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After doing the reading on this forum and this article: http://lenzfire.com/2012/07/how-to-c...0-ghz-edition/
I have some questions on flashing into a Ghz edition.
  1. Is that tutorial right or wrong or are there any remarks?
  2. What flash software should I use, I see two on http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads..._Flashing/ATI/ Which should I use ATIwinflash/ATIflash???
  3. Because the Sapphire is a reference card I would like to know what bios should I download, from Sapphire or from ATI and also what bios or is this just a matter of get the newest date & the highest Ghz.
http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/i...=&memSize=3072
http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/i...=&memSize=3072

My card is a reference Sapphire HD7970-3Gb: http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...n=&lid=1&leg=0

Thanks just want to be sure on this expensive card and I hope somebody can help me!!!
Edited by Toine3 - 11/4/12 at 1:45pm
post #2 of 10
Sorry for not answering your question, but you have my curiosity. Couldn't you manually increase the clock speed to that of a GHz edition? What will flashing to GHz edition give you that manually overclocking can not? I am very curious to the advantages of doing this.
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just a try, card has 2 bios and it seems the Ghz has a great turbo mode.
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Sorry for not answering your question, but you have my curiosity. Couldn't you manually increase the clock speed to that of a GHz edition? What will flashing to GHz edition give you that manually overclocking can not? I am very curious to the advantages of doing this.

Not needing to install, run and tweak 3rd party software for overvolting/clock limit bypass. Just a BIOS flash and CCC for overclocking. Makes life a lot easier IMHO.
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Originally Posted by Toine3 View Post

After doing the reading on this forum and this article: http://lenzfire.com/2012/07/how-to-c...0-ghz-edition/
I have some questions on flashing into a Ghz edition.
  1. Is that tutorial right or wrong or are there any remarks?
  2. What flash software should I use, I see two on http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads..._Flashing/ATI/ Which should I use ATIwinflash/ATIflash???
  3. Because the Sapphire is a reference card I would like to know what bios should I download, from Sapphire or from ATI and also what bios or is this just a matter of get the newest date & the highest Ghz.
http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/i...=&memSize=3072
http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/i...=&memSize=3072
My card is a reference Sapphire HD7970-3Gb: http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...n=&lid=1&leg=0
Thanks just want to be sure on this expensive card and I hope somebody can help me!!!

If you use the method described by Lenzfire, you just download the zip file, extract it, run the exe file it contains and you should be done. The package includes both the flash program and the GHz BIOS.

But before you do anything, make a backup of your original BIOS!
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post #6 of 10
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Thanks for answer on my #1 now please posters stay to #2 and #3 It is my first flash so I want to be sure here.
post #7 of 10
Use ATIFlash,
Turn a USB into a bootable USB using HP USB Utility.
Type AtiFlash on boot
and then so forth.
post #8 of 10
Not sure there are any actual benefits to flashing to a Ghz BIOS other than the higher default voltage - which you can change via AB.

I dont think it was like the 6950 -> 6970 where the bios mod unlocked shaders.

I could be wrong though. You probably dont need to worry about flashing the bios.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Link seems to be broken so here again:

After doing the reading on this forum and this article: http://lenzfire.com/2012/07/how-to-convert-hd-7970-to-hd-7970-ghz-edition/
I have some questions on flashing into a Ghz edition.
  1. Is that tutorial right or wrong or are there any remarks?
  2. What flash software should I use, I see two on Techpowerup Which should I use ATIwinflash/ATIflash???
  3. Because the Sapphire is a reference card I would like to know what bios should I download, from Sapphire or from ATI and also what bios or is this just a matter of get the newest date & the highest Ghz.
http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/index.php?page=1&architecture=ATI&manufacturer=ATI&model=HD+7970&interface=&memSize=3072
http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/index.php?page=1&architecture=ATI&manufacturer=Sapphire&model=HD+7970&interface=&memSize=3072


My card is a reference Sapphire HD7970-3Gb: http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&pid=1443&psn=&lid=1&leg=0

Thanks just want to be sure on this expensive card and I hope somebody can help me!!!
post #10 of 10
I answered all three of your questions already. You should read that Lenzfire article all the way through, it tells you exactly what to do.

The Lenzfire method should work, but it hasn't for everyone. Give it a go and only if it fails, then go down the bootable USB + AtiFlash + separate GHz BIOS way. The risk in trying different methods is minimal, as long as you have a backup of your original BIOS. Also, make sure your BIOS switch is set to BIOS number 1 when you flash it.

Oh yes, and if you need the separate BIOS, then I would suggest using pioneerisloud's BIOS which you'll find here. That seems to be working for most, I know it works for me. Lots of other info in that thread too. thumb.gif
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