ASUS Announces Exclusive CPU Core Unlocking Technology

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News Posted: Mon, Mar 8 2010 2:11 PM

Asus Extreme Design Contest Winner Showcase at CES 2010ASUS Leads Again with Exclusive CPU Core Unlocking Technology

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO Series Motherboards transform various AMD dual and tri-core processors into performance shredding Quad Cores!

Fremont, California -- ASUS continues its innovation leadership with the first AMD 890GX based motherboards featuring SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, and exclusive core unlocking technology.  Additionally, as part of the Xtreme Design line-up, the M4A89GTD PRO Series delivers exceptional reliability and performance.

A Simple Way to Boost Performance with Core Unlocker
Previous generation solutions relied on AMD’s Advanced Clock Calibration (ACC) technology for core unlocking and did not always unlock the core and cache intelligently.  With the removal of ACC from the newly introduced 890GX chipset, ASUS’ new Core Unlocker Technology intelligently scans the installed processor to properly determine which cores and cache can be unlocked*.  In seconds you can maximize your system performance and tackle those intensive processing applications with ease.

Users can determine how to implement this innovative technology by sliding a switch on the motherboard, changing a BIOS setting, or simply pressing the “4” key when the machine first starts.  Core Unlocker makes it simple thanks to ASUS’ award winning Turbo V EVO hardware and software.  The M4A89GTD PRO Series also features enhanced overlocking performance, auto-tuning technology, improved power savings, and class-leading cpu/chassis fan controls with our exclusive Fan Expert software.

“ASUS is proud to continuously provide unique performance options such as TurboKey II for easy overclocking, GPU Boost, and Core Unlocker via our award-winning Turbo V EVO solution.” said Timothy Lin, Motherboard Product Manager. With the M4A89GTDPRO /USB3 ASUS has engineered the best experience possible for AMD platform users.”

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Nice, im not a good overclocker so this easy overclocking and unlocking is for me :P

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 6:30 PM

This is an awesome board. I really hope this gets other OEM's on the sata3 usb3 usage model. They are very efficient compared to the current sata2 usb2 equipment available. Not to mention enabling faster computing as well as more mobile computing through those 2 new platforms.

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Good concept, Yet with so many MB's out there. I wonder what they will come out with next week?

I am still looking for that one MB too rule them all!?!

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Is this really a good idea? I mean, sure, unlocking it for manual overclocking is nice, but one thing to keep in mind is that AMD's triple-core chips are really quad-core chips with one core disabled because of instabilities or manufacturing errors. I've heard of some motherboards being able to unlock these cores, but hopefully this isn't what they're talking about here.

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