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GTX 570 flash to GTX 580?

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December 9, 2010 2:50:53 AM

Have you compared the PCBs on these two cards? (sorry about the long links)

Here's the GTX 570:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...(Fermi)%201280MB%20320-bit%20GDDR5%20PCI%20Express%202.0%20x16%20HDCP%20Ready%20SLI%20Support%20Video%20Card

Here's the GTX 580

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...(Fermi)%201536MB%20384-bit%20GDDR5%20PCI%20Express%202.0%20x16%20HDCP%20Ready%20SLI%20Support%20Video%20Card

These cards look identical! Could it be possible to flash a GTX 570 to a GTX 580? Notice the GTX 570 even has marks for an 8 pin power connector, it's just not there. Could it also have the 384 bit memory bus, just running a BIOS that only uses 320 bits?

If so, I better order one quick before they sell out...

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December 9, 2010 11:48:17 AM

I would assume since the 570 gtx is not just a 580 gtx with parts of it locked, but an actually different card that It cannot.
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December 9, 2010 11:48:41 AM

I don't think its possible
GTX 580 has 512 stream processors;whereas,GTX 570 has 480 and there is no way to unlock it.
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December 10, 2010 1:27:37 AM

Then why do they have the same number of memory chips, even though they have different amounts of memory? They could easily be the same card with the same GPU - only a different BIOS and power connector.
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December 10, 2010 1:38:10 AM

Buy it and let us know.
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December 10, 2010 8:37:39 AM

The difference isn't only the BIOS and power connectors,like I said,they have different stream processors.There is no way to unlock them.
There are many cards that have pretty much the same specs but different stream processors, and you can't flash them either.
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December 17, 2010 12:52:03 AM

Some of the GTX465s are flashable to GTX470s even though they have a different number of stream processors. They have a different memory bus width as well - the GTX 465 has a 256 bit wide bus and the GTX 470 a 320 bit bus.

I've run a GTS250 BIOS on an 8800GT just fine - and that isn't even on the same transistor lithography.

I just thought maybe someone had noticed the physical similarities between the boards and tried this flash.

Maybe I should have posted in the overclocking section...
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December 17, 2010 3:02:32 AM

Why would they turn off some features and sell it for less if it costs the same to make?
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January 26, 2011 11:31:45 PM

it's for marketing and profit. AMD HD 6950/6970 does exactly same. 99.9% of current market 6950 is flashable to 6970 without error. Though I'm not sure about 570/580..so don't risk it before someone tried it successfully.
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January 27, 2011 2:59:39 AM

^ on the other hand i think the op should risk it and let us know the result.
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January 27, 2011 4:10:23 AM

yes risk yours and let us know, if it works then your the man, if not then you have just wasted $349 on a non-working video card

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January 27, 2011 4:24:43 AM

yes do it OP
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March 28, 2011 10:03:39 PM

In short the answer to your question is NO, its impossible to be flashed. I have taken the cover off of mine to put on a waterblock, and the difference is clearly visible.
http://www.overclock.net/attachments/water-cooling/1800...

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_570...

Your options are to:
A) Buy a GTX 580
B) Buy a GTX 560 Ti, and resodder on the missing parts, and hope Nvidia didnt plan on someone doing that... chances are the board will have empty traces that are ment for the 8pin connector so wouldnt work anyway. I give it a 5% chance of working.
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April 5, 2011 12:50:58 PM

Best answer selected by Changnoi.
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October 7, 2011 2:39:32 AM

I doent know about the PNY but the EVGA GTX 570 Classified is a GTX 580 in everyway except the GPU in the middle heatsinks and PCB are the same it even has one six pin and one eight pin power connectors. The water block fits the bcking plate fits if your going to have any luck that is that card to use.


http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=015-P3-158... 500 Series Family&sw=

http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=012-P3-157... 500 Series Family&sw=

thoughs two are the same in every way except one is 570 and othr is 580 silicon is only difference and the only differance is 32 cuda core and 8 ROP's and of couse the etching on the GPU cover.

http://www.evga.com/PRODUCTS/enlarge.asp?PN=400-CU-G580...



http://www.evga.com/products/prodlist.asp?switch=4
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