Friday, April 16th 2010

Phenom II X4 960T ''Zosma'' Unlock to Phenom II X6

AMD's upcoming series of Phenom II X4 900T series that supports AMD Turbo Core technology, and which are based on the "Zosma" die, have been confirmed to be able to unlock both its manufacturer-disabled cores to work as a six-core processor. Zosma is a "cut-down" version of AMD's Thuban six-core die, where two of its cores are disabled. With the remaining four cores, two can function with increased clock-speeds in boost-state as Turbo cores (3/6 could on the X6 chip).

The core unlocking is said to have been done on an AMD 890GX chipset based motherboard, in the same way disabled cores on Phenom II X3 and X2 chips are unlocked. One of the first models based on Zosma are the Phenom II X4 960T and X4 940T, which operate at 3.30 GHz and 3.00 GHz, respectively. Their Turbo Core speeds are up to 500 MHz over clock speeds, depending on the model. The X4 T-series could form AMD's mainstream processor in the sub-$200 range.Source: OCWorkbench
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120 Comments on Phenom II X4 960T ''Zosma'' Unlock to Phenom II X6

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Many Thanks to cdawall for sending this in.
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#2
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Hehe of course I found this
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#3
AlienIsGOD
O snap!! MOAR Cores !! I really think AMD has a winner on thier hands in these X4's. If unlocking ratio is good, these X4 will sell like hotcakes..
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#4
MikeX
960T the new 550BE
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#5
cool_recep
Wow man. From 2 cores to 4 cores was good but with 6 cores, my e-penis will be 6 feet longer anymore. w00t

Seriously good.
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#6
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
Any information on exactly which AMD 8 series boards were used in the source?
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#7
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: JrRacinFan
Any information on exactly which AMD 8 series boards were used in the source?
The asus and asrock have core unlocking from what has been said so far but others may have it...
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#9
Steevo
3.3Ghz with a 500Mhz clock increase? triple core 3.8Ghz from the factory......


Sounds like a very overclockable chip..... I need one. Not that i do anything really that my CPU can't handle, but I just need it.
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#11
[Ion]
WCG Team Assistant
Any chance of unlocking on a 785G?
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
by: [Ion]
Any chance of unlocking on a 785G?
i'd say definitely yes.


i'm gunna buy one, see if it unlocks, and if not... well, its gunna work nicely in my media PC until i go AMD on my main
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#13

Wonderful ,,

Keep it up AMD ;)
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#14
naoan
I wonder if its able to turbo if it unlock, just wondering as even if it won't it's still a very nice "feature". :laugh:

and wow, sub-$200? (both of them? for real?) get that Intel!
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#15
Baam
by: cdawall
The asus and asrock have core unlocking from what has been said so far but others may have it...
Nice. I think the MSI 890GX also has core unlocking with a bios update.
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#16
Tartaros
Also the prices are great, you can do a great system with almost no money compared to intel. I recently purchased a new amd system and I'm very impressed.
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#17
Mussels
Moderprator
by: naoan
I wonder if its able to turbo if it unlock, just wondering as even if it won't it's still a very nice "feature". :laugh:

and wow, sub-$200? (both of them? for real?) get that Intel!
that would depend on how good a chip you get.

Like, i'm sure many of these 'quads' are the ones that work fine as 6 core chips, just that they cant clock up right in turbo.. so hey, turn the FSB down a few MHz and it might go stable.
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#18
Kantastic
by: cdawall
Hehe of course I found this
Why was I not surprised? You seem to have all these wonderful chips that can unlock & clock to 4GHz, which is not an easy feat for an AM3 C2 chip. :laugh:
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[Ion]
WCG Team Assistant
by: Mussels
i'd say definitely yes.


i'm gunna buy one, see if it unlocks, and if not... well, its gunna work nicely in my media PC until i go AMD on my main
So these Thuban-based chips do have DDR2 memory controllers, right?
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#20
suraswami
by: [Ion]
So these Thuban-based chips do have DDR2 memory controllers, right?
I believe the answer is 'Yes'.
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#21
[Ion]
WCG Team Assistant
by: suraswami
I believe the answer is 'Yes'.
Awesomeness!
I see what might be a new b-day upgrade for my rig :cool:
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#23
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: Kantastic
Why was I not surprised? You seem to have all these wonderful chips that can unlock & clock to 4GHz, which is not an easy feat for an AM3 C2 chip. :laugh:
I have a lot of fun chips and all c1 and c2 chips can do 4ghz it depends on the person clocking them
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#24
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: cdawall
I have a lot of fun chips and all c1 and c2 chips can do 4ghz it depends on the person clocking them
:laugh: I hate to say it, but you are very right.

by: Steevo
3.3Ghz with a 500Mhz clock increase? triple core 3.8Ghz from the factory....
I do not beleive the 960T will hit 3.8 on turbo, just 3.6. The 940T should hit 3.5ghz.
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#25
naoan
by: Mussels
that would depend on how good a chip you get.

Like, i'm sure many of these 'quads' are the ones that work fine as 6 core chips, just that they cant clock up right in turbo.. so hey, turn the FSB down a few MHz and it might go stable.
Well seeing some (many?) of the unlockable past Phenom/Athlon II were showing all sort of quirks I'm expecting this one will too, let's just hope Turbo is not one of the thing that goes awry. :)
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