Im thinking of ordering a 9800se 128mb,and ive heard you can softmod it into a 9800pro but only if its a hercules brand is this so or will other brands work.Please help as i would like to order one ASAP.Many thanks
The 9800 SE has the memory data path cut in half from the 9800 and 9800 PRO versions. That is a function of the card layout and RAM installed. I haven't seen any information on modifying any 9800 version to a higher version.
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I now how to o/clock cpus if thats any help.Basically i have a FX5600 256MB card at the moment which gives me 2500ish scores in 3dmark2003,and i want better scores & better graphics.
Without spending a fortune £££'s.
success rate is close to 50/50 (check attachment). it's just a driver mod so there's no real harm in trying, i suppose. well, except for the fact you don't own the 9800se. so it's definitely a gamble. i don't know the technical differences between a 9800se and 9800pro, so i'm not sure what it does besides up the clock rates.
 found out that the real differences between a 9800se and 9300pro are 1) twice as many pipelines (pro = 8, se = 4), and 2) twice as wide bus (pro = 256-bit, se = 128-bit).
now, it may be possible that 4 of the pipelines may be disabled like the 9500 when it came out and can be reenabled, but i would think that would require a vga bios tweak. and there's no way to increase the bus width. i'm not sure how they get a 9800pro from a 9800se simply through a patched driver file.