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How do I do this? The one I have is an EVGA Superclocked one. I have another one that is the same on order.
Check this link out:

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124447

In short, you need to remove the heatsink and remove the thermal paste to check and see if the GPU is a "GF100-275-A3" Which is a 470 board. The link above will explain how to do it.

Here is a brief background history lesson:

So nvidia releases the GTX480 and GTX470. Well, the 480 is $500 and the 470 is $350. Nvidia wanted a quick midrange card that they could release to boost sales. Well, they wanted it so quickly, they didnt have time to make new boards. So they took the 470 reference boards and flashed a bios that lowered clock speeds and disabled some of the memory chips. Well, people figured this out (the Romanians did first lol) so they would download the GTX470 bios and would flash the GTX465 to the 470 turning their $250 card into a $350.

Well, nvidia figured out people were catching on, and eventually produced a "REAL" GTX 465 board. If you are lucky, you got a first run board before they switched. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK BOARDS FIRST! And you need to make sure there are also 10 mem chips (newer boards only had 8).

But if you have a GTX470 board, its easy enough to flash it I hope this helped! Good luck! You can message me or whatever if you have questions down the road.
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Originally Posted by Rider85 View Post
Check this link out:

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124447

In short, you need to remove the heatsink and remove the thermal paste to check and see if the GPU is a "GF100-275-A3" Which is a 470 board. The link above will explain how to do it.

Here is a brief background history lesson:

So nvidia releases the GTX480 and GTX470. Well, the 480 is $500 and the 470 is $350. Nvidia wanted a quick midrange card that they could release to boost sales. Well, they wanted it so quickly, they didnt have time to make new boards. So they took the 470 reference boards and flashed a bios that lowered clock speeds and disabled some of the memory chips. Well, people figured this out (the Romanians did first lol) so they would download the GTX470 bios and would flash the GTX465 to the 470 turning their $250 card into a $350.

Well, nvidia figured out people were catching on, and eventually produced a "REAL" GTX 465 board. If you are lucky, you got a first run board before they switched. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK BOARDS FIRST! And you need to make sure there are also 10 mem chips (newer boards only had 8).

But if you have a GTX470 board, its easy enough to flash it I hope this helped! Good luck! You can message me or whatever if you have questions down the road.
If my first one turns out to be a GTX470, then wouldn't it be bad for me since I just ordered another GTX465?
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post #13 of 53
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If my first one turns out to be a GTX470, then wouldn't it be bad for me since I just ordered another GTX465?
It would be unfortunate, yes. BUT! you could return the 465 and exchange for a 470 and they will run side by side and will save you some money

Ebay is a good place to check for original 465s. (they are hard to come by now). I snatched them up while i had the chance. I got lucky and picked a brand new one up at bestbuy that was an original. I bought another from a string of refurbs Newegg was selling that were original boards. and then I ordered my last one on ebay.

*edit*
But if you were wondering if a GTX 470 that was flashed to a 465 would run with a real 465, the answer is yes. And vice versa, a flashed 465 to 470 will run with a "REAL" 470.
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Originally Posted by Rider85 View Post
Check this link out:

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124447

In short, you need to remove the heatsink and remove the thermal paste to check and see if the GPU is a "GF100-275-A3" Which is a 470 board. The link above will explain how to do it.

Here is a brief background history lesson:

So nvidia releases the GTX480 and GTX470. Well, the 480 is $500 and the 470 is $350. Nvidia wanted a quick midrange card that they could release to boost sales. Well, they wanted it so quickly, they didnt have time to make new boards. So they took the 470 reference boards and flashed a bios that lowered clock speeds and disabled some of the memory chips. Well, people figured this out (the Romanians did first lol) so they would download the GTX470 bios and would flash the GTX465 to the 470 turning their $250 card into a $350.

Well, nvidia figured out people were catching on, and eventually produced a "REAL" GTX 465 board. If you are lucky, you got a first run board before they switched. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK BOARDS FIRST! And you need to make sure there are also 10 mem chips (newer boards only had 8).

But if you have a GTX470 board, its easy enough to flash it I hope this helped! Good luck! You can message me or whatever if you have questions down the road.
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It would be unfortunate, yes. BUT! you could return the 465 and exchange for a 470 and they will run side by side and will save you some money

Ebay is a good place to check for original 465s. (they are hard to come by now). I snatched them up while i had the chance. I got lucky and picked a brand new one up at bestbuy that was an original. I bought another from a string of refurbs Newegg was selling that were original boards. and then I ordered my last one on ebay.
I'm going to take it apart now then lol... before this order comes through in the morning.. Is it a hard process to take it apart? Never taken apart a graphic card before!
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Only PNY (black PCB), Point of View, and original MSI Golden Edition (or whatever it was called) can be unlocked to GTX 470s. No other cards can.
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I'm going to take it apart now then lol... before this order comes through in the morning.. Is it a hard process to take it apart? Never taken apart a graphic card before!
No! Super simple!

Step 1: Pull your card out (obviously)

Step 2: notice, when you look at the card, there are two layers. The top plastic covering is held in place by tabs. Take a flat head screwdriver and press them in and pull up (or as I found easier, in a sense, pry it apart by pressing with your thumb on the plastic above the tab, then slip the screwdriver in and pry like a crowbar).

Step 3: once you get the plastic cover off, look at the heatsink. There are 4 screws. Unscrew them. Once you feel them slipping and not coming out further, put your flat had under the sink and pry it up. (The Thermal paste makes a seal that is hard to break by pulling up with your hands, plus you might damage your fins).

Step 4: Once the heatsink is off, you will see the GPU. Lightly brush off the lower area of the GPU and look for the GPU ID number as seen in the link I sent.

Good luck! Tell my how it goes! I'll be up for another hour or so, so just keep me posted if you have issues.
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Removing the plastic shroud and the heastsink on the GPU is easy.

When removing the plate to check the mem- use the right sized screw driver. Plenty of people have stripped them since there is some threadlocker on them. Although some swear you can check to see if all 10 mem chips are on the board by looking for caps and resistors on the backside of the PCB, there have been cases where they are there but the mem chips are not. So you do have to remove the plate.

When I installed my AXP, I used a power drill to make sure I did not strip the screws on the card.

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Only PNY (black PCB), Point of View, and original MSI Golden Edition (or whatever it was called) can be unlocked to GTX 470s. No other cards can.
Someone has not been reading the recent threads on 465 unlocking 2 threads on EVGA SC cards unlocking here on OCN in the past couple days.
 
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Only PNY (black PCB), Point of View, and original MSI Golden Edition (or whatever it was called) can be unlocked to GTX 470s. No other cards can.
Maybe...I am not sure if there is proof of that. I know they were the most common though. Just check your GPU ID. Thats the sure-fire way to know. Might as well check right?
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Someone has not been reading the recent threads on 465 unlocking 2 threads on EVGA SC cards unlocking here on OCN in the past couple days.
If that's the case then I apologize. Haven't been on the forum the last few days and it's been months since the GTX 465 unlocking craze has died down.
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Video guide ''How to remove GTX470 heatsink'' -- GTX465 should be just the same

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