days) I'll do some overclocking and I'll post some numbers!

    Yaay

    Did one cheeky run of cinebench R10 and currently with it sitting at 3GHZ and 1333mhz ram it managed 12.4k points - roughly the same as a stock 940 BE. So basically, it's fast. I reckon that cache is good to use, will stress test when I beef up the cooling.

    just noticed I'm running on unganged mode on my RAM, this is still dual channel right? Reckon I can get the RAM up to 1600mhz? I know the modules can handle it, just wondering whether the IMC can.
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    There seems to be some confusion regarding ganged and unganged modes. In one case ganged is faster, in other - unganged. All in all there doesn't seem to be that much of a difference. I leave my RAM in the same-coloured slots and it shows up as ganged - so I just left that be.

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