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[en-Hardspell] 9600GSO flashed to 8800GT

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The guys at hardspell have managed to flash a cheap 9600GSO to a 8800GT (tho a 128sp GT).

They took a Galaxy GSO that has 8 ram chips on the PCB - this means that the 9600 GSO card they had was actually a 512MB card physically, although the 9600GSO is a 192bit bus card with a 384MB of ram readable by the bios (thus with only 6 ram chip adressable by default).

Since the card had 8 ram chips in sted of 6 it seemed it can be flashed to unlock the rest of the memory and the rest of the shader processors, and by doing that they got a 10% improvement in 3DMark2006.

The article with far fewer details is here.

What do you think? If it's for real, for 100$ we can actually purchase what effectively is a 8800GTS 512MB (128sp) or why not a 9800GTX... looks too good to be true.
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Wow...
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I can finally use this key on my keyboard...



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post #4 of 63
No way.
post #5 of 63
If it's true, it could be the best flash mod since the X800GTO =D
post #6 of 63
I think they showed that a 9600GSO performed worse than the 9600GT because of the 192-bit bus that it had. In that case, what would flashing to an 8800GT really achieve?

Here you can see that the 9600GSO really falls short and 3dmark06 isn't a vram intensive application.

Edit: Also, I don't know what kind of crappy drivers they are running there because my 9600GT is getting over 11k
post #7 of 63
Still isn't comparable to the 8800 GT is it?
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post #8 of 63
sounds pretty intersting
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post #9 of 63
Pretty amazing, but the 192 bus really hurts it.
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post #10 of 63
Impossible, the core's are laser etched, so the extra shaders are either cut or destroyed.

Maybe unlock the memory, but I think that is iffy, plus it would still be on a 192 bit bus.
    
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