Originally Posted by Grechie
Thanks for the reply
I Thought Ive seen people flash there bios of this XT card into other Geforce FX's ? maybe not a 5900 Ultra but maybe a 5950? anyways i overclock it to a max of 460/780 and it gets me 800 more marks in 3dmark2001se, it isnt to bad, i get 5500 in 3d mark 03 overclocked, so thats 500 more then stock, its not bad i guess, just wondering how would just plain old overclocking it be better then making it a 5950 for eg? i mean wouldnt it unlock more power ?
Not many XT type cards flash very successfully with 5900nu, 5900u or 5950u bios's simply because of design and component differencies.
Sometimes it is just better modding your own XT bios for best performance. Which in your case would first mean that you change the memory Latencies and Timings of your bios to those shown in my 59xx bios modding guide. This will affect memory overclocking, so now overclock memory to its max and then change GPU and memory stocks in bios to the GPU of 460 previously established and memory to new overclock established after timing mods. Also set throttling volts and speeds to same as for 3D.
Now check 3Dmark performance !
If you want to try a 5950u bios, then go with BFG type as it has shown good results with lots of cards. But also remember to do memory latency/timing/throttling mods to this bios. The tighter timing mods should greatly improve performance of 5950u bios.