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How does flashing the bios make a difference if clock speeds are the same?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by sersalpha, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. sersalpha New Member

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    How does flashing say a 9800 Pro to a 9800XT make a difference if you're already running at the clock speed of the XT using a Pro?
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    i think the XT uses more aggressive CAS timings on the ram, which strains the ram more, but also gives u more performance. apart from that, i dont think there is that much different.
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    Agressive timings? Doesn't that mean you could OC your ram further by using a pro bios on a XT?
  4. sersalpha New Member

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    I'll take MHz over timings any day :D
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    PRo is 380/340/ XT is 412/365. Its not the same...
  6. sersalpha New Member

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    True, but I have my 9800 Pro stable at 470/380. I just wanted to know if flashing to the XT Bios would afford me better performance. If better CAS/tRAS/tRCD/tRP timings are what I have to gain by flashing to XT, then it's not worth it to me since I'd likely take a hit in memory clock speed overclockability. I'm guessing that it would negatively affect my overall card performance.
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    No, since you can already manage 470/380. which is waaaaayyyy over the XT stock.
  8. sersalpha New Member

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    So you think that I could still hit 470/380 with the XT bios? My card has the R350 core and 128MB of RAM - which bios would I use?
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    Maybe.... the OC won't fall that much and it will give you a nice increase.

    The lower latencies will more than compensate for the loss of Mhz.

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