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Does anyone know if it's possible to unlock the other remaining shader cluster that Nvidia has disabled?

Will someone be able to find it through the BIOS with a hex editor? or is it confirmed that it is lasered cut?
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Not possible..

CHEERS..
     
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Originally Posted by KingT;14435130 
Not possible..

CHEERS..

Why is that?
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Yep, it can't be done. If it could've been, Nvidia would have sold them as 580s.
    
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Thread title made my penis move a little ... then I came in here and am now frown.gif
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Steven-1979;14435156 
Thread title made my penis move a little ... then I came in here and am now frown.gif

loled!

I can't find any articles giving proof that it has been lasered off, I do believe it's disabled in the BIOS, but no one has been able to find it though a hex editor.

They disabled it because of the heat, but I guees Nvidia never thought about aftermarket coolers or W/C
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomfix;14435135 
Why is that?

Because shaders are permanently disabled (laser cut or something like that)..

Extra 32 shader units cannot be activated via BIOS flash to GTX580..

I have heard that people have tested GTX480 with 580 BIOS,card does work but no extra shader joy as performance remain the same..
Quote:
Originally Posted by CL3P20;12186897 
Actually the 580 BIOS is crap. And you can flash a 580 to a 480.. we have done it. Power regulation changes drastically on the 580 afterwards though.. be prepared.




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@KingT, it says on the quote that, CL3P20 has flashed a GTX580 with a GTX480 BIOS, and that Power Redulation changed drastically on the GTX580 afterwards. (Doesn't mean anything to unlocking a 480 with it's extra shader cluster)

The GTX580's GPU is different to a GTX480 GPU, maybe that's why it didn't work.
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post #9 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomfix;14435178 
They disabled it because of the heat, but I guees Nvidia never thought about aftermarket coolers or W/C

lol are you serious? Thats a freaking tragedy if true
    
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The main reason i'm guessing is because of thermal issues. Remember this card already was one of the hottest cards where load temps by defaults were 91C...
This is the threshold of safety and would need a newer cooler to help calm these nuclear reactors...
Hence, the vapor chamber cooling system was introduced with the gtx 580, and unlocked cores with optimizations everywhere...

the gtx 580 is your answer... to unlock the cores on that generation, would be catastrophic...
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