Regardless if they unlock 2 extra cores or not on that athlon, the chipset is still and will always be an Athlon series. NO Where does the athlon just magicaly become a phenom. More believable would be that an athlon II x2 becomes an athlon II x4 . Much like the Phenom II x2 can become the Phenom II x4! so what do i say about that.... They are 2 totaly different chipsets made completly different. The athlon is not a phenom and they are not even remotely related, they are physicaly built differently !! thats like taking a turd and putting it in a tootsie roll wrapper and calling it a tootsie roll!!! Its still a turd!
Wow, that was both rude and completely incorrect. :lol: For starters, look up the word "chipset" before you use it again. A chipset is found on a motherboard, not in a CPU.
Secondly, the 5000+ processor in question is not an Athlon-II, it's an Athlon X2. And it's not the Brisbane that was out years ago. It is, in fact, a neutered Phenom-II 940 that had the L3 cache locked and two cores disabled, plus being downclocked from 3.0GHz to 2.2GHz. Then they locked the multiplier (upward) and it was no longer Black Edition.
In any event, this processor and the unlocking results with it are very real. When unlocked, it shows up in CPU-Z as an "AMD Phenom FX-5000" and the core is shown as Deneb made on a 45nm die. Mine clocked back up to 3GHz on stock VCore and gave me both extra cores plus all 6MB of L3 cache.
But results of unlocking are hit and miss, just like with any other potentially-unlockable AMD chip. When I got this one, they were on sale for $35 shipped. So I bought two, a friend of mine bought two more, and another friend bought one. One of my two unlocked and the other did not. One of my friend's unlocked and the other didn't. And the second friend's did. So out of a sample of five, three were successfully restored to Phenom-II processors.
So next time you're calling a turd a tootsie roll (or whatever that was all about), you might want to do a little research before saying what's impossible and what isn't.