Turn half your GTX 690 into a Quadro or Tesla?

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2013 - 11:23 AM |
Tagged: nvidia, hack, GTX 690, K5000, K10, quadro, tesla, linux

It will take a bit of work with a soldering iron but Hack a Day has posted an article covering how to mod one of the GPUs on a GTX690 into thinking it is either a Quadro K5000 or Tesla K10.  More people will need to apply this mod and test it to confirm that the performance of the GPU actually does match or at least compare to the professional level graphics but the ID string is definitely changed to match one of those two much more expensive GPUs.  They also believe that a similar mod could be applied to the new TITAN graphics card as it is electronically similar to the GTX690.   Of course, if things go bad during the modification you could kill a $1000 card so do be careful.

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"If hardware manufacturers want to keep their firmware crippling a secret, perhaps they shouldn’t mess with Linux users? We figure if you’re using Linux you’re quite a bit more likely than the average Windows user to crack something open and see what’s hidden inside. And so we get to the story of how [Gnif] figured out that the NVIDIA GTX690 can be hacked to perform like the Quadro K5000. The thing is, the latter costs nearly $800 more than the former!"

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Source: Hack a Day
March 19, 2013 | 02:51 PM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

I'd solder a $200 card to be a $500 card, all day.

March 19, 2013 | 03:55 PM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

690 isn't a $200 card, neither the thing it converts into when soldered...

also, as the article states, soldering packs a danger. It's really hard to pull this kind of stuff with an iron. A gun is pretty much a must for these kind of tricks.

And this is coming from a big, muscular and tough guy.

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