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Hey guys, I was wondering if either of the above are possible for this card, and had a couple questions. What's the difference between the two, overclocking and flashing, and how can I do one/both (if both can be done safely) on Windows 7 32bit? I was reading a guide but it said something about creating a floppy and I don't have a floppy drive or no anything much about floppy drives, and I got a tad confused because I wasn't actually just following the guide and doing what it says.

Anyways, thanks in advance for any information your able to provide =)
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Flashing is changing the bios/firmware, firmware is software on a chip.

Overclocking is increasing clockspeeds for better performance.

Nowadays you don't need to worry about flashing your GPU, unless it's well known that the physical card works better with a different bios. Some cards are simply electronically crippled versions of better ones, so, sometimes, a flash to that bios will "unlock" the crippled functions/horse power. Also, if someone knows their card is capable of a certain OC they'll flash their bios to include the actual OC speeds so they don't have to change them later on, this can be extremely dangerous for the card unless you know it to be an absolute fact that the hardware can handle it.

Bios flashing is usually done to other hardware such as a motherboard bios to fix errors or add new support, but, it's usually not necessary to flash a GPU bios.

You can OC that 9500, but it's safe to assume it's already at it's limit of what it supports and even a stable OC that resulted in a 1-2% performance increase would likely push the card past it's voltage, heat, stability limitations.

Also, your proc is already massively bottlenecking that 9500, so, even if you bought an army of the best video cards you wouldn't get a single frame more. And obviously an OC wouldn't result in higher performance either.
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 5/20/11 at 5:32pm
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+1, easily understandable and important information =) I have been doing some googling on overclocking and seen a program called RivaTuner recommended a couple times for overclocking and have a tutorial for using it to OC pulled up currently, any one against this? I also heard EVGA precision was recommended, but my card is an XFX so I don't know if it would work O.o so I just went with RivaTuner
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Glad I could help.

Re-read the post, was in the middle of editing it when you returned to the thread.

Riva-tuner is dead, there's nothing else I can say about it.

MSI-Afterburner is a great OC'ing tool, but I'm recommending you don't try to OC that card, as it won't result in higher performance even if you get a stable OC as your proc is already a massive bottleneck.
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Try MSi Afterburner, supports a generally large number of cards
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Thanks again guys, but dang :/ was really hoping for a free quick and slight performance increase while I get the cash for a new build xp is my processor really bottle necking the 9500? it is dual core o.O The 9500 just seems older to me than it actually is I suppose. Didn't think my CPU would bottle neck, thought I was gettin most of what I could from factory settings o.O
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Thanks again guys, but dang :/ was really hoping for a free quick and slight performance increase while I get the cash for a new build xp is my processor really bottle necking the 9500? it is dual core o.O The 9500 just seems older to me than it actually is I suppose. Didn't think my CPU would bottle neck, thought I was gettin most of what I could from factory settings o.O


Actually, are you using a laptop ? and you just have a 1920x1080 LCD attached to it ?
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With a low speed like that, lol yeah, of course it's gonna bottleneck..

Like always.. referring to the "your computer relates to a car"

Let's say it's like running your car on bicycle wheels

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Google in his case, I don't think a laptop is that "big"
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Google in his case, I don't think a laptop is that "big"

It almost looked as if the hardware was mislabeled in the sig, that's another aspect you have to consider when you see sigs that lack detailed information.

It almost seemed that he was using a laptop but had an LCD hooked up to it, but I checked the case, it's a mATX desktop, I've seen people put their laptop case in that category. And that lead me to think that 9500 was really a 9500m, but it's apparently a desktop, Had to clarify.
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Didn't think my CPU would bottle neck, thought I was gettin most of what I could from factory settings o.O
You only think you are, but, this is relative to what you're attempting to do with the system.

I'll put it this way, 6 year old single core procs went up to 4ghz and slightly higher.

But, if you're only playing extremely old games like WC3 and others then you're fine, although 1920x1080 is an extremely high res for those games and your proc. But, this doesn't mean you're playing them at that res, you might be lowering it, It's just assumed that you'd be using the native res.

This is assuming you're gaming at all, I don't know what you're doing with the system, and also your personal definition of acceptable performance likely differs than that of others.
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