Radeon 9500 Pro: To overclock or not to?

By on December 19, 2002, 2:07 PM
Our buddies over at the [H] [URL=http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=NDA5]have concluded that[/URL] it's not possible to overclock your 9500Pro or 9700 amateur without modifications.

Increasing or decreasing the clock of the card brought anomalies... A hex value in the BIOS was the limiting factor, so "all" that you need to do is to reflash the card with the modified BIOS and you are ready to go...

Probably ATI are doing this to prevent 9700 amateur buyers from getting a Pro out of their card ([URL=http://www.techspot.com/tweaks/geforce4-vmod/index.shtml]like what is possible with Nvidias TI4200[/URL])

However it isn't good news for us overclockers though :(

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MrGaribaldi said:
Well, I don't think it'll be much of a problem in a couple of weeks.. Then most tweak sites should have good BIOS'es up for grabs without that limit...In the meantime, just visit the manufacturer of your card and download a BIOS for a 9700pro/9500pro... That should do the trick :)(Just remember to [b]back up[/b] the old BIOS before you flash!)
Per Hansson said:
Well, the thing is that flashing your BIOS is a dangerous undertaking.And should it go wrong it wont be covered under warranty, so OC:ing a 9500 is not for the averge Mr. Joe who plays games and surf the web...
running said:
Did Nvidia also pull this trick?
Per Hansson said:
Nvidia hasn't followed but they probably will since they saw what happened to their TI4400 range of chips(Everyone bought a TI4200 and OC:ed it past TI4400 speed...)
Unregistered said:
I'm running my 9500 pro at 320/300 :)3d chipset.com has the files to do so.
Pipe & Slippers said:
Could I use this great BIOS "upgrade" by Warp11 on my Connect3D Radeon 9500 Pro card ? (or is it just for ATI's home grown ones ?)Cheers
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