Ninjalane Podcast - Volt modding 8800 GTX Hardware Enthusiast Cost of being Competitive

Interesting Ninjalane Podcast talking about the cost of being an enthusiast. Recommended!

Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren Mccain

Time: 26:22

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Show Notes

Voltmodding 8800 GTX: Dennis started a new overclocking hardware project that consists of voltmodding a couple of BFG 8800 GTX video cards to unleash the maximum performance attainable from the aging video cards. The cards were purchased off of ebay and based on PCB discoloration have been well used and likely abused by the previous owner.

A functional test of the cards proved that they can overclock and do have some life left in them but the stock voltage was a limiting factor in getting the cards to a decent and stable overclock. In this segment Dennis talks about what all needs to be done to the cards to perform the volt mod and later discuss some of the benefits of hardware modding including why you may need a modchip in your game console.

Costs of Being Competitive: It is no secret that being a hardware enthusiast can be very expensive and if your goal is to be a competitive overclocker the cost can extend beyond what was spent on the initial hardware purchase. In this segment Dennis goes on to discuss a variety of costs including the cost of hardware, the longevity of that purchase and the price you pay for entering the market late or damaging your gear.


Germany Masterchief79 says:

Sounds interesting. He talked about the 3 different mods he will do on the cards (Read Points, vGPU and vMem), and also said he will put the cards under LN2. I wonder how this will work without an OCP mod. I also solder them, even when benching @air, cause i often have the feeling that OCP kicks in at some places in the benchmark. Afterwards, I am pretty often able to do a clock-step more (which means +27MHz core and +54MHz shader at the 88GTX). It's not so difficult, though I guess not everyone will have fitting 1,2kOhm resistors in stock.

At the "being competitive" topic: It's even more important when being an "Enthusiast" like determined by HWBot, meaning no subzero benching. This will often be the case if you are not a "professional" bencher, but rather have to look after your $$$ a bit or just do it as a hobby. Of course there's always a risk of damaging your gear, and I also killed cards worth a few euros when I got used to the voltmodding topic (I don't have a job yet, so it hurt everytime a card died). It's really recommendable to start off with something older and cheaper like Nvidia 8000er series. You can get cards around 25-30$ nowadays. On top, mods to this cards are well-known, just use google.
But at least concerning the Enthusiast League, you are able to achieve higher ranks without sacrificing all your free time or investing your whole salary in new hardware every month. However voltmodding knowledge gets very important, to squeeze every possible MHz, which made me learn quite a lot.

Belgium HybridChiller says:

don't forget the capmod and/or zombie mod

United States Redmax says:

If it seems that the cards have more to give I might go forth with the Zombie mod, Gonna take baby steps starting out. :)

Canada Vinster says:

I just did my first volt mod to an 8800GTS-512MB.. it was easier than I anticipated. I'll do it again.

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