Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Slashdot Deals: Cyber Monday Sale Extended! Courses ranging from coding to project management - all eLearning deals 20% off with coupon code "CYBERMONDAY20". ×

Submission + - Hidden cores on Phenom CPUs can be unlocked (

An anonymous reader writes: One of the major ways a semiconductor manufacturer manages to make the most of its chips is through binning. Chips able to cope with high clock speeds with all cores running end up as premium product lines, while others will end up as models rated at lower speed grades, or with fewer cores. In the case of AMD's Phenom CPUs dual and triple core models are quad cores with some disabled, while some newer quad core CPUs are actually six core models with two disabled. To this end both ASUS and MSI have announced that they have modified versions of AMD 890FX and 890GX based motherboards to unlock these hidden cores. Much like overclocking, there is no guarantee that you will gain anything by unlocking the hidden cores — everything depends on just why your CPU ended up in a certain product line.
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Hidden cores on Phenom CPUs can be unlocked

Comments Filter:

"Everybody is talking about the weather but nobody does anything about it." -- Mark Twain