Originally Posted by Bdev42
afternoon, i am buying parts to build a computer. i am interested in seeing if i can "unlock" the cpu [url] but i dont really know what that means.
the phenom ii dual and tri cores are just quad cores with 1 or 2 cores disabled.
why were they disabled? sometimes there are faults in their manufacturing process, so instead of just throwing the whole thing away, they disable the faulty sections and sell em off as dual or tri cores.
but other times, due to supply and demand, they will take perfectly good quad core cpus and just disable some cores. this is where you come in. if you get lucky and unlock the extra cores, congrats dude, you just a quad for the price of a dual