Radi Takes WPrime 32M and 1024M Global 1st Places… for Penta-Core CPUs!

French overclocker Radi has just posted two submissions that are Global 1st Places for Wprime 32M and Wprime 1024M using an unlocked AMD Phenom II X4 960T, a processor that first appeared in late 2010 that included hidden cores that could, with some luck and a sense of adventure, become five core, or penta-core chips.

Yesterday Radi managed to get an unlocked, penta-core Phenom II X4 960T to hit a massive 6,383MHz (+112.77%) to break the 5x CPU Global 1st Place on Wprime 1024M with a run of 2min 26sec 578ms. Clearly not satisfied with this he pushed it even further to hit 6,550MHz (+118.33%) and complete a 32M run in just 4sec 547ms. Well done Radi!

Of course the cool thing about these chips is that they were in fact derived from octa-core chips that had one or more cores damaged or faulty upon manufacture. AMD simply switched off the cores that were not fully formed and sold the resulting processors as a quad core chips. Of course the beauty from an overclocking perspective was that the application of a little guile allowed you to turn a quad core chip into a penta-core chip. Free cores equals free performance – the cornerstone of overclocking.

Just as a side note: We’re all familiar with quad-core CPUs, octa-core CPUs and will soon become acquainted with deca-core processors too, but to come across a five-core chip today head somewhat. I’m going out on a limb to describe the CPU used by Radi as a penta-core CPU – the only prefix I can think of that is remotely applicable. If you disagree or have any contradictory thoughts, chime in below.

Don’t forget you can check out the Radi Wprime 32M score here, plus the 1024M score here.

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