Back in the day, the stories of hidden capabilities conveniently locked away for the enterprising modder to discover typically came from the AMD camp, with the 256MB Radeon 9500 Pro cards that could be software-modded to unlock Radeon 9700 performance, or the Radeon 9800 which could be effectively turned into a 9800 Pro with a simple pencil mod to connect a laser-cut bridge.
Now NVidia has their own sleeper performance part, in certain GeForce 9600GSO cards manufactured by Galaxy. As it turns out, all it takes is a BIOS flash to unlock extra pipelines on the card, converting it into the functional equivalent of a GeForce 8800 GTS. We’re providing a quick link to the blog that has the how-to, but be sure you’ve got a good pop-up blocker…and even that may not be enough to save you from the insidious pop-ups on the site. Got Patience?
Thanks to CrunchGear for the tip.
I am sure enthusiasts are familiar with the term "soft-modding". The days (of turning 9800SE into 9800Pro; 6800NU into 6800GT) are back! This time round, the spotlight is on the GeForce 9 series, namely the 9600GSO. In this extraction of the original guide, we will show you how to softmod a 9600GSO into a 8800GTS 512MB.