- Oct 3, 2007
This ought to sell a few Motherboards..ASUS and MSI have committed to putting tech into their AMD890 series motherboards that allows users to unlock hidden cores on Phenom CPUs. While the benefits are potentially huge, there are good reasons why they are hidden in the first place.
One of the major ways a semiconductor manufacturer manages to make the most of its chips is through binning. This is the process by which chips are performance tested, then assigned a product line according to how they respond. Chips able to cope with high clock speeds with all cores running end up as premium product lines, while others will end up as models rated at lower speed grades, or with fewer cores.