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How AMD Core Unlocking Works

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rickysio 4th May 2010, 12:31 Quote
Glad to see that AMD'd get an advantage in the low end arena, but then it's unlikely that much people will buy it - even my more technologically inclined (admittedly they bow down in front of me, kekeke!) friends confess that even if they're heavily budget-ed, they'd still rather go for Intel.

Considering that, how many Average Joes will be willing to go for AMD...?
EvilRusk 4th May 2010, 15:50 Quote
I can't see much of an incentive to this. Sure it was a great gimmick when Intel had the Q6600 (old) then the i7 (too pricey) and nothing between. Then you had a reason to choose an AMD system, but with the i3, i5 etc what's the point?
mi1ez 4th May 2010, 16:12 Quote
Damn there are some clever people at these motherboard companies!
Sifter3000 4th May 2010, 16:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by EvilRusk
I can't see much of an incentive to this. Sure it was a great gimmick when Intel had the Q6600 (old) then the i7 (too pricey) and nothing between. Then you had a reason to choose an AMD system, but with the i3, i5 etc what's the point?

I guess the issue from the mobo companies' POV is, "has the audience got used to having this" and if yes, they'd be worried they'll suffer from not having it.
rickysio 4th May 2010, 17:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by EvilRusk
I can't see much of an incentive to this. Sure it was a great gimmick when Intel had the Q6600 (old) then the i7 (too pricey) and nothing between. Then you had a reason to choose an AMD system, but with the i3, i5 etc what's the point?

With the X4's being able to be unlocked to X6's, those home movie aficionados will probably snap up these products.
Farfalho 4th May 2010, 17:42 Quote
I was thinking somewhere between the lines of the new Phenoms X4 being X6 with 2 disabled cores, that would be sweet to the costumers because they would have the chance to own an hexa core cpu for the cost of a quad one. Also AMD would profit from these because the six core option from intel it's more expensive and having a six core costing less than a i7 quad-core it's a gem.
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 4th May 2010, 21:45 Quote
It's a nice caveat for mid range users but for serious geeks AMD in no longer making any sense as Intel's overwhelming superiority is leaving AMD lover's (like myself) jumping ship for Intel's blue waters of superior performance. Unlock some extra AMD cores, overclock and still be light years behind Intel's Core i7 or i5 750.

I unlocked my Phenom 550 x2 to a 4 core b4, the extra performance was nice but was still out done by Intels core i5 and i3.
isaac12345 7th May 2010, 17:09 Quote
Nice article. Thanks for the insight :)
bricks1997 29th November 2010, 14:42 Quote
I had a Phenom 550BE and managed to get on extra core. The other one was unstable. I used the ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard.
JrHottspitta 31st March 2011, 03:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
Glad to see that AMD'd get an advantage in the low end arena, but then it's unlikely that much people will buy it - even my more technologically inclined (admittedly they bow down in front of me, kekeke!) friends confess that even if they're heavily budget-ed, they'd still rather go for Intel.

Considering that, how many Average Joes will be willing to go for AMD...?

It's about preference. No one chooses because of the money value.

In fact your more likely to use something your used to then try a new product. Most people start with a computer containing intel so there used to the idea. Which makes intel have more revenue to research designs.

I used to think that way till the simplicity of identifying intel products threw me off so I went AMD.
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