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Club 3D to use crippled R480 in their x800RX

Discussion in 'News' started by grazzhoppa, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. grazzhoppa New Member

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    According to bit-tech.net Club 3D is to launch a x800GT variant dubbed x800RX that uses a R480 core with 8 of 16 pipelines enabled. What's interesting is that the remaining 8 pipelines are supposedly disabled in the bios. The core is clocked at 475MHz and the 256MB GDDR3 at 490MHz.

    It begs to question why use a more expensive R480 core when you only are using half its pipelines - Club 3D may be counting on enthusiasts to buy the card with hopes of unlocking the hidden 8 pipelines and having them work correctly.
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    hi.... im from portugal. i have a 3d club x800rx PCIe.
    it´s possible unlock the other 8 pipes?
    my gpu it´s like that...

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  3. grazzhoppa New Member

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    Well, I suppose if someone can poke inside the bios of that card and edit some of its code it is possible...assuming the lock is in the bios.

    That's what I found interesting about that card is that bit-tech said the pipes where disabled in the bios, but they didn't report who the sources were for that information. I did a quick search and this topic came up link. Some of the people there were saying the bios-lock was just a rumour. W1zzard apparently tried a few things and he said it was hardlocked on the chip like all the other R480 cores. It doesn't look good for you.

    I can't help you with it, but the first step would be to get a copy of your bios available to people who can potentially help you out. You can use ATItool to save the card's bios to your harddrive - Settings > Miscellaneous > press the Dump Bios button.

    But before you waste your time with the bios maybe you should ask W1zzard on one of the instant-messangers or private message him and see if he has any more ideas about unlocking those pipes.
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    thanks.... :)

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