When I ordered my ATI Radeon 9500 several yrs ago, I got lucky and received the first version which was really a cut back 9700. This gives me the chance of soft modding the 9500 back to the 9700. Turning on all 8 pipelines instead of having only 4. About 2 yrs later I found a Arctic Cooling Silencer on e-bay for $10.00 and that included shipping, so now I was on my way of doing some overclocking, that was my plan, but I didn't have any heatsinks for the memory chips so I haven't done any overclocking because I didn't want to burn the chips. Being a person to do things as cheap as possible I didn't want to spend more than I paid for the Arctic Cooler and I haven't found any heatsinks cheaper than the cooler. So today I went thru my junk box and found an old heatsink from a old cpu heatsink. So I got out the safety glasses and a hacksaw and cut my own.
Next I mixed up my Arctic Silver 5 adhesive and applied it to the heatsinks and placed them on the memory chips. Now I can start seeing what this old card can do.
This is the card that is in the computer that I was gaming with until I got Red Lantern running. I'll get some benchmarks on this card for you later. All comments and ideas are welcomed and Happy Modding to ya. :idea: