9500 to a 9700 by software?

[i]"The latest version of RivaTuner has been released and now allows you to convert your Radeon 9500/Pro into a Radeon 9700 Pro. The earlier versions of this hack included soldering and extra wiring which were far more likely to go wrong. Be warned you use this hack at your own risk:

Added SoftR9700 patch script for Catalyst 6.200 - 6.255, which allow you to enable software locked 8 pixel pipelines on RADEON 9500 based boards and turn any 128-bit RADEON 9500 into RADEON 9500PRO and any 256-bit RADEON 9500 into RADEON 9700PRO."[/i]

Any of the tech people here try this out yet? Is it totally legit, partially true, or just a bunch of hooey.

I’ve got a 128 MB 9500 coming from Newegg. I think it’ll get here around Wed. I’ll try the software hack and let you know how it goes.

There are a few posters on the VE thread that have said it seems to be working based on 3Dmark scores. But a poster said the origional statement isn’t right. It won’t turn a 9500Pro in to a 9700 pro, just a 9500 into a 9700. Here’s the post.

“Hey Andy, your post needs edited before it causes a bunch of people to purchase 9500 pros. This hack turns a 9500 non pro 128mb card into a 9700 non pro. This hack doesn’t work on 9500 pro because ATI changed the ram layout and it no longer works at 256bit. This patch will turn a 9500 64 mb into a 9500 pro, and will turn the 9500 128mb into 9700. You can then get to 9700pro levels by overclocking. If you confused as to which board to buy just looked for the boards that look identical to the 9700 pro and have 2 ram chips to the side of the gpu and 2 above the gpu. The cards with all 4 ram chips above the gpu are the 9500 pro and will not work.”

Oh, yeah. There’s been a lot of confusion over that. This hack doesn’t apply to 9500 Pros at all. It just enables the 4 dormant pixel pipelines in the 9500 non-pros. If you do it with a 64 MB 9500 you’ll end up with a 64 MB 9500 Pro (this is because the memory bus in 64 MB models is limited to 128 bit). 128 MB models of the 9500 are built on 9700 PCBs, however, and already have a 256 bit memory bus, once you enable all the pixel pipes you’ve got a 9700.

“128 MB models of the 9500 are built on 9700 PCBs, however, and already have a 256 bit memory bus, once you enable all the pixel pipes you’ve got a 9700.”

I did see another post that said this won’t continue or has already stopped. That ATI has or will soon not be making 9500’s using the 9700 PCB’s. So their might only be certain ones that are able to do this.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it stopped a while ago. One of the biggest problems with a 256-bit bus is the cost of the multi-layer PCB needed for it, and tracing the bus onto the board.

I did see another post that said this won’t continue or has already stopped. That ATI has or will soon not be making 9500’s using the 9700 PCB’s. So their might only be certain ones that are able to do this.

That may be the case, and I’ve heard lots of people repeat this, but right now, I’ve yet to see a single report from anyone who bought a 128 MB 9500 and got one built on the 9500 Pro PCB with a 128 bit bus. When/if this changes, I’m sure there will be a sleu of news postings and forum activity.

From what I know, it wasn’t ATi who build the 9500’s on the 9700 PCB which is why I hear it won’t work on ATi retail cards. It was the third party vendors who build the 9500 on a 9700 PCB which is why I think you have to find one of those powered by ATi cards. I could be wrong though…

-Contrai