CPU missing pin

Amd Athlon x2 6000+ am2
February 16, 2010 at 23:02:29
Specs: Windows 7
Hi, I bought a cpu that's missing a pin but I'm told it still works. I believe the pin that is missing is marked NC_AL7. Does that mean it's not connected/not used?

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#1
February 17, 2010 at 00:30:59
if it was missing a pin it shouldn't work
maybe there is other problem?

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#2
February 17, 2010 at 00:31:25
Return the cpu. I believe the broken pin is used that's why amd put it there.

edit.. I have done a little research about broken pin NC_AL7 and found out "NC pins aren't connected to the die" so u will be fine.


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#3
February 17, 2010 at 00:36:50
From what I can tell, there a few different NC pins on that chip. It looks like these pins are not used on that chip, but to be used for other features and functions on other Socket 939 chips.... for future-proofing the S939 technology.
It will probably work, but I cant guarantee it - you might have issues with it, and its probably not the smartest idea to use it too long, if not at all.

Tell me, *why* did you buy a broken chip, and how much did you pay for it....??

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#4
February 17, 2010 at 01:56:04
$50 + $10 shipping with heat sink and fan. I wanted the 89w version and it was the only one I could find at the time. The CPU is AM2 actually, not 939. I guess I will keep my 4850e as a backup if the 6000+ starts giving me problems. Will it pose any risk to the other parts of my PC if I use it?

btw thank you for your post kuwese, that's good to know.


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#5
February 17, 2010 at 02:04:50
I cant say for sure if it will cause any other issues, probably not, seeing as that NC pin isnt even used on that chip.

I dont see the point spending $60 on a broken chip. Theres other better processors that can be bought for around the same price that dont have broken pins....

But, if you bought the chip and the seller actually advised you that it was broken, they probably will not take it back.

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#6
February 17, 2010 at 02:35:08
It depends what the pin is used for like intel810 said certain pins may not be needed at the time or some pins are just extra pins to prevent you from putting that processor onto another socket. Take for example an AM2/AM2+ processor, they use 940 pins, but the AM3 processor only uses 938 pins. Two of those pins on the AM2/AM2+ processors are dead pins that were purposely put there to prevent a person from trying to put an AM2/AM2+ processor into an AM3 chipset. I think it was tom's hardware a while back that located and cut two of the AM2+ processors dead pins and fitted it onto an AM3 motherboard. Now they understood that doing this wasn't going to make the AM2+ processor work on an AM3 motherboard just because it fit, due to the fact that AM2+ processors doesn't support DDR3 Ram. The point was to see if their theory was correct about the purposely placed dead pins to see if it would still work on an AM2+ motherboard after they removed those two AM2+ processors dead pins. Their theory turned out to be correct, the AM2+ processor with two of its pins removed still worked on an AM2+ motherboard with no problems.

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#7
February 17, 2010 at 15:46:35
Thank you so much for your informative replies, that was very interesting also intel810 and Cobra_R. I just wanted to make sure NC meant it was not used.

I will post back when I get it to let you guys know of the results.


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