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O/cing A Ati 9700np


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hey all.

 

for christmas i got myself a new Ati 9700np. I already opened the box to scope it out, and it has Infineon 3.3ns memory chips. i dont really know is this is good or bad or what, cuz i have dont have hardly any experience w/ o/cing graphics cards, let alone an Ati one (my friend o/ced my ti200, thats it). so my question is, what should i do?!

 

ive heard of something called RivaTuner or something, is that any good? what do i have to do to get it to work? I heard something about flashing the card's bios with a modified Pro bios? would that be a good idea? also, what drivers and whatnot work best for overclocking?

 

my goal is to see close to PRO speeds in the memory, and above pro speeds in the core. is this reasonable? any suggestions would be wonderful. thanks!

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Well, the 9700np comes stock with locked clocks. Thus, you'll have to flash the bios. I would flash it with a pro bios (since the pro bios is unlocked, and it also gives more voltage to the components which results in higher overclocks, particularly the memory). That infineon ram might not like the pro speeds...if it doesn't, just use whatever overclocking utility you like to underclock the ram some. I did the same thing...I bought a 9700np, and mine was lucky enough to come with the 2.8ns Samsung ram. I flashed it to a pro without any problems at all. And before you ask, no, flashing a video card's bios is not risky at all because even if the bios flash goes wrong you can just use a pci video card to re-flash it.

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awesome! thanks a million Eva_Unit. that is a good idea to underclock the ram if needed. i will be sure to post my success once im done. thanks

 

 

 

EDIT: i got it up to 364mhz core speed so far. its pretty hot on the back side, so im not gonna go any further than that. the memory got to 312mhz, but with 313mhz it went crazy on the arifacts. either way, a 364/312 for a np card i think is pretty crap good. i will probably get some ramsinks and a new vpu cooler, that way i can fully max it out.

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