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Sadly it doesn't work, at least for me. And be careful, because it seems I can flash both bios 1 and 2. It took me a while to fix my card, thank goodness for the Z68 onboard card.
    
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So I threw caution to the wind and -f forced it.

The good news: I can verify it's the BIOS I was looking for! It flashed succesfully, and then I hit the reset button on my system.

The bad news: I just totally bricked my entire computer. I'm on a 785G chipset, and I think I may have disabled the onboard graphics at some point before I put my 7970 in.

Does switching the BIOS switch to 2 when rebooting make the new BIOS apply to it as well? I think I might either need to 1: clear my motherboard's CMOS or 2: remove my 7970.
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Okay, removed the WindForce and typing this back on the rig. Need to fiddle with keeping the onboard gpu working once I get the card back in and then flash. If anyone was willing to save me some time trying to figure out the ATIFlash commands, what's the line I need to type in it again to start reflashing back to my old BIOS?

EDIT: Nevermind, figured it out. I've got my card flashed back, gonna shut down, plug it back in, and hope for the best.

EDIT#2: Okay, back to normal. That was my adventure for the day! I'm never doing this again. Got a couple of nice heatsink cuts on my finger for the trouble, too. tongue.gif
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This bios worked great on my Gigabyte (GV-R797OC-3GD, rev 2.1).

Max voltage is now 1256mV, stock clocks 1100Mhz/5000Mhz working solid.

Just flashed via dos like always smile.gif

So far it seems stable @1175Mhz, hopefully I'll get it stable @1,2Ghz

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Edited by twisted1 - 10/17/12 at 1:34pm
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This bios worked great on my Gigabyte (GV-R797OC-3GD, rev 2.1).
Max voltage is now 1256mV, stock clocks 1100Mhz/5000Mhz working solid.
Just flashed via dos like always smile.gif
So far it seems stable @1175Mhz, hopefully I'll get it stable @1,2Ghz

Did you specifically use atiflash or something else in DOS? I still need to check my own card's revision number, but I'm still curious. Also, which BIOS switch setting do you have this new BIOS on? I keep on getting conflicting answers when I do my research on this.
 
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Did you specifically use atiflash or something else in DOS? I still need to check my own card's revision number, but I'm still curious. Also, which BIOS switch setting do you have this new BIOS on? I keep on getting conflicting answers when I do my research on this.

Just atiflash as usual booted from a USB stick, bios switch in mode 2.

then just, atiflash -p 0 biosfilename -fs -fp

I think I remember the -fs -fp correctly, just typ atiflash and you'll get the full list of options.

Since your card is voltage locked, it's a late rev. probably 2.1. Blue cheap looking PCB?

btw, kombustor @1205Mhz biggrin.gif

http://www.ozone3d.net/msi_kombustor/score_200.php?id=89175

Another thing, can you monitor the VRM/VRAM temps? I can only see the GPU temp on my card, I suspect that the VRM's are running real hot on these cards. The vrm cooling bracket on the back of the card gets VERY hot. Probably an easy fix with proper thermal compund. I'm not gonna do that tho cuz this card is going RMA.

Then I'm getting a MSI Lightning cuz I'm so damn fed up with these revisions and locks and, well you know..
Edited by twisted1 - 10/17/12 at 8:11pm
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Just atiflash as usual booted from a USB stick, bios switch in mode 2.
then just, atiflash -p 0 biosfilename -fs -fp
I think I remember the -fs -fp correctly, just typ atiflash and you'll get the full list of options.

Ah, that might be what I did wrong! I just used the -f command and I thiiink I might have had the BIOS switch in position 1, which somehow is not locked and can be written on.
 
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Ah, that might be what I did wrong! I just used the -f command and I thiiink I might have had the BIOS switch in position 1, which somehow is not locked and can be written on.

Hehe, position 1 on my card can be flashed also. I guess that's what the -f (force) option is for biggrin.gif
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Another thing, can you monitor the VRM/VRAM temps? I can only see the GPU temp on my card, I suspect that the VRM's are running real hot on these cards. The vrm cooling bracket on the back of the card gets VERY hot. Probably an easy fix with proper thermal compund. I'm not gonna do that tho cuz this card is going RMA.
Then I'm getting a MSI Lightning cuz I'm so damn fed up with these revisions and locks and, well you know..

I can view my VRM temps on GPU-Z. They're not too hot when I play games, I rarely see anything above 72 degrees at stock 1.6v memory clock. When I bitcoin mine at 1100Mhz core though, I have to set my fan to 80-100% and underclock memory to 1000 to keep VRM temps under 85C, since it's running full-load for several hours on end. I've heard that most VRMs are rated for 85C or 125C, so I just sorta guessed the lower number would be correct.

Also I thought the blue PCB on these 7970s were custom by Gigabyte? Usually they're supposed to be better than reference, right?

I would have considered getting an MSI Lightning too, if it weren't for the fact that it didn't have a dual-link DVI port as well as cost five hundred dollars. I got my GV-R797OC-3GD used for a hundred bucks off.
 
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We can't have the same rev. then, check out my gpu-z, I cant even monitor the VRAM volt, tried every trick in the book. eac.png

Since mine is rev. 2.1 there's probably more than two revisions, The first rev(the good one) was great, most of them OC*d to 1300Mhz, and fully unlocked voltage.

Over here(I live in Sweden) the ligthning is only like $90 more then the gigabyte card(howerver the GB is $500 here so.. smile.gif

I guess I'm a bit picky about temps, but my experience with alot of other cards is that OC is alot more stable the cooler the VRMS are. With my 6970 for example, if i keep temps below about 60C I can runt it like at 40-50Mhz higher clocks.

I alos got a XFX 7970 with the ref. cooler, but i had a Acellero Extreme 7970 on that, wich kept it below 55C at all times, except in stresstests like kombustor. And it's dead quiet, the gigabyte sounds like a hurricane comparet to the Arctic cooler. Anyways, that card is dead and I'm waiting for a replacement card (hello crossfire:)

Generally the custom PCB's are cheaper, even tho they claim they're soooo much better, not on all cards tho. Like the lightning ie.

EDIT: Talking about VRM temps, http://www.overclock.net/t/1316977/7970-gpu-vrms-temp-92c-is-it-still-safe

I've put a bunch of those little heatsinks on the vrm bracket on the back of the card, you could try that. Cant tell you how effective it is since i cant see the temps lol
Edited by twisted1 - 10/17/12 at 11:48pm
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