As most of you know, a voltage boost is always useful in improving a processor's overclockability. Increasing the processor's voltage allows it to run faster than it normally can, albeit at the expense of a higher thermal output. The best part is increasing the processor's voltage is usually a simple matter of going into the BIOS and adjusting its voltage setting. You can also do the same to your system memory!
However, it is not so simple when it comes to boosting the voltage of your graphics card's GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and memory chips. There is no BIOS setup menu for you to adjust its voltage. So, if we want to boost the voltages of the GPU and/or memory chips, we have no choice but to physically mod the graphics card. Such modifications to boost voltage are naturally called volt mods or voltage mods.
If you have already read our Complete ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Voltage Modding Guide, you should already know the basics of voltage modding for graphics cards as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods. The concept is similar for the Radeon 9800XT card but the actual methods differ.
Today, I will go through four voltage modding methods for the ATI Radeon 9800XT card. There will be two different voltage modding methods for the GPU and two for the memory chips. These methods have been used by many modders so they shouldn't pose any problems to you. Just make sure you read through the entire guide and follow our steps carefully.
What Is This Guide About?
As the title suggests, we are going to go through the Radeon 9800XT voltage modding methods. Again, this guide is intended for the new modders. So, I will explain the methods step-by-step to make it easier to understand. Therefore, you should have no problem volt modding your Radeon 9800 Pro card.
However, these methods should also apply to some other cards in the Radeon 9800 series, especially if they use the same PCB. Such cards include the Radeon 9800 Pro using the R360 core and Radeon 9800XT PCB. You can find more information about this in our Radeon 9800 Pro to 9800XT Mod Guide.
Please remember though that any modification of your card automatically voids its warranty. There is also the risk of damaging your card. We will not be held responsible for any damage to your card if you follow the mods in this guide.