The computer is used strictly for gaming where I want the best absolute performance at all times. Windows 7 will park cores, and unpark them as needed. A lot of gaming forums recommend 'unparking' cores for a slight bump in performance. Most people seem to use a mod to help them do it quickly and cleanly ( link to mod: Coder Bag: Disable CPU Core Parking Utility ).
Regardless of whether performance is increased, is there any harm that I am doing to my processor by unparking those cores? My understanding from all the reading I've done suggests that the parking of cores is mostly just a power saver - and that there is no risk to unparking the cores. But, I'd like to ask the people who truly matter in this respect ... ie. Intel.