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It's not difficult at all, and you can flash back with a second card, even if it were fully bricked...

Again, just another option.
You don't like it? Fine, then don't do it, but don't crap on it becuase it's not what you like.
The only issue I had with your posts is that flashing the bios is not very practical these days especially for a new member and how easy AB is to use. It works well with crossfire cards (keep clocks synced) and I didn't have any issues getting two 5850's running at 1000/1200.

And I did have my 5850 flashed to the Asus bios for overclocking (this was when the 5850s were new and it was the only way to get rid of the limit in AB). Its not necessary and any more I don't think its worthwhile at all.

What if OP doesn't have a second card lying around to reflash if the card gets bricked down the road? Its just a pain in the ass all the way around compared to using AB.

edit: but you still provided good info so its all good. I just think OP should try AB before flashing.
Edited by sexybastard - 12/22/10 at 2:10pm
post #22 of 51
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All your recommendations are appreciated. Everyone was just giving me all the options possible so I can make my own educated decision. Thank you all for presenting me with all options. For me, being new at overclocking GPU's, I will just try raising the voltage in AB and see how everything goes from there. It is very nice information to know about flashing the GPU's.

Oh, and for some reason I can't adjust the voltage on the card. The area is just grayed out. I do have a reference card and the box in the settings option for "unlock voltage control" is checked???
Edited by charlesC8188 - 12/22/10 at 2:16pm
post #23 of 51
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The only issue I had with your posts is that flashing the bios is not very practical these days especially for a new member and how easy AB is to use. It works well with crossfire cards (keep clocks synced) and I didn't have any issues getting two 5850's running at 1000/1200.

And I did have my 5850 flashed to the Asus bios for overclocking (this was when the 5850s were new and it was the only way to get rid of the limit in AB). Its not necessary and any more I don't think its worthwhile at all.

What if OP doesn't have a second card lying around to reflash if the card gets bricked down the road? Its just a pain in the ass all the way around compared to using AB.
He does have a second card, but I can understand your point (still shouldn't limit presented options though).
If MSI AB works just fine then that's terrific I've no aversions to it, nor is it really my decision.

Personally I don't like being reliant on software to manage my hardware settings (just as you would with CPU clocks).

I was looking for a way to OC my 5850s without dealing with software constantly for it.

Flashing them was a good alternative in my case; fully modding the BIOS being the end goal.
2d/3d voltages/clocks, fan profiles etc all on a custom BIOS that won't be affected if I need to reinstall my OS or what have you.

Whatever floats overclocks your boat right?

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All your recommendations are appreciated. Everyone was just giving me all the options possible so I can make my own educated decision. Thank you all for presenting me with all options. For me, being new at overclocking GPU's, I will just try raising the voltage in AB and see how everything goes from there. It is very nice information to know about flashing the GPU's.
Sounds like a plan, and have fun
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Ahhhh my voltages are locked through MSI AB. I have the boxes checked in the settings menu for voltages. Any suggestions?
post #25 of 51
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Ahhhh my voltages are locked through MSI AB. I have the boxes checked in the settings menu for voltages. Any suggestions?
Open the msiafterburner.cfg with notepad and change the value for "enable unofficial overclocking" from 0 to 1
Here's a nifty little guide if you want some visuals etc
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Ya I did that and still nothing...
post #27 of 51
lol are you sure you have reference 5850's

show us pics plz
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Those aren't reference models.
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Is it true that the non reference cards cool alot better than the standard reference models?

This 5850 for example looks amazing, the cooler looks great and the price is a steal
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...=56&subcat=411
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