|So, I was over at Newegg recently and ran into an Athlon X2 5000+ CPU, I didn't think much of it at first until I looked at it again and noticed 3 very strange things. |
First, I noticed it was AM2+, now all of the Athlon X2 5000+ before this one were all made on the AM2 platform instead of the AM2+ platform which was odd. Then, I noticed that it was made on the 45nm die which was odd too, because no 45nm die was used on any AM2 processors. Lastly, I saw that it had SEE4.1a instructions added to it which again was odd, because no AM2 processor had those instruction sets added to them either.
So, upon further digging, I discovered that this Oddball CPU is nothing more than an AM2+ Phenom II X4 on the Deneb core with 2 cores disabled, the L3 cache disabled and half of the L2 cache disabled running underclocked. This CPU is very odd and can be confusing to figure out what exactly this thing is. I mean, even CPU-Z doesn't even know what this thing is lol. So there you have it. The thing I don’t understand is why did they name it after the old models instead of just naming it after the new Athlon II X2 models instead considering that's what it is, which would have made it a heck of a lot less confusing.
Now this CPU can be unlocked with all of it's cores and its cache. A few people have already done it using a ATI AM2+ 780G/790GX motherboard in the BIOS, which means with a little BIOS tweaking and overclocking, you can turn this CPU into the cheapest Phenom II X4 processor money can buy for only 59 bucks. :)
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