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Ok, first off, if anyone has anything to add please do so. Second, I can not speak for the connect3d cards, only the HIS card I bought from newegg... I bought the normal version at newegg for 218 dollars, I believe the IceQ version is now the same price but I don’t know if they are the same board.

To edit your own bios and unlock 16 pipes do the following:

1.) Download HXD Hex editor from here http://mh-nexus.de/HxD.htm#whatsnew

2.) At line 00000070 find the key "19". Change it to "18"

3.) Save As> "New.rom"

4.) Open new.rom with RaBiT found at http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/283
*You will get an error "Bad bios?" > Click yes and continue working on it
Update: Rabit has come out with a 2.1 version which says it fixes a problem where memory timings were not being read correctly on x1800 and x1900 cards. After modifying a bios with the 2.1 version, I gained 300 points in 3dmark05 from the correct memory timings.

5.) Under "features" tab, change voltage to 1.2125

6.) Save As > New.rom > Yes to replace

7.) RE-OPEN new.rom with RaBiT. Under features tab set voltage to 1.38. You can save the bios and reopen it to apply more voltage but its best to test the bios before adding more juice. Simply by saving the bios, then opening it again in RaBiT, you can raise the core voltage by 10% each time. I brought mine up to 1.45V but ONLY because i have propper cooling.

Core speed is determaned by core voltage. 1.33 should do 625 625 no problem

EDIT: I have heard that IceQ versions can attain 700/800 no problem. Since I've posted this guide, I have only been able to get to 700/700 on my normal version. My suggestion for anyone thinking of buying one is to go with IceQ. ATITool aparently can offer vmem and vgpu control with a simple flash method.

Voltage control for IceQ versions:

First, download a sapphire XL Bios from techpowerup. Then create a text file containing the following:

atiflash -newbios -f -p 0 sapxl.bin
atiflash -f -p 0 gto.bin

Save as: "Flash.bat" <*WITH THE QUOTES*

Using ATITool 3.09, run the batch file simply by typing C:\\flash.bat (or wherever you placed it)

This method has worked for all IceQ version owners I have spoken to. You should now be able to control voltage for both mem and core via ATITool

Credit goes to Chron for this great guide!
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Get HIS XL BIOS.

Flash.

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is that all i have to do? you sure?
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I think your name says anything, since google is still an answer.
Also, not all X1800GTO's is unlockable, if any.

*EDIT*

Edited a spelling mistake
And yeah, possibly. Verify that it will run at XT/XL speeds first.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gonX
I think your name says anything, since google is still an answer.
Also, not all X1800GTO's is unlockable, if any.

*EDIT*

Edited a spelling mistake
And yeah, possibly. Verify that it will run at XT/XL speeds first.
All HIS versions of the GTO are unlockable.
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BTW-

Chances of having it work is pretty low since XL's have higher stock volts than GTO's.

Gimmie your BIOS and I can edit it for you. (And have it so that your card is a "GTO w/ 16 pipes" still and not considered a XL. So you feel special. )
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Pook
All HIS versions of the GTO are unlockable.
Oh really? Thanks.

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Pook
BTW-

Chances of having it work is pretty low since XL's have higher stock volts than GTO's.

Gimmie your BIOS and I can edit it for you. (And have it so that your card is a "GTO w/ 16 pipes" still and not considered a XL. So you feel special. )
I second this, this guy is truely a BIOS Boomer (As in tweaking them, not as in destroying them... cough cough).
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I second this, this guy is truely a BIOS Boomer (As in tweaking them, not as in destroying them... cough cough).


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ok i have updated this thread with the guide i found.
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More or less it. Editing with just a hex editor is hella easier, though, but they both get around doing the same thing.
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