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Phenom II X4 for $99: Unlocking the X2 555 BE

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Posted February 7, 2010 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards
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Introduction

The other week saw several AMD chips released, and we found a couple to be very good overclockers and offer some great value for your money, particularly the Athon II X4 635. But there was one CPU noticeably absent from our tests: the Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition. Unfortunately, we were unable to test the chip at that time but we’ve got things ready to rock now and you’re in for a real treat today.

So let’s get right to it. How does a full-featured Phenom II Quad Core CPU for $99 sound? AMD’s new dual core hotrod, the X2 555 BE, is a special chip under the hood; in fact, it’s actually an X4 and just needs a bit of help to unlock those two extra cores for all the performance goodness you can dream about at bargain prices. Does AMD want this to become widely known? We’re not sure to be honest; on one hand, this could really spur a surge in sales but on the other hand it could poach their Phenom II X4 lineup. Either way, we successfully unlocked the X2 555 BE and we’ll tell you how today and show the resulting performance increase.

Not only that, but man did this chip overclock like a champ. 4.0GHz on air? Not a problem. Higher? Oh, now you’re talking.

Let’s take a closer look at the AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE and unleash the untapped power inside.

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