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post #1 of 11
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So, let me start off by saying that I plan on taking this thing to its ABSOLUTE limits. If it frys, so be it.

Ok, I have absolutely no Electrical Engineering experience at all.

I understand I need to take pictures of the front and back of it for you guys to fully grasp what you are looking at, so here they are...


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post #2 of 11
up6161 pin 4 is FB pin 7 is ground. Measure the resistance between the marked pins on each IC & multiply by 20 for vr to use.

Edit, changing the pic, if the circled areas are connected to caps on the front I would try there for vmeasure points.


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post #3 of 11
There are two 6161 chips on that PCB. Not sure which one is for what. Though here is the data sheet for the IC

FTW~I see you noticed that as well and marked them on the pic. Do you know which one is for what?
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post #4 of 11
Not sure which is which, have to get the measure points down & that should clear it up.
    
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post #5 of 11
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Ok, they are both connected to circle things with what looks like copper wire wrapped around them.

I have seen much larger versions in a PSU before, I think the circle is composed of a ceramic of sorts, and the "wire" is indeed copper. (Got bored and decided to pull a PSU apart, took the wire and burned it, it burned green.)

So I should buy;
Multi-Meter
Electrical tape
Cooler of some sort(plan on fashioning one out of an OCZ vindicator, beast mode, I know.)
Silver conductive pen?

Anything else?
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post #6 of 11
Those should work to measure the voltage.
First you would need a multi meter, measure the voltages at stock (the one around 2 volts would be the memory), then with the card out of the PC & unpowered measure the resistance between the 2 pins on each IC.
Take each resistance measurement & multiply it by 20 to get the size of the VR (variable resistor) you need (if it is an oddball # get the bigger vr, eg measure 1.4K x 20 = 14K use a 20K vr) & dial it in to your # between the middle & 1 of the outer legs, then solder it in to the pins on the IC.
So you will need a multi meter, soldering iron, & a couple of variable resistors. Some super glue to hold the vrs to the card & a better than stock cooler is definitely recommended.
To keep the soldered connections in place I generally use liquid electrical tape or kneadable eraser, people also use tape & hot glue etc. Just to keep the connections from getting accidentally pulled when handling the card afterwards.
    
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post #7 of 11
The mod seems a piece of cake...
Anyway u can try modding only one chip and observe which voltage rises.
Would be either vmem or vgpu,then mod the other too!
    
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post #8 of 11
i too have the same msi nx 8400 gs 512 mb.
can any one tell me where to pencil shade it. thanks
post #9 of 11
You would have to use a multimeter & test for continuity between the mod point & the resistors nearby to find the resistor to shade.
    
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post #10 of 11
do you know by chance where to pencil in the above picture . thanks for the quick response
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