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post #3921 of 4149
Hi!

Is it possible to unlock my card? And if not, do any of you know if the ASUS bios is likely to work on my card? I am asking because I am about to watercool it, and I would love som extra volts for OC. And if the card doesn't unlock, will it be bricked, or do I simply not get any more cores/performace?

I have a MSI R9-290 Gaming card 4G
Serial number: 602-V308-07SB1405076532

These are my reading from Hawaii info v1.2:

Compatible adapters detected: 1
Adapter #1 PCI ID: 1002:67B1 - 1462:3081
Memory config: 0x500036A9 Hynix
RA1: F9000005 RA2: 00000000
RB1: F8010005 RB2: 00000000
RC1: F8010005 RC2: 00000000
RD1: F8010005 RD2: 00000000

Thanks in advance!
Edited by AlC0 - 10/13/15 at 6:00am
post #3922 of 4149
Hello all,

I have a XFX 290 AENFC I checked the thread prior to flashing my card. I used Hawaii v1.2.
I got these numbers which according to the thread said I had an unlockable card
Compatible adapters detected: 1
Adapter #1 PCI ID: 1002:67B0 - 1043:0466
Memory config: 0x5A0013A9 Elpida
RA1: F8000005 RA2: 00000000
RB1: F8000005 RB2: 00000000
RC1: F8000005 RC2: 00000000
RD1: F8000005 RD2: 00000000

I used Asus rom Number 015.039.000.006.003515 and followed the instructions in the youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fXbsGK_cSE and everything worked out great.

Here's a before pic in GPU-Z


Here's the after




I'm happy to answer any questions I can about the flashing but I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to using different Bios'
post #3923 of 4149


Do I get hot cocoa or warm milk?
post #3924 of 4149
You can't unlock that. Simple as that.
post #3925 of 4149
post #3926 of 4149
Hey Guys,

I have been shuffling through this topic hoping to see that my EDIT: XFX card R9 290could be flashed to 290X.

EDIT: disregard this
According to Hawaiinfo the card is unlockable, but so far I have only found posts concluding that the Sapphire can't be flashed.
Or it can, but it doesn't have any improvement.

Is this still the case or have anybody managed to get a successfull flash on an Sapphire card?
EDIT: Again XFX


Hawaiinfo on my card:

Edited by Nassenoff - 11/5/15 at 6:34am
post #3927 of 4149
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Originally Posted by Nassenoff View Post

Hey Guys,

I have been shuffling through this topic hoping to see that my Sapphire R9 290 could be flashed to 290X.
According to Hawaiinfo the card is unlockable, but so far I have only found posts concluding that the Sapphire can't be flashed.
Or it can, but it doesn't have any improvement.

Is this still the case or have anybody managed to get a successfull flash on an Sapphire card?

Hawaiinfo on my card:

You can unlock it. Why not?

You might need to check for your self after flashing goes successful, if the improvements can be seen.

Be careful with the bios to flash. Some of them do nasty stuff. It would be good to have a baseline in both performance, overclocking and stability. Stock 290X bios is a good one to start with. PT bioses for some giggles.
Edited by mus1mus - 11/1/15 at 11:34am
post #3928 of 4149
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Originally Posted by mus1mus View Post

You can unlock it. Why not?

You might need to check for your self after flashing goes successful, if the improvements can be seen.

Be careful with the bios to flash. Some of them do nasty stuff. It would be good to have a baseline in both performance, overclocking and stability. Stock 290X bios is a good one to start with. PT bioses for some giggles.

Well, on the earlier posts no one with a Sapphire card saw any improvement and the were discussing if the Sapphire had an hardware configuration that physically disabled the CU cores.
Would be nice to have someone state that it actually worked before I tried.

Anyhow, I have a BIOS version 015.039.000.007.003523, so should I maybe try a 015.039.000.007.003526 or 015.039.000.007.003525?

Edit: Just noticed that GPU-Z states "Subvendor" XFX Pine Group? Why?
EDIT again: Cause I'm a dumbass, GPU-Z was right I have a XFX card


Edited by Nassenoff - 11/5/15 at 6:35am
post #3929 of 4149
Well, you did flash an XFX bios into your card for one. thumb.gif

Actually, I have a powercolor flashed with a 290X bios. Fully unlocked but sees no improvement in Firestrike. But that may be due to flashing the card with a 390X bios.

Same thing with my Sapphire 290 (locked) when flashed with the 390 bios.

But it (unlocked card) also scores better on other benchmarks. In GPU-PI, card flashed as a 290X is a whole minute ahead of my good scoring 290 that is also locked. So there must be something going on.

Came to think of it, I am actually trying it out with a 290X bios. I can post results for you today.

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post #3930 of 4149
Quote:
Originally Posted by mus1mus View Post

You can unlock it. Why not?

You might need to check for your self after flashing goes successful, if the improvements can be seen.

Be careful with the bios to flash. Some of them do nasty stuff. It would be good to have a baseline in both performance, overclocking and stability. Stock 290X bios is a good one to start with. PT bioses for some giggles.

Hi Guys,

Well i have tried a Sapphire 290X bios, the card unlocks but I think there might have been some truth to the discussion regarding the CU been disable physically or they could be unstable on my card.
Shaders and Texture fillrate are updated in GPU-Z but the benchmarks are still the same.
The BIOS were a Sapphire 290X BIOS.

Both setup on 1000/1250 Mhz with the fan spinning higher than normal to avoid thermal throttling, keeping the GPU temp at least 10 degrees below thermal throttle limit.

EDIT: Found out afterwards that I have an XFX card, not Sapphire. So tests are done on a XFX card with Sapphire 290X BIOS.

I don't see any performance improvement:



Edited by Nassenoff - 11/5/15 at 6:37am
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