AMD seems happy for you if you get a triple core and end up with a quad. Intel would be testifying in front of congress if you could unlock an i3 into an i5. There would be lawsuits. AMD could have cracked down on unlocking but didn't, which is why hell or high water, I will have at least one all AMD system (at all times).
I have had a long history with AMD, and their processors have always performed just fine, and day to day I never notice the difference. Even in gaming I rarely do (for what I do). AMD's where it's at for the price (and if they're free it's even better.... haha).
AMD is motherfucking awesome because they make a quality processor that may not be the motherfucking best, but the motherfucking price for motherfucking performance is better than the motherfucking competitors. Viva la 955!
price/performance can't be beat. owned nothing but AMD since the Althon 64 days. I can't believe how well they're able to keep up with Intel despite all the anti-competitive measures and tiny capital compared to Intel. Looking forward to Bulldozer!
I did love amd processors the older ones when they still competed well with intel but lately they been building using more silicon that run hotter and not as fast, but they sell it with razer thin profit margins so it still comes out as a good price it's just intel is whipping their asses and that makes me sad.