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Soft mod BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra --> Quadro FX 4000!!!

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So I just purchased a used BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC 256MB AGP 8x card and I've been reading that you can soft mod these cards to perform just as well or better than a Quadro FX 4000, actually fooling your computer into thinking it IS a FX 4000! Bench marks I've seen are showing almost 3 times performance boost when this is done. Any ideas about whether it is worth doing and how to do it?

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I believe you can do this with RivaTuner if I'm not mistaken. Note that the performance gains only apply to software like 3DS Max, Maya, and the like. Games may see a decrease in performance.
Really?? A decrease in performance?? I'm intending the performance boost of this new card to be primarily for games, so if that's the case maybe I wont mod it. But if the benchmarks are showing such a dramatic improvement shouldn't that also translate to better gaming performance??

The Quadro line of videocards are optimised for mainly cad and other graphics rendering....not games, hence the decrease in performance in openGl and DirectX games.
Interesting, well thanks for enlightening me. I was wondering why nothing was mentioned about gaming performance when they were talking about the mod. Hopefully this card will be more than I need for the games I run. Here's some specs:

GPU NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 Ultra
>> Bus Type AGP
>> Memory 256MB GDDR3
>> Core Clock 425MHz (vs. 400MHZ standard)
>> Memory Clock 1100MHz (effective)
>> RAMDAC Dual 400MHz
>> API Support Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0, OpenGL for Microsoft® Windows®
>> Connectors Dual DVI, S-Video
>> 638 million vertices/sec.
>> 35.2GB/sec. memory bandwidth
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Oh ya, and that's running on 16 pixel pipelines!!!
Until you are ready to move to a DX10 card the 6800ultra should do okay depending on the res you play 6800gt does well at 1280X1024 max settings and AA & AF in HL2 still !
I don't plan on upgrading anything else untill the price for dual cores and PCIe Mobos comes down. Probably another year or so. Then I'll be jumping into a nice cheap PCIe graphics card.

I'm currently playing FEAR at 800x600 with lots of stuff turned down cause my ATI Radeon Atlantis just plain sucks. Also I've been playing Call of Duty 2 and with that game I can only play at like 640x480 with other settings lowered. At 800x600 my fps drops to around 5 or even 0 in high-action scenes.

The upgrade will be enjoyed immensely!! :happy: I'll probly start looking for new games once it's installed. Too bad they never put out a Halo PC 2 :sad:
I have a 6800GT that's OC'd to 375 with 16 pipes and it runs GREAT.
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