AMD's introduction of the Athlon XP processor a very important
change was made to the infamous L1 bridges. This change consisted
of a deep ravine drilled between the bridges so that the tried
and true pencil trick no longer worked in unlocking the multipliers
on the Athlon XP. Connecting the L1 bridges just became a lot
more complicated requiring more than just a pencil.
gaps in between the bridges are now make the pencil trick impossible
however unlocking the processor itself is far from impossible,
just not as simple as it once was. HighSpeedPC
has sent us their kit specifically designed for unlocking AthlonXP
chips. Costing only $12 this kit is well worth the money as
you will be saving much more overclocking your chip rather than
buying a faster speed one off-the-bat.
vial all purpose CLEANING AGENT
1 vial non-conductive GAP FILLER
1 vial CONDUCTIVE GREASE
1 pin applicator
1 3x/6x Magnifying Glass
5 Tape tabs for masking/cleaning
kit obviously comes with everything needed to unlock your processor
quickly and efficiently. I personally like the instruction sheet
very much with this kit as it greatly details the steps that
need to be taken to unlock the Athlon XP.
was relatively easy though rather tedious as it took us three
tries before we were able to unlock our processor. In unlocking,
one must first place the supplied gap filler in between the
crevices of the L1 bridges, this can be easily done by blotting
a bunch on then scrapping it off with one's own fingers. The
conductive grease is then applied connecting each of the L1
bridges to the opposite bridge on the other side of the gap.
Connecting the bridges is by far the most difficult part of
the processes. The small pin applicator is not the most efficient
method of applying the grease in that we often had the bridges
cross and were forced to start over. The magnifying glass was
great to check our work.
this is an excellent well priced kit with enough applicator
grease and gap filler for more than one chip. While I would
like to see a more accurate and easier to use applicator than
the simple pin that was provided. That being my only gripe I
really liked this kit and HighSpeedPC
has done an excellent job with this one.
- 8.0/10 Performance - 7.0/10
Overall - 8.5/10