AMD Phenom II X2 555 unlocking brings cheap quad-core dreams

by Rafael Hernandez on January 29, 2010 · 0 comments

The budget PC enthusiast seeks out the sort of hardware that might look like a less than appealing option for those with bigger budgets but can, with some coaxing, transform itself into a beast of a performer.

AnandTech has a look at the AMD Phenom II X2 555 which may or may not be able to unlock itself from a dual-core chip into a quad-core beast all with a very low price tag.:

The Phenom II X2 is nothing more than a Phenom II X4 with two cores disabled. Originally these cores were disabled because of low yields, but over time yields on quad-core Phenom IIs should be high enough to negate the need for a Phenom II X2. This is most likely why AMD removed the Phenom II X2 from its official price list. It’s also why the stranger Phenom II derivatives are also absent from AMD’s price list. All that’s left are Phenom II X4s pretty much.

As with anything enthusiast oriented it’s a case of buyer beware but if it works out you’re looking at some extremely fast chips at a low cost of entry.

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