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On a newegg review, they said they could use rivatuner to unmask units and change the bus width to 256 bit and 384 bit. I know, XFX states it's a 256 bit card, but it doesn't ship 256 bit apparently, and you need to tweak it to enable it.
How could i do this in rivatuner? Someone tell me if it is worth it, and would it boost my game FPS?

Now, for OC'ing, since 4 chips are covered by the heatsink and the other 4 chips are on the back, memory can't really be OC'd without artifacts. The core's ROP and shader domain's can be WAAAY OC'd and get another good 100-150 FPS(Already getting 380+, OC would get me 500+) in ATI tool's 3D viewer. Crysis runs GREAT on this card, averaging 16 FPS, high settings, 1024x768, 4x AA. Medium gets a butter smooth 27 FPS average, and low gets a melted butter smooth (of course) 60 FPS average.

Eventually i will get the VF700 Coppper from newegg and see if OC'ing will be better, i am sure it will, it's that the stock cooling looks so cool in my case, The stabilizer bar will allow for a good heatsink, and the VF700 comes with ramsinks too, so that's good.

Finally, if anyone could tell me or link me somewhere that would help me enable 256 bit mode...Apparently it is capable of this mode.
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Somebody on newegg is smoking some serious crack.

All 8600 cards have a 128-bit memory bus. It is physically impossible to change this, it is basically 'baked-in' to the card. And there hasn't been a card that you could change any of the cards characteristics besides clock speeds using rivatuner (or any other tool) since I believe the ati x800 series (DX9, SM2.0). For nvidia, the last card you could 'unlock pipelines' on was the 6800.

You got clock speeds to play with buddy, that's it on those cards. Sorry.

And also, I can't remember seeing an nvidia card with memory chips on the back in a LONG time. Are you sure about that part?
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Yeah, it's a 512 MB card and it's kinda small, bit bigger than the GT. 4 on the back, 4 on the front under the heatsink.

If someone on newegg is smoking crack then why does XFX insist this card has a 256 bus??
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Yeah, it's a 512 MB card and it's kinda small, bit bigger than the GT. 4 on the back, 4 on the front under the heatsink.

If someone on newegg is smoking crack then why does XFX insist this card has a 256 bus??
Show me where they say that?
    
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And there hasn't been a card that you could change any of the cards characteristics besides clock speeds using rivatuner (or any other tool) since I believe the ati x800 series (DX9, SM2.0).
Sorry to go a bit off topic, but what exactly COULD you do with an x800 series card? I have one of those and I haven't seen anything different I could do with them.
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Check out this link, a little ways down you'll see the confusion explained ...

http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=451541
    
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Sorry to go a bit off topic, but what exactly COULD you do with an x800 series card? I have one of those and I haven't seen anything different I could do with them.
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=108470
    
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Ok thats why I couldn't do anything....I have an x850 PE, which already had everything unlocked to begin with.

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