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post #1 of 130
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I was using a 6200tc when i found a guide to open more pixelpipelines that were actually on the board this is a mini tutorial to show you guys how to do this if you haven't already i will post my 3dmark06 stats at the end of this post

*What you need*
-Xfx 7600gt
-Rivatuner 2.0 (Google it)

Steps---
1install rivatuner and it might prompt you for some restarting just skip that you dont have to yet until you change the settings

2there are 2 main settings you can change, hardware or software(drivers) (forceware) what you want to look for is the top scroll menu and there will be a little triangle at the end under the scroll button

3click the triangle and a little menu will pop up showing you 6 little icons a graphics card, 3 monitors, 1 magnifying glass over a chip, 1 more monitor
click the first the graphics it will be labeled low-level system settings if you hold you mouse over it for a few seconds


4 tab at the top will be called NvStrap driver, what you want to do is click install at the bottom of that window that pops up, most all of the options will be changeable on the screen now the one thing you want is the bottom scroll menu which has the type of determined by vga bios change that to custom( ?pp, ?vp)


5 that should then enable the customize button under the scroll bar now click that and a list will appear with some check marks if there are any on the list with out a check next to them when they say vertex unit or pixel unit in the description then check them at the top right of that screen you will see the active (pp, and vp) in parentheses, when done press ok


6press apply at the bottom then exit the nvstrap driver box

7you will be prompted to restart when the settings were changed and you changed back to the main rivatuner menu and restart to have all 16pp to be enabled

8run 3dmark06 and you will see that theres a significant diffrence

my3dmark results

8pp-2959 marks
16pp-3866
that is a 79% increase for 2 mins of tweaking and it is FREE
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Pictures?
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post #3 of 130
Will this work for my setup do you know? I am trying it now so if you are not sure I will try to report back soon.
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post #4 of 130
Very hard for me to belive thisis possible.

This is a core that MAXXED at 12PP, so their is no headroom.

This is possibe on the NV40 and NV44, and ATI X8X0XX.
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post #5 of 130
Hmm, i could not unlock the extra pipelines on my 7600Gt, it allways sed 12pp after each reboot. Why did nvidia make the G73 core 16pp but leave a qaud disabled? and now there pushing an 80nm variant.
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Is there any way to enable this physically?
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you might be right on the 12pp thing but lemme restart in a little to see because mine said 16 also

mycard is the xfx 7600gt XXX edition i have no idea if that makes the diffrence but let me restart in report back ill make screenys asap
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post #8 of 130
Well I gave it a shot and got no real increase in performance. I am wondering however what "Allow enabling hardware masked units" checkbox does? I says that checking it may cause per. damage .
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well i restarted and i still have 16pixelpipelines enabeled this will increase proformance somewhat its up to you bascially its giving your card 1/3 more pixel pipelines that it has run 3dmark06 before and after its a definate increase and its free it says it maycause damage but time will tell that and it says may so it may not too its just a guide im not forcing anything on you guys just take it or leave it
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post #10 of 130
I am not worried about damage thats what RMA is for lol. But I am curious about that checkbox I asked about. Is yours checked or unchecked in the NVstrap driver window?
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