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Advice sought on BIOS for Gigabyte GV-R9600PRO-C3 (128MB, AGP)

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by rseiler, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. rseiler New Member

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    I have this card, which is actually built with a Radeon 9600XT RV360 GPU and UNDERclocked by Gigabyte to 400.

    (The memory is Samsung 3.3 and set on 300, so I'm not messing with it.)

    The BIOS is: 008.015.073.002 (10/26/2004)

    I can use ATI Tray Tools and run the core at 500 no problem, but I want to flash up. Here are my choices as I see them, and what I perceive (not having an abundance of experience with this) to be the pros and cons:

    1) Save out my existing firmware and use Rabit to bump the core from 400 to 500.

    PRO: Exact match; newer than anything in the ATI BIOS collection.
    CON: Not a BIOS from a 9600XT (not sure if that matters since I don't know if there are other changes beyond the core speed)

    2) Go to the ATI BIOS Collection and upgrade to the Gigabyte 9600 XT 128 MB (500/300, Samsung 3.3).

    PRO: Others have done it so it will work; a 9600XT BIOS
    CON: Older than my original BIOS (December 2003)

    3) Go here (http://tw.giga-byte.com/VGA/Support/BIOS/BIOS_ATIRADEON9600PRO.htm), grab the BIOS for the most similar but not identical card -- GV-R96P128DE -- and use Rabit accordingly. (The memory is set at 200 in this BIOS, so I'll need to bump it up to 300.)

    PRO: The newest of all the BIOS's (May 2005).
    CON: Unsure about the relevance of the memory being set at 200 and my changing it to 300; other differences in the card are a wildcard.

    So what's the best route?

    Thanks
     
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  2. rseiler New Member

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    Or none of the above?
     
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    I personally prefer BIOSes from ATI. If your core is RV360 it is better to flash it with 9600XT BIOS and eventually to get Overdrive (temperature monitoring) ;) .
     
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    You got my hopes up there for a minute, but ATI Tray Tool's temperature sections are grayed out, and the log from ATITool says:

    2005-11-24 17:27:11 D LM63 temp chip detection: failed (0x0)
    2005-11-24 17:27:12 D F75373S temp chip detection: failed (0x0)
    2005-11-24 17:27:12 D Temperature monitoring: Not detected

    So no temp chips for me it seems, which I guess isn't surprising since this card is sold as a 9600Pro. Given that, despite the fact that the GPU is a 9600XT, they decided to save a bit and leave off the chip.

    On your BIOS recommendation, is it still advisable to go with the ATI considering temp monitoring is off the table? The description for the most appropriate ATI firmware is "RV360 128M Samsung E-die P/N 113-A03415-103 Overdrive Table BIOS."
     
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