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Newbie question: 9800xt New Bios? Overclock?

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Hi all,

I am new here and have been reading this site quite a bit. I ran sisoft Sandra and it stated that my video bios was too old and I should update it. I am not sure where this can be done...I have checked the ATI site but have found nothing alluding to this. I googled and only found stuff on making a 9800pro into an XT. Is this something I should do? What are the benefits? It is the original card from when purchased. I have updated to the latest Catalyst Control Center though...

Which leads me to my next question....

The CCC allows for overdrive, however, there is only a mild increase on the MHZ to 419. It does not allow for mem to be overdriven if that makes sense.

Is there something I am missing? What are the bene's of overclocking the graphics card if any?

Thanks in advance !!!!!
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Sandra is wrong sometimes. Updating your videobios isnt necessary at all and you wont find new bioses on Ati's website.
Dont spend anymore time on it.

As for overclocking read before you start:
http://www.overclock.net/ati/26081-h...hics-card.html

In overclocking there are 3 things important:
1. Temperature of your card.
2. The clocks of your Core and Mem.
3. Artifacting (you dont want that, trippy lines or dots in your screen)

For overclocking use Atitool. By increasing the clockspeeds of your core and memory the card becomes faster. Its simple as that
Well in text it is, its pretty tricky in real life
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Thanks for the reply Juggernaut!

I have ceased my video bios pursuit as you have suggested. Card is running fine. I have been using ATI Tool to tweak it a bit. I am only running stock cooling so I dont push the card too much.

Right now I have a very stable system at 420 Mhz (GPU) and 380 Mhz (Mem)...temp stays around 50 in the absolute maximum when gaming hard. I may be investing in a cooler in a few weeks.

Take care!
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at 50 under load i am tempted to say you can push it a bit further but thats just me....i had an X800GTO that ran at about 65-70 coming off a game. also, my X1900GT runs at about 55-57 under load.
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