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Unlocking the Athlon II X3 435 (LostCircuits) - Unlocking the Athlon II X3 435 (LostCircuits)
Thu, December 03 2009 | 2:30PM | PermaLink Feedback?
Despite having different code names such as Toliman, Heka and Rana, AMD's triple core solutions are anything but a discreet die design. Rather, existing Deneb (Phenom II X4) and Propus (Athlon II X4) dies are tested and those with defects in one of the four cores are rebadged as triple core solutions. It is no secret though, that often enough, marketing and demand will create defective dies where the only defect is realistically the lack of the latter. In other words, many of the triple core CPUs offered at a budget price compared to their full-fledged brethren are wolves in a sheep skin. To make matters more interesting, it turns out that a number of the Athlon II brand processors supposedly based on the Propus core are in fact Deneb processors featuring the 6 MB shared L3 cache, a feature that makes those CPUs more pliable for gaming purposes. The good news in this case is that the crippling inflicted by AMD appears to be done on the basis of register programming rather than blowing fuses and, therefore, with a few BIOS tricks, it may be reversible. To sum it up, chances are that an inexpensive Athlon II X3 processor may transform into a Stanley Beamish-like Phenom II X4 with the extra bonus of the pill not wearing off.
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MSI GeForce GTX 460 1GB Cyclone Video Card - MSI GeForce GTX 460 1GB Cyclone Video Card
Wed, August 25 2010 | 12:00PM | PermaLink Feedback?
"Our first GTX 460 review was of the MSI Cyclone 768MB. Straight away it showed us what the GTX 460 was going to be about; good power at an even better price. Once we had a look at that we then checked out some 1GB models. Unlike most cards, the 1GB model wasn't just more memory, but it increased the memory bus width while adding some more ROPs at the same time. The problem we had was that the GIGABYTE card we looked at wasn't overclocked as much as the 768MB Cyclone from MSI. The Galaxy and Palit cards we then looked at afterwards instead had clocks so much higher. Until today we didn't have a chance to really see what the difference between the 768MB version and the 1GB version was on a more even keel."
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