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 Performance increase after BIOS upgrade?
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NitroX infinity

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Posted - 09/10/2003 :  22:23:35  Show Profile  Visit NitroX infinity's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My videocard is a Voodoo 5 5500 AGP.
It currently has BIOS version 1.06.

Q1: What's the best BIOS to upgrade to? (1.15AGP, 1.16PCI, 1.18AGP or 1.18AGP Modified) (BIOS' from http://welcome.to/3dfxBios )

Q2: What kind of performance increase can I expect (in percentages) from upgrading to any of these BIOS'?

Edited by - NitroX infinity on 09/10/2003 22:23:56


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Posted - 10/10/2003 :  03:01:58  Show Profile  Visit amp_man's Homepage  Reply with Quote
from what I have heard, 1.16 PCI may be the fastest bios (I realize you have an AGP adapter). Darkrain did some benchmarking and found that to be the fastest, more info on that here: http://www.3dfxzone.it/enboard/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=86

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Posted - 12/11/2003 :  07:15:43  Show Profile  Visit hanksemenec's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have to state this again, please do not flash the cards if they are working. 3DFX cards went through a bunch of different memory manufacturrers, the cycle based timing in DramInit0 was adjusted to support that memory.

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Posted - 27/11/2003 :  19:03:16  Show Profile  Visit ElvIsAlive007's Homepage  Reply with Quote
you can upgrade the voodoo 5 from 1,06 to 1.16 safely i would belive , as i did it on my v5500agp card and even used the pci 1.16 bios on a v5 agp card and found it to be faster

i tryed the 1.18 and 1.16 and found this pci version 1,16 to work the fasest

IT worth the risk on a vodooo 5 but has hank is saying on the voodoo 6000 cards DONT TOUCH THE BIOS as many have more custom bios and seems a lot more risk of giveing poor hank a headache hey



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