Originally Posted by Shadyf0o
[...]I have an AMD Phenom X4 quad-core; is there anything I can do to maximize the potential of the processor? I read something about unlocking the forth core. Is there anything besides overclocking that I can do to make my processor perform better? Would unlocking the fourth core be considered overclocking? Does it even need to be "unlocked?"
If it is a quad core, all the cores are unlocked. There aren't any unlocked cores to unlock.
Overclocking is when you adjust the frequency of some of the systems to run higher than specified by the manufacturer. Overclocking a 3GHz quad core CPU, for instance, would be when you configure your motherboard to run it at 3.2GHz, or any frequency higher than 3GHz.
The frequency of most systems on a computer are based off of a system clock. Many chips that use the system clock for reference will run at multiples of the system clock speed. When you increase the multiple that the CPU runs, for example, you are overclocking it.