Originally Posted by Benny89
Can someone be so kind and brief me on this "shunt mod" and ASUS Bios? My STRIX Will be here tomorrow and I am aiming to at least try in bechmark to get 2100mhz.
Shunt mod is where you modify the power measurement resistors on the PCB to reduce their resistance. The GPU firmware limits board power by measuring the voltage drop across these resistors to calculate total power being consumed by the whole board (fans/LEDs included). Since these power measurement resistors are in series with the load, simply applying a lower resistance element (such as liquid metal) in parallel is enough to trick the power measurement. The surface tension of the liquid metal keeps the mod in place by itself. Don't get it on the solder because the gallium will weaken the tin and can cause the solder joint to fail.
BIOS mod is where you flash (overwrite) the stock BIOS with another one. In Maxwell, we could download our own card's BIOS and modify it at will, but with Pascal Nvidia has locked down on that. The ASUS mod is where we take the ASUS Strix BIOS and flash it onto the Founder's Edition (or other cards maybe). This is done to take advantage of the Strix BIOS's higher power limit, but you end up with a different board's BIOS on your card. This can cause ports to be disabled and strange behavior. Need more vetting, but a few people have gotten it to work.
But since you already have the Strix coming in, you don't really need to do either one.Edited by Exilon - 4/4/17 at 12:54am