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Thread: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?




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    Talking Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

    I've read some people flash their 9800 Pro Bios to a 9800 XT? I have a vague idea what that means, but then again im new to this stuff.
    (Note: I havn't bought the card yet.)

    1) What exactly does Flashing a Bios do?

    2) How would I go about flashing a bios? is there any good guides?

    3) in www.newegg.com this card is listed as a pro is it? http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-368&depa=1
    CPU -
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz
    Mobo -
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    Memory -
    OCZ SLI-Ready 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
    GPU -
    EVGA 8600GT 256MB PCI Express x16
    Optical Drives -
    LITE-ON Black SATA Combo Drive,
    LITE-ON Black
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    Default Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

    Sapphire makes 128bit 9800 Pros, avoid them. Flashing the BIOS will not only set clockspeeds to XT levels by default, the card will also be recognised by windows, software, etc as a 9800XT

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    Default Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

    ic, ill definatly flash it. so i need to get a 256 bit 9800 pro
    CPU -
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz
    Mobo -
    Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9
    Memory -
    OCZ SLI-Ready 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
    GPU -
    EVGA 8600GT 256MB PCI Express x16
    Optical Drives -
    LITE-ON Black SATA Combo Drive,
    LITE-ON Black
    SATA DVD Burner
    H
    ard Drives -
    (2) Samsung
    HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

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    Default Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

    Flashing it makes it use te clock and memory speeds of the 9800XT, on top of a few core optimizations. However, not every card can flash. You'll need to make sure it's actually got an R360 core, which means you have to look at the core itself.

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    Default Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

    If you gunna go out and pay $200 for a 9800 pro, forget it and hit eBay. You can sometimes find 9800XT for $200 there. If you're willing to spend like $270, go to newegg and get the 6800
    -Case - Aspire X-Dreamer (Silver)
    -Processor - P4 2.8C OC 3.26GHz
    -Motherboard - Chaintech S865PE Socket 478 Intel® Pentium 4 800MHz FSB Intel 865PE + ICH5
    -RAMs - pqi TURBO (2 x 1GB) DDR400 Dual Channel 2.5-3-2-5
    -Graphic Card - HIS ATI 512MB X1650 Pro
    -Hard Drive - Western Digital 7200rpm 8mb cache (250gb)
    -CD Drive - NEC DVD-RW ND-2510A

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    Default Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

    YEa...9800XT for 200 on ebay, But keep in mind, there are people out there who knows about "flashing" 9800 pro to xts..and they sell it as XTs but really its a pro that well over heat and probably burn out. There is a slight chance of pro to xt to work..so i wouldn't bother..unless you have a r360 Core.

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    Default Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

    I would never buy electronics on Ebay, there's way too much funny business.
    Intel Pentium 4 2.53GHZ 533FSB
    1024MB PC-3200 DDR-SDRAM
    Sapphire Radeon 9800PRO 128MB
    Foxconn 865-PE6LS Motherboard
    Western Digital WD400BB 40GB, Western Digital WD600BB 60GB Hard Drives
    POWTEC Demon 480W PSU
    Dell UltraSharp 18001FP 18" LCD Monitor
    Windows XP Professional SP2

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    Default Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

    Quote Originally Posted by sr4470
    Sapphire makes 128bit 9800 Pros, avoid them.
    I have a saphire 9800 pro atlantis with 128 mb. The card overheats a lot, sometimes even while idle. How do I know for sure if it is 128 or 256 bit?

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    Default Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

    Aren't the memory timings looser in the XT? If so, it would be better to overclock the pro to XT settings or higher. The looser timings would hurt performance.

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