New BIOS available for EVGA 8800GT cards

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  1. Hootmon

    Hootmon Maha Guru

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    When I restarted my machine after installing the new BIOS it didnt crank the fan up to 100% for a minute like it did before.
     
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    Good Find. This is the 2nd BIOS Released by EVGA dated 1/14/08...

    http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.asp?m=176929&mpage=1&key=

    "This new update ramps the fanspeed up quicker, and more gradually as the temperature increases. This update can lower the GPU operating temperature by about 10c under load. In addition, this BIOS also improves compatibility with some PCIe Gen1 motherboards.

    All new EVGA shipping boards will have these changes in place, we have this posted for those of you with existing cards. You can find this BIOS on the EVGA downloads page, or below"
     
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    Is this an update to the updated BIOS posted before. I could swear they already posted linkage to updated BIOS in the eVGA forums,….way before 1/14/2008
     
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    Yes, this is the 2nd BIOS update from them, as the first mentioned nothing regarding "improving compatibility with some PCIe Gen1 motherboards".
     
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    Im surprised there are no bios updates for the 8800 gts =/
     
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    Apparently there is and it just came out this morning. See Raul's post below. It doesn't mention anything about changing how the fans-ramp however.
     
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    Does this mean that I can flash my regular EVGA 8800GT 512 to a 8800GT SSC? I'm currently running at SC speeds but I want to get up to 700core and 2000mem. Would this work? My part #512-P3-N801-AR. If I downloaded the SSC bios could I flash my 8800GT with it? Would this also void my warranty because I'm changing my bios from a regular to SSC?
     
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    May not work because I believe there are voltage differences between BIOS's and your SC may not be able to handle it.
     
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    Flashing with the wrong bios will probably void your warranty. You are better off using RT to do the OC.
     

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    No it will not void your warranty.. If your have issues just flash the card back before you rma it..

    Yes it will work.. It will save you the trouble of setting an overclock with a 3rd party program on every boot..

    The ssc bios will actually tweak the core voltage and memory timings to allow you a better chance of running the ssc speeds even if you could not attain them on a normal overclock in windows with the sc bios..
     
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    Is it even possible to 'flash your card back' after you've bricked it?
     
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    Blind flashes are possible. Saved my old 6800 a few times this way.
     
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    Or you use a old PCI card to flash it.
     
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    As Milenko said, a Blind Flash will sometimes work, where you prepare a bootable disc/USB Flash Drive with NVFlash, the original BIOS, and a script file written to automatically execute without your intervention. I think using a cheap PCI card as Raul suggested is a better idea as you can see what's going on. No guarantees with either method however.
     

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    Also having your card go belly up or 'bricking' as to no monitor signal is a very rare occasion. Most rma's are for heat, artifacts,bsod ect.. All of those situations can get a pic to get in bios and be reflashed before rma'd.
     
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    So you (or anyone else here) have actually done this? I have the EVGA 8800GT SC and I would like to overclock by flashing with the SSC bios. Are there any side effects at all? I still have the stock cooler which works fine at SC speeds and was wondering if it will still be OK with SSC speeds since the new bios increases the fan speeds.

    Thanks
     
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    if you have a 8800gt you can flash it with any 8800gt bios you can find(except for the new custom 3phase power cards, those might work too but i haven't tested those yet), doesn't matter which manufacturer or which version of the card, just make sure it has the same amount of ram, you can even use the bioses from the new cards that have samsung ram, because the ram timings and voltages are the same (i know it works because i'm using one)

    you can also set custom clocks on your stock bios and reflash the card, just make sure the card can handle the new clocks before you do it, aka test for at least 2 hours of continuous use, like a 3dmark loop at high resolution without the cpu tests, and monitor the temps

    i've must have reflashed my 8800gt like 20 times since i got the card, it's a evga 8800gt, the basic model, i always use bios with the latest build date i can find from any manufacturer, haven't had any problems with any of them... yet
     
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    I just tried to do it but the update gets to the point where it searches for display adapters to update but does not find them. The SC bios finds it fine and works but the KO and the SSC do not find the card toupdate. Any ideas?
     
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    the evga bios update will not work because the bios is not meant for your card,
    you have to flash from DOS, using the nvflash utility with the command

    nvflash.exe -4 -5 -6 xxx.rom

    where xxx is the name of your bios


    you can get many different bioses from here http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/

    just make sure it's for 8800gt 512mb (if that's what you have), and if the bios is in .bin format just open it with nibitor, then hit file and save as, it will save as a .rom file, (i think you could just rename from .bin to .rom but im not really sure about that)
     

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