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anyone know which 7970 bios is from an unlocked card on techpowerup.com/vgabios ?

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I want to flash the bios of my reference *ahem* XFX 7970 core editions to see if it enables voltage control. Anyone know which of those listed here would be such a bios?

http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/index.php?page=1&architecture=ATI&manufacturer=&model=HD+7970&interface=PCI-E&memSize=3072

It seems logical to me that a reference card would have reference VRMs which should be adjustable - it's going to be a lot cheaper for the manufacturer to simply disable the feature in software rather than re-engineer the card. From scouring the web looking for the answer I've found replies of, "can't be done" "can be done" and lots of "why'd you buy XFX you idiot" so figured I'd find out firsthand! And if it bricks it then its my fault for not doing my homework when buying my card!

I've flashed and restored the bios on them a few times but wasn't looking for voltage control then so it would be useful to know I'm at least trying a bios that should let it be done.

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If it was made after about September of last year, it is hard-locked. Sorry if it is.
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bought the first one in December 2011 and the 2nd in March 2012... maybe there's some hope!
 
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bought the first one in December 2011 and the 2nd in March 2012... maybe there's some hope!
No I'm sorry they are hard-locked... there are very very few 7970's that aren't voltage locked...
Honestly, with the voltage lock, they are slower then the GTX 670's overclocked, its very unfortunate. Oh well having 2 7970's should still be more then fast enough for pretty much anything.
Just play em til they die, or until the 8XXX series comes out.

*EDIT* IM A FAILURE AT LIFE
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lol, yeah, I don't need the extra performance except when you have to disable one card due to lousy X-Fire performance. The cards took the GHz update fine so I guess I should be thankful of that, I've heard of plenty of XFXs that couldn't.

just out of curiosity, what changed between your 1st and 2nd post? The cards bought in December 2011 and March 2012 would have been made before September last year which you initially suggested as a cut off point for locked voltage controls?
 
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No I'm sorry they are hard-locked... there are very very few 7970's that aren't voltage locked...
Honestly, with the voltage lock, they are slower then the GTX 670's overclocked, its very unfortunate. Oh well having 2 7970's should still be more then fast enough for pretty much anything.
Just play em til they die, or until the 8XXX series comes out.

Gibberish much?


OP, are you saying both your cards are volt locked? I find that hard to believe with a card bought in 2011. About the other one, does it have a matte pcb and a red dvi port?
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lol, yeah, I don't need the extra performance except when you have to disable one card due to lousy X-Fire performance. The cards took the GHz update fine so I guess I should be thankful of that, I've heard of plenty of XFXs that couldn't.

just out of curiosity, what changed between your 1st and 2nd post? The cards bought in December 2011 and March 2012 would have been made before September last year which you initially suggested as a cut off point for locked voltage controls?
WOOPS I misread, im an idiot, your fine, they are only bios locked, if they are locked, although i cannot help you with the bios.
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OP, are you saying both your cards are volt locked? I find that hard to believe with a card bought in 2011. About the other one, does it have a matte pcb and a red dvi port?

They're both identical as far as I can tell, same PCB, cooler design, ports etc. I changed the coolers for Arctic Accelero Xtreme whatnots about 6 months back and didn't notice anything different between the two then and I was staring at them for about 6 hours so should have noticed any differences... Actually, I think the 2nd card was bought before March, maybe late Jan/ early Feb... I replaced my system for an X79 one in March (a B-day present to myself and just got a bonus at work!) to get PCI-E 3.0 and the 40x lanes of PCI-E

they appear to be voltage locked- Afterburner doesn't let me change the voltage and I've enabled it in the settings. Not tried unofficial overclocking though but from what I read it just lets you push it further. Haven't tried Trixx though. I'm actually away from that PC until the weekend so can't try anything out till then
 
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WOOPS I misread, im an idiot, your fine, they are only bios locked, if they are locked, although i cannot help you with the bios.

ahh, no probs, was just a little confused there, thought you'd found something I hadn't!
 
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OP, are you saying both your cards are volt locked? I find that hard to believe with a card bought in 2011. About the other one, does it have a matte pcb and a red dvi port?

They're both identical as far as I can tell, same PCB, cooler design, ports etc. I changed the coolers for Arctic Accelero Xtreme whatnots about 6 months back and didn't notice anything different between the two then and I was staring at them for about 6 hours so should have noticed any differences... Actually, I think the 2nd card was bought before March, maybe late Jan/ early Feb... I replaced my system for an X79 one in March (a B-day present to myself and just got a bonus at work!) to get PCI-E 3.0 and the 40x lanes of PCI-E

they appear to be voltage locked- Afterburner doesn't let me change the voltage and I've enabled it in the settings. Not tried unofficial overclocking though but from what I read it just lets you push it further. Haven't tried Trixx though. I'm actually away from that PC until the weekend so can't try anything out till then


lol dude, then you are just doing it wrong and all is good. biggrin.gif


Read my sig thread on setting up overclocking. There's basically two methods, both work fine. And btw, you don't need your bios flashed, ever.
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