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Unlocking Pipes In A X800gto


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#1 lnepoe888

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 07:05 PM

I've heard that the card I am getting (an X800GTO) can be flashed with a BIOS that would unlock 4 pipelines on the card, bringing the rendering pipelines from 12 to 16.

Is this true? If so, how would I go about doing so?
Wouldn't the temperature increase if I were to unlock the pipes?
Is there a noticeable risk?
Link for card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102609

The current card I have is a Radeon9800SE. Is the performance increase worth it?

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 07:40 PM

I believe there is a way, but am not too sure on the procedure. I've heard that the BIOS needs to be tweaked a bit. The temperature would increase very minimally that you would hardly notice it. Although, it would be recommended to upgrade the cooling before any pipe unlocking or overclocking. BTW, why did you get the X800GTO when you could have gotten the X1600 (a way better card) for a little more?

Yes, the X1600 does come in AGP format.

Edited by legoman786, 28 June 2006 - 07:40 PM.

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 08:56 PM

Actually I didn't even order the card yet (the x800GTO)

How much better is the X1600 that the X800GTO? What about when the X800GTO is flashed to 16 pipes?

Doesn't the X1600 support Pixel Shader 3?

The people at this forum seem to favor X800GTO more.

Here are my computer specs

Athlon XP 2800+
512MB PC3200 RAM (will upgrade to 1GB-1.5GB soon)
Radeon 9800SE
420 Watt Power Supply (forget vendor)

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 10:19 PM

Yes the X1600 supports SM3.0. The X800 only has SM2.0. Plus, the X1600 supports AA and HDR at the same time! How cool is that?

Here's a link explaining the X1600's capabilities on AGP. Page 7 has some beches against the 9800 Pro. It's pretty interesting to se the differences. Personally, I'd prefer if you switch over to PCI-E as AGP is a dead technology. But that's my opinion and nobody has to heed it.

The X1600 has 12 pixel shaders, 5 vertex shapers, and 4 pipelines. That equals some serious image quality on a budget.

Edited by legoman786, 28 June 2006 - 10:24 PM.

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 10:54 PM

What about X1600 vs X800GTO?

Your link only shows X1600 vs 9600 Pro.

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Posted 30 June 2006 - 12:40 PM

For me, I'm trying to get an X800 Xl/GTO as well. I'd go with a X1600, really. But I 'd have to buy a new power supply ( I got a 300Wattt Bestec ) So I'd have to pull out another 100$ ( Canadian ) for a good power supply that won't crap out.
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Posted 30 June 2006 - 11:49 PM

The X800 would pull up ahead in front of the X1600 in terms of raw performance. The X1600 allows you to add more visual quality with the same amount of FPS (frames, not first person shooter). I get this question all the time, and even the people with X800's thank me for making them switch over to the X1K series!

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