Summary: This mobo is awesome! Yes it has the feature to unlock cores on am3 processor that has them locked (example phenom x2) so that it can be a quad core. I ended up buying the athlon x4, which dont get me wrong still is a quad and still is fast, but for the same price I could have gotten the phenom and unlocked it. It would have been equivelent to a $200 quad. Only negative I had to manual set my ram speed to 1600. It auto clocked my 1600 ram to 1333.
Summary: Quick review: Solid motherboard, great value for the money, quick and easy installation, power and reset buttons on the board, tons of overclocking options, wonderful capabilities. The perfect motherboard for everyday computer usage and even some gaming. It saves you money by having onboard graphics, and is capable of playing HD videos and basically doing everything that you expect from a powerful budget computer. Detailed review: I am not a gamer.
Summary: I paired this product with the AMD Phenom II X4 965 chip, which is quad core and runs at 3.4 Mhz. It is installed in an Antec 300 case with 550w power supply, 8 Ghz DDR3 and Windows 7 Professional. Features: - The board has lots and lots of I/O. ESATA, USB, Firewire 400, HDMI, VGA and DVI outputs, LAN, single Optical sound port, and six sound connectors.