I am from Italy and a guy in an italian forum made some interesting tests on this. He have found that after the mod the graphic card is able to get at highter overclok and be more stable at 8X. Performance was a little worst, but overclocking highter he could reach the same performance, and with some better resaults. Now I am waiting to know what bios and drivers is he useng. P.S.: Do you think that transforming a 9500->9700Pro in to a FireGL X1 could elminate some artifacts???