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Hey, I've been thinking, would it be wise to flash my ATi X800XL? I've had it running colder than stock since day one with my Arctic Cooling Silencer 5 Re. 2 and Arctic Silver 5, so, it's in good condision. If I flash it how much of a performance boost would I see, also, is it worth it? What are the Pros and Cons to flashing... Thanks!
If I was to flash it and overclock it would I be able to play Oblivion at Medium-High (1280x1024) with a 2.8GHz AMD A64 4400+ and 2GB of OCZ EL PE DDR 600 Ram?

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If you're running with good cooling there's basically no con's to flashing, all you'll have is better performance, but more heat. The worry is that flashing doesn't always work, some cards with limited pipelines are like that because the rest are damaged and if you try to use them your card will be toast.

It's up to you, just be aware of the risk
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What are the riskes? Could my card stop working, I'll tell you guys my temps in my P180B once it arrives, at about 4:00PM today, I heard I could unlock 16 pipelines and make my X800XL as good as an X850XT, maybe even a XT PE.

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Bump. Pros and Cons to Flashing an X800XL? Will my temps increase by 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10C after I overclock? Will I see a big difference, proformance wise once I OC it?

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don't flash an x800xl. unfortunately comparing to stock speeds of everything its performance/price ratio is awesome. but on the XL there's basically no overclocking it. so if you flash your BIOS say goodbye to your card.
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Usually by about 5-10C and you will always see a performance boost with extra pipes. The only con really is that sometimes it wont flash. What brand is your card.
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It's an ATi GPU, not third party.
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Allways OC to speeds of the higher cards and make sure your card can handle them.
A flashed BIOS bassically keeps the card clocked at them speeds, so OC'ing is good indication.

Also look into unlocking pipelines etc under windows enviroment and make sure they work, i think there is something in ATI Tool that can tell you this.

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ATI's and HIS cards typically have a good chance of flashing.

Just be warned if you do decide to flash, it's your choice, dont blame me if it fails and you have to RMA the card
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Allways OC to speeds of the higher cards and make sure your card can handle them.
A flashed BIOS bassically keeps the card clocked at them speeds, so OC'ing is good indication.

Also look into unlocking pipelines etc under windows enviroment and make sure they work, i think there is something in ATI Tool that can tell you this.

Hope this helped.
So, I should overclock to the speed of an X800XT or X850XT and see if that works, and if it does, then flash it to get the 16 pipelines?
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