Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Sn4k3, Jul 16, 2005.
can I upgrade the MSI Radeon RX9800 Pro-TDI128 to an 9800 XT ?
If it has the R360 core and can overclock to 9800XT speeds as it is now, yes. The only way to tell if it has the R360 core is to remove the heatsink, wipe the thermal paste or tape off, and read the specs on the gpu. MSI uses a reference designed PCB. If it used the same PCB as ATI or Sapphire, you can look at the component layout on the board and get a good idea if it is worth removing the heatsink to make sure. But since MSI uses its' own make up of the 9800Pro using the refernce design from ATI, the only real way to know if it has a 9800XT core is to remove the heatsink and see for yourself.
Some m8's flash the 9800XT bios on 9800Pro that use its' R350 core. Some have no problems, and it really messes up some cards. I would advise "NOT" to flash a 9800XT bios to your card if it has the R350 core.
Another easy way to find out which core it is is to dump the BIOS using ATI Tool and then check the BIOS in a BIOS editor all 9800Pros using R360 cores use a modified R360 BIOS so if it the BIOS is named R360 Hynix DDR 113-A07537-103 BIOS for example(my stock BIOS from my Sapphire 9800Pro) your okay for flashing tho you might wanna consider better cooling so you may end up looking at the core anyway. I never saw my core til about 2 months after I flashed it and well it was what the BIOS said it was
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