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I have the 2GB(2x1GB) XFX 5970 Black Edition. That stupid thing has no manual fan control, so it runs at only 30% fan speed all the time. Isn't the Black Edition supposed to be easier to overclock? And then it lacks the fan control to allow actual overclocking.

How can I put a new BIOS on it, so I'm able to get more out of this dated card?

Thanks a lot.

PS: Screen of Afterburner attached.
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download atiwinflash and a suitable bios and use atiwinflash to flash the 5970 to the bios you want
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Originally Posted by Dom-inator;13629006 
download atiwinflash and a suitable bios and use atiwinflash to flash the 5970 to the bios you want

A BIOS update voids the warranty afaIk. Can I put the current BIOS back on later, in case I need to send it back?
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You can make a back up of your current BIOS using that atiwinflash before you flash. If the card goes bad while on the update bios, i think you will need to run it with another card to flash the original bios back.
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You can make a back up of your current BIOS using that atiwinflash before you flash. If the card goes bad while on the update bios, i think you will need to run it with another card to flash the original bios back.

Can I use any other graphics card for that or do I need another 5970? The only other graphics card I have is my old 256MB Radeon X1600XT GDDR3.
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Originally Posted by 12Honk34;13629077 
Can I use any other graphics card for that or do I need another 5970? The only other graphics card I have is my old 256MB Radeon X1600XT GDDR3.
yeah the x1600xt will do

edit: i dont think you will be able to flash the original bios back onto it if the card is completely bricked
Edited by Dom-inator - 5/25/11 at 12:38am
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Originally Posted by 12Honk34;13629077 
Can I use any other graphics card for that or do I need another 5970? The only other graphics card I have is my old 256MB Radeon X1600XT GDDR3.

You could use another graphic card, it really doesn't matter. All you need is a dummy plug which would let you run different cards as independent cards on a same machine. With the dummy plug, your rig would be able to recognize the 5970 while you using the other card as main. I've tried it that way when i tried to flash my 6950 while using a 5870 as main card. I imagine it would work for all cards.
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Originally Posted by 12Honk34;13628964 
I have the 2GB(2x1GB) XFX 5970 Black Edition. That stupid thing has no manual fan control, so it runs at only 30% fan speed all the time. Isn't the Black Edition supposed to be easier to overclock? And then it lacks the fan control to allow actual overclocking.

How can I put a new BIOS on it, so I'm able to get more out of this dated card?

Thanks a lot.

PS: Screen of Afterburner attached.

Btw, have you tried going to Setting then select the other core (GPU2)? I used a 5970 before and since their fan % is linked together, it only shows (available) to change the fan speed in one of the core setting.
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Btw, have you tried going to Setting then select the other core (GPU2)? I used a 5970 before and since their fan % is linked together, it only shows (available) to change the fan speed in one of the core setting.

I chose GPU2 under "Master Graphics Processor Selection". It didn't give me a fan control option either. I don't even have a visible option to enable fan control. I would understand it, if the option was there but not selectable, but there isn't even an option to enable fan control.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 12Honk34;13629217 
I chose GPU2 under "Master Graphics Processor Selection". It didn't give me a fan control option either. I don't even have a visible option to enable fan control. I would understand it, if the option was there but not selectable, but there isn't even an option to enable fan control.

Yea it looks like you have to flash its bios. Check out this thread, he had similar problem as you and flashing solved it (there is a link to another thread in that thread).
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