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Okay, so I have this Gigabyte 560Ti OC. They clock their OC model at 900MHz, which I haven't had any problem with until Battlefield 3 was released. I've been using MSI Afterburner to clock my card down to the standard 822MHz. I was thinking that maybe I should find a BIOS for the non-OC version of this Gigabyte card and flash to that, so I don't have any problems in the future (ie doing a Windows reinstall and forgetting to downclock again)? I mean, this card obviously isn't completely stable at 900MHz, and I don't feel like going through an RMA. Would finding a non-OC BIOS and flashing to that be worth it, or do you guys think it would be too much of a risk to be worth it? I've never flashed a videocard BIOS before.

I'm also considering going 560 Ti SLI, in which case I'd be buying the non-OC Gigabyte model this time, so if I did flash to the non-OC version, I'd essentially have two of the same cards. Not that it would matter, since the OC card would automatically be clocked down to the non-OC card in that case, correct?
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I don't see any harm in doing that, no. Personally I prefer to have my cards 24/7 clocks flashed in my bios (as I do, in my case it's an overclock though) rather than having to rely on software to do so. This also puts them at the clocks I want while in CMOS (pre-Windows) or DOS or whatnot as well.

So I say go for it. Apparently gpu BIOS flashing in Windows has become pretty reliable, but I still personally recommend doing it in DOS. In either case I rec'd UNinstalling the drivers beforehand, and if you do the flash in Windows, do it in Safe Mode.
    
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Gigabyte has the latest BIOS updates here for your card.

Gigabyte GV-N560OC-1GI Version: 70.24.11.00.01 Date added: 2011-02-05
     
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I don't see any harm in doing that, no. Personally I prefer to have my cards 24/7 clocks flashed in my bios (as I do, in my case it's an overclock though) rather than having to rely on software to do so. This also puts them at the clocks I want while in CMOS (pre-Windows) or DOS or whatnot as well.

So I say go for it. Apparently gpu BIOS flashing in Windows has become pretty reliable, but I still personally recommend doing it in DOS. In either case I rec'd UNinstalling the drivers beforehand, and if you do the flash in Windows, do it in Safe Mode.
Yeah, that's a good point about CMOS and DOS and such. If I know for a fact that the card isn't completely stable at 900MHz I should probably stop it from ever being clocked that high, I would think. Even though Battlefield 3 seems to be the only thing that can stress it enough to make it unstable at 900Mhz.

Is there any way to flash lower clocks into the BIOS for my card, or should I flash to the BIOS of the non-OC Gigabyte 560 Ti model? I can't imagine there being a huge enough difference between the two to cause any harm?

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Gigabyte has the latest BIOS updates here for your card.

Gigabyte GV-N560OC-1GI Version: 70.24.11.00.01 Date added: 2011-02-05
Yeah, that's the BIOS my card has on it now.
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