NVIDIA GeForce To Quadro Soft-Mod Guide

Discussion in 'Reviews & Articles' started by Dashken, May 9, 2008.

  1. DevilMind

    DevilMind Newbie

    i'm going to buy a nVidia VGA...plz tell me which Nvidia cards are SoftMod-able???

    i was going to buy Evga 9800gt but i read in many places it is not SoftMod-able .... u r saying its easily modable...plz tell me how to do it..
    thx in Advance.
  2. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    It needs the BIOS mod, not the driver-based soft-mod the article is about.
  3. DevilMind

    DevilMind Newbie

    so will Nvidia 9800gt get moded to quadro with BIOS mod??
    is it Possible??

    So should i buy it now?
  4. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Well, that is what he said. I haven't tried the mod myself.
  5. DevilMind

    DevilMind Newbie

    any1 who has nmodded their nvidia 9800gt plz inform me...so that i don't reget buying 9800gt later to convert to quadro...
  6. Jabberwock

    Jabberwock Newbie


    I have to buy one nVidia card, but which one among 9500 GT, 9600 GT and GTS 250 can be softmodded?
  7. Wolvenmoon

    Wolvenmoon Newbie

    I wish there were benchmarks of the real deal of some of the cards being soft modded to! It would help me out a ton.
  8. zentrani

    zentrani Newbie

    Here is my benchmarking for my system:

    Intel Core 2 Duo e7200 (2.53 ghz)

    ASUS P5GC-MX/1333

    2x 1gig of DDR2 PC5300 Apacer

    Graphics Card

    BFG GeForce 8800 GTX OC2

    Graphics Drivers

    GeForce Driver 190.62
    Quadro Driver 190.38


    3dsmax-04 9.34
    catia-02 8.32
    ensight-03 16.43
    maya-02 29.92
    proe-04 11.98
    sw-01 8.22
    tcvis-01 4.01
    ugnx-01 5.27

    AFTER MOD_SPECVIEWPERF10.0 1280x1024

    3dsmax-04 16.13
    catia-02 15.38
    ensight-03 19.46
    maya-02 30.13
    proe-04 13.16
    sw-01 23.43
    tcvis-01 6.62
    ugnx-01 5.27

    AFTER MOD_SPEC10.0_Vsync Forced OFF 1280x1024

    3dsmax-04 14.94
    catia-02 15.52
    ensight-03 21.58
    maya-02 32.78
    proe-04 13.11
    sw-01 25.78
    tcvis-01 6.77
    ugnx-01 5.66

    Can't install performance drivers though which sucks, but can anyone tell me how well my performance upgrade is? It seems relative to most people with specviewperf10.0 that this seems to match the trend. I hope this thread isn't dead lol.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2009
  9. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    That's quite an improvement! Will add it to the guide! :thumb:
  10. zy

    zy zynine.com Staff Member

    i failed too :) no NVStrap for my 9800GT. my 7400 Go has NVStrap. hmm
  11. Wolvenmoon

    Wolvenmoon Newbie

    Are there any side by side benchmarks of a geforce softmodded to quadro and a real quadro card? (My previous question was phrased poorly)
  12. zentrani

    zentrani Newbie

    Just did a benchmark today of a Quadro FX1700 512mb on my system, will post benches later tonight.

    AFTER MOD_SPECVIEWPERF10.0 1280x1024

    3dsmax-04 16.13
    catia-02 15.38
    ensight-03 19.46
    maya-02 30.13
    proe-04 13.16
    sw-01 23.43
    tcvis-01 6.62
    ugnx-01 5.27

    Quadro FX1700_SPECVIEWPERF10.0 1280x1024

    3dsmax-04 37.12
    catia-02 38.85
    ensight-03 26.32
    maya-02 60.00
    proe-04 36.43
    sw-01 48.20
    tcvis-01 18.49
    ugnx-01 16.40
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2009
  13. Wolvenmoon

    Wolvenmoon Newbie

    So a real quadro is ~2x faster than a softmodded one in these 3D apps?
  14. zentrani

    zentrani Newbie

    Well heres the thing, you gotta think about it in price. The 8800 GTX oc2 I bought was for 150$. New, it would be 800$ at the time. The equivalent card, being the 4600 quadro, would probably have been around 3,000$ new, now it sells for about half that (1,500$). I'm playing around with the quadro 1700 which is the 8800, so its within the same range or so I take it from the specs from tomshardware.com/reviews/quadro-fx-4800,2258.html. the 1700 is about 400$ from supplier which I could get, and 600$ retail right now. At about half the quality of the 600$, for which I got was 150$. It ain't too bad. But I would love to use the performance drivers. But for 3Ds max and photoshop CS4, this might just be enough for the time being.
  15. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    NVIDIA GeForce To Quadro Soft-Mod Guide Rev. 4.1

    The NVIDIA Quadro family of professional graphics cards are very, very expensive. But everyone knows that Quadro and GeForce graphics cards are virtually identical in hardware.

    Obviously, you cannot just use Quadro drivers with your GeForce graphics cards. However, there is an easy way to soft-mod (modify in software) an NVIDIA GeForce desktop graphics card into an NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics card. We will show you just how to do it in this guide.

    Not only that, we have also a new page with performance results from the soft-modding of an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX to the Quadro FX 4600 and a comparison of that soft-modded card with a true NVIDIA Quadro FX 1700. Read on and find out!


    Link : NVIDIA GeForce To Quadro Soft-Mod Guide Rev. 4.1
  16. John Peterson

    John Peterson Newbie

    Ditto. I'm planning to get a GTX 260 or a GTX 285 rather than a 8800 GTS. Can anyone verify if they can be modded to a FX 4800 or a FX 5800 (according to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia_Quadro#PCI_Express that's their equivalents)?
  17. Vert-Ex

    Vert-Ex Newbie

    This is obviously a little late but since no one has posted any feedback, here's mine:

    No. I can't. :wall:

    I just installed a new PNY GTX 260 (192SP/65nm), installed Foreceware 191.70, and everything checked out with GPU-Z. Went ahead and installed RivaTuner 2.24c, which recognizes the 260 as it should, but when I hit Low Level System Settings there's no NVStrap tab whatsoever, so it's not even possible.

    I'm actually bummed. I just got this card - admittely it was a gamble - to replace my 8800 GTX I had modded as an FX 4600, that just died on me. Now I'm stuck with a 260, a gaming card, and I don't even really game all that much anymore. No more OpenGL in Max, no more wireframe anti-aliasing. Damn shame.

    Would've gotten another 8800 GTX but they're impossible to find new or even refurbished, and considering mine was brand new and only lasted two years, used sure wasn't option. So, yah, kids, your mileage may vary, who knows. Guess I'll have to save up for a 'cheap' Quadro, like an FX 1700 or 3700 and slap in an available slot.
  18. zy

    zy zynine.com Staff Member

    :think: So you are running XP?

    I am guessing the newer the card, the harder it is to mod. It all depends on drivers and RivaTuner I think.
  19. Vert-Ex

    Vert-Ex Newbie

    Oh, cripes! I should've mentioned which OS.

    I'm running Vista SP1 64-bit. Attached a GPU-Z screenshot.

    Attached Files:

  20. zy

    zy zynine.com Staff Member

    How did you mod your 8800?

    I think you need XP to softmod.

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