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    Quote Originally Posted by dude281
    AND, only the chips with the L shaped memory sticks can be modded. basically only the 9500 NON PRO 128 MB, w/ L shaped memory modules can be modded. you can buy already modded 9500's on ebay.
    I don't mean to mod the grahic card... what I'm doing is just changing the drivers
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    Quote Originally Posted by dude281
    well it seems like any 9500 you buy, you can mod but with my luck ill buy one you cant mod. grrrrr. anyone know where i can get a 9500 I CAN MOD???
    Your chance of finding a 9500 NON PRO 128MB RED PCB with L shaped memory chips is next to nothing. Settle for the Pro.

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    what do you mean L shaped chips.
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    There are chips above the GPU, and down the side, in the shape of an L around it.

    The newer revision has them all in a line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner
    Your chance of finding a 9500 NON PRO 128MB RED PCB with L shaped memory chips is next to nothing. Settle for the Pro.
    so youre saying i can just go out and buy a 9500 pro from anywhere and theres pretty close to a 100% chance i can turn it into a 9700 PRO?
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    heres a link explaining the issue. it gives the best card to mod (non pro) http://reviews.designtechnica.com/guide12.html
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    ok i made a crappy picture showing the L shaped memory chips. hopefully those are the memory chips, cause im just guessing that thats what those are.
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    my card is red with L shape memory!
    there are many bugs in the ATI card driver even they develop the CATALYST!
    I found a bug of the card even it didn't mod. I use a software(FLUENT)to calculate a air flow status in a pipe. but when I finished it I found it couldn't display and the the computer lost all the data! that spend a week to get ,you know !
    how angry I am!

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    First of all the 9500 (non pro) 128 MB version uses the same PCB (Print board) as the 9700 non pro/pro. When the last 4 pipelines are enabled on the 9500 it will be a 9700 effectively. I successfully did this conversion on a Sapphire 9500 Atlantis by using the Omega KX ATI driver (www.omegadrive.com). It has an optional built in 9500/9700 hack.

    It has to be the 128MB version with the L-shaped memory configuration. This card is basically out of production and it might be difficult to find. Some of the cards (like the one I bought) have a faulty core. By that I mean that one or more of the pipelines you enable through the hack is faulty. (9700 chips that didn't pass the control??). The end result is a checkerboard effect in the picture.

    You can still find these cards in places where they have some left in stock. If the hack doesn't work you are basically left with a fairly expensive and not-so-fast card. 9500 = 4 pipelines/128bit memory (256bit with all 8 pipelines enabled). 9600 PRO = 8 pipelines 128bit memory. If you wanna take a shot but risk having to return the card (like I did) it could be worth it. My friend with the Sapphire managed to get 16000 points in 3DMark01 with it. Otherwise get the 9600PRO.

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    while the 9600 pro overclocks like crazy, an overclocked 9500pro wins some benchies.. but you'll be happy either way. I for one am waiting for the RedAi 9600pro to come out with their WIRELESS TV-Out peripheral. And these cards come in already ~10%? OC'ed and of course with their silver PCB for cooling.

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