Fudzilla: "Following fourth core unlock reports. Demand for AMD three-core Phenom II chips is on the rise, following reports that the fourth core on many units can be activated after fiddling with some bios settings."
There is no need to buy a 3 core processor for 160 bucks when you can buy a 2.9 ghz dual core for 70. You can overclock any processor especially an amd 5600 to 3.5 ghz or better with the right cooling solution. 3 cores might get a better score with vista but it makes no big deal if you use your rig strictly for gaming. http://www.newegg.com/Produ... . Dont believe me? There is the link.
People should opt for quad-core now anyway.
quad-core is core 2 duo duo, [core-core]-[core-core] so it's not real four cores CPU, three-core Phenom is core-core-core which in theory should have been better than quad-core but the quality of AMD products wasn't quite too good recently, so until the real next-gen multiple core CPU comes, i'll stick to my high end core 2 duo CPU, well it shouldn't take too long seeing how fast technology moves.
The last time I knew the 3core Phenoms started off as quads. A certain percentage of them had only 3 functioning cores. So instead of recycling those malfunctions, AMD sold those for less and put them in laptops since they use less power than the quads. I could be wrong though.
Im a pc gamer, and quad cores are not mainstream when it comes requirements for pcs. As a matter of fact, their has actually been issues related to gamers having quad cores and it actually being a problem with some pc games. I know things should get better real soon, but I would say that quad cores will be mandatory in about 2 years or more. All you need is a high end dual core and you should be fine even 3 or 4 years from now. Waiting will be beneficial to anyone who wants a quad core anyways. They will be far cheaper in the future.
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