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Can anyone walk me through how to flash? I'm a complete idiot and every video I find on Youtube seems to be detailing some rom for tablets...
And a quick question: is it possible to flip the bios switch while Windows is all booted up and should I have it on the LN2 bios when trying to flash to 3A?

Flashing is VERY easy. Firstly, you'll want to download the target bios. Ensure that you are on LN2 bios by checking in GPU-Z or MSI Afterburner. Download nvflash and extract its content to the C drive. Also, put the target bios in C drive. Be sure to rename target bios to something simple that you can remember like "F8bios" or "3Abios". Hit start button, type "cmd", right click on cmd icon and run as administrator. In the cmd screen, type "nvflash -b backup.rom" as this will make a copy of your current LN2 bios should something happen after the flash you can flash back to the factory bios. Type "nvflash -4 -5 -6 BIOSname.rom. Wait for it to finish. Reboot and enjoy!

You can also do it with an msdos usb drive thumb.gif
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GTX680 DC2 TOP is alot better than Lightning when you do some hotwire mod, like me smile.gif

Got a stable 1407 at 1.4v
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Originally Posted by NBAasDOGG View Post

GTX680 DC2 TOP is alot better than Lightning when you do some hotwire mod, like me smile.gif
Got a stable 1407 at 1.4v

Some Lightnings do this with software thumb.gif

Plus I can only imagine how many have bricked their cards attempting this modification
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GTX680 DC2 TOP is alot better than Lightning when you do some hotwire mod, like me smile.gif
Got a stable 1407 at 1.4v

Check my overclock and some other s -they did better than me.. and you smile.gif
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I'd rather have software voltage control rather than taking a chance at messing something up with a hardmod
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Oh yes. Even at over 1.4v I only hit around 100% Power usage, and I always put the slider around 150-200% just for the hell of it. And I always make sure I close everything I can before a bench run. GPU usage is always at 0% for a good few seconds before I run any benches so I can make sure there's not a program running in the background fluctuating the usage.
I think the last time I ran 1480/7200 I was using the 304.xx betas. Do the latest WHQL drivers really add ~500pts to GPU Score?

I dont think it will add another 500pts, actually I didnt see the latest driver improve anything. My Powertarget reach like 180-185 at the frequence of 1474Mhz and 1.375v. You should put the powertarget at max, to see if that makes a difference.

I scored higher than your score at only 1438MHz http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4485720 -
screenshot, and that was with the FM approved driver, so something is wrong with your system.


/qwwwizx

Your Power % hit 180%?? Look at the pic I have in my photo album for my best run. 1480/7200. It was barely getting over 100%. I don't know where there would be a problem. And I've always had similar scores to mostly everyone else at lower clocks since I can remember, so, not sure why higher-clocked run is so different. You can see in the pic there wasn't any throttling though. You sure you get 180% Power usage?
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Will be installing this card tomorrow night with my new build. Any kind of first-timer tips I should know or do after or during installation? Might be a stupid question as I am kind of new to this, but I just want to cover all my bases.

Just throw it in and reinstall the drivers. You'll have to again when you switch to the LN2 BIOS for the first time (flip the switch to the right on the card when the computer is completely shut down). Then, just grab Afterburner 2.2.3 after reading up on a basic overclocking guide and you're good to go. Reading through this thread also helps, will give you a good idea of what to expect and also tips/problems others have already come across.
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GTX680 DC2 TOP is alot better than Lightning when you do some hotwire mod, like me smile.gif
Got a stable 1407 at 1.4v

Uhm, i can run 1480 with 1.35v on my Lightning 100% stable with no artifacts rolleyes.gif And 1300 with stock voltage..
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GTX680 DC2 TOP is alot better than Lightning when you do some hotwire mod, like me smile.gif
Got a stable 1407 at 1.4v

I'm sure you're right. I have a RIVE but (1) I have no interest in modify my video cards as I turn around and sell fairly often to upgrade and (2) from what I understand you can only hotwire a maximum of two cards on the RIVE. I'd like to run 3 or more. Please correct me if I'm wrong on this last point. I've never been able to find a definitive answer.
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GTX680 DC2 TOP is alot better than Lightning when you do some hotwire mod, like me smile.gif
Got a stable 1407 at 1.4v

Uhm, i can run 1480 with 1.35v on my Lightning 100% stable with no artifacts rolleyes.gif And 1300 with stock voltage..

Damn. Awesome card. I can run 1350mhz at stock voltage but I need 1.42v for 1480/7200, although I don't know what I'd need if I kept the memory at the stock speed. What is your memory overclock when running 1480mhz core @ 1.35v?
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Is that 1350MHz on LN2 bios with voltage maxed out?
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I'd rather have software voltage control rather than taking a chance at messing something up with a hardmod
Your Power % hit 180%?? Look at the pic I have in my photo album for my best run. 1480/7200. It was barely getting over 100%. I don't know where there would be a problem. And I've always had similar scores to mostly everyone else at lower clocks since I can remember, so, not sure why higher-clocked run is so different. You can see in the pic there wasn't any throttling though. You sure you get 180% Power usage?
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I reach 184% at 1.375v and 1478MHz. Did you try AB 2.2.4? I think there are some bugs in 2.2.3 that might be the issue.

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