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Back on black Friday I bought 6 290s. 3 Sapphire BF4 editions, 2 HIS, and 1 ASUS. I finally decided to see if any of them could become 290X cards. The 3 Sapphires were all unlockable and they unlocked just fine. The 2 HIS and 1 ASUS were locked though. All 6 of the cards have Elpida memory. Still, not bad since I only paid ~$340 each for these cards brand new.
post #2942 of 4149
does the early patch Sapphire R9 290 Battlefield 4 edition unlock ?! please answer asap i think i have a good offer for swapping out my 7970's for R9 290s but want to know the chance of them unlocking ?

my 2 x 7970's + 260$ for those 2 x slightly used R9 290's, what do you guys think ?!

also does the reference r9 290 have the same pcb as the reference r9 290x or is there differences like how it was with the 7950 pcb vs 7970 pcb ?
Edited by invincible20xx - 4/22/14 at 6:14am
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I remember seeing a good amount of people with BF4 290s that were unlockable back then. Don't hope on it, though. While your chances are better than getting an Asus or MSI reference 290, you should be prepared for the "worst".

The 290 has the same pcb as the 290x. The only difference is the GPU die (290 vs 290x die).
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I remember seeing a good amount of people with BF4 290s that were unlockable back then. Don't hope on it, though. While your chances are better than getting an Asus or MSI reference 290, you should be prepared for the "worst".

The 290 has the same pcb as the 290x. The only difference is the GPU die (290 vs 290x die).

no difference in power delivery ? both are an 8 and a 6 pin ?

well if they unlock then i will have a full blown 290x just with a sticker that says 290 ?

also what do you think regarding the money difference ? 260$ to compensate the seller because i'm giving him my old 7970's
Edited by invincible20xx - 4/22/14 at 7:32am
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no difference in power delivery ? both are an 8 and a 6 pin ?

Yup.
Quote:
well if they unlock then i will have a full blown 290x just with a sticker that says 290 ?

Yup.
Quote:
also what do you think regarding the money difference ? 260$ to compensate the seller because i'm giving him my old 7970's

Used reference 290 worth (imo), $340

x2= 680

Used 7970 value (imo) = 200

x2= 400

+260= $660

Seems good to me.
post #2946 of 4149
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Yup.
Yup.
Used reference 290 worth (imo), $340

x2= 680

Used 7970 value (imo) = 200

x2= 400

+260= $660

Seems good to me.

i will still do it despite my display is only 1080p 60 hz some games i wasn't able to flick up the AA all the way + when some video games utilize only 1 card i'm stuck with just a single 7970 which is not enough to me for 1080p if i'm to max out titles and maintain a minimum of 60 fps ...
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Compatible adapters detected: 2
Adapter #1 PCI ID: 1002:67B1 - 1002:0B00
Memory config: 0x500036A9 Hynix
RA1: F8010005 RA2: 00000000
RB1: F8010005 RB2: 00000000
RC1: F8400005 RC2: 00000000
RD1: F8010005 RD2: 00000000
Adapter #2 PCI ID: 1002:67B1 - 1002:0B00
Memory config: 0x500036A9 Hynix
RA1: F8010005 RA2: 00000000
RB1: F8010005 RB2: 00000000
RC1: F8010005 RC2: 00000000
RD1: F8010005 RD2: 00000000

these won't unlock , right ?!

well bad luck but 4% difference won't be even noticable would it ?!

both are sapphire battlefield 4 edition cards
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Compatible adapters detected: 2
Adapter #1 PCI ID: 1002:67B1 - 1002:0B00
Memory config: 0x500036A9 Hynix
RA1: F8010005 RA2: 00000000
RB1: F8010005 RB2: 00000000
RC1: F8400005 RC2: 00000000
RD1: F8010005 RD2: 00000000
Adapter #2 PCI ID: 1002:67B1 - 1002:0B00
Memory config: 0x500036A9 Hynix
RA1: F8010005 RA2: 00000000
RB1: F8010005 RB2: 00000000
RC1: F8010005 RC2: 00000000
RD1: F8010005 RD2: 00000000

these won't unlock , right ?!

well bad luck but 4% difference won't be even noticable would it ?!

both are sapphire battlefield 4 edition cards

Think of 4% as roughly 50mhz on an overclock wink.gif
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That's how the PT1 bios works.

what do you mean that's how the pt1 bios works ? once you flash it you are stuck forever with high stock voltage even after flash back ?!
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As long as you are using the PT1 bios, your stock voltage will be higher. Flash to a different bios if you want lower voltage.
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