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post #3941 of 4149
Hi all, first time post,

Out of 2 Gigabyte R9 290 WF3 OC cards, I've got one in my current rig which comes up as :-

Hawaii-class chip with 11 compute units per Shader Engine
SE1 hw/sw: F8000005 / F8010000 [..........o]
SE2 hw/sw: F8000005 / F8010000 [..........o]
SE3 hw/sw: F8000005 / F8010000 [..........o]
SE4 hw/sw: F8000005 / F8010000 [..........o]
40 of 44 CUs are active. HW locks: 0 (R/O) / SW locks: 4 (R/W).
Wow! All 4 disabled CUs should be unlockable.

So that will be getting a new BIOS in the not too distant future. ASUS ones seems to be the way to go from what I've read here so far.

The 2nd one is waiting for me to get my act together on a watercooled setup for the two cards in Xfire. However when I was putting the block on it the serial number sticker was peeling off. OCD kicked in, but not knowing what was beneath it I took a photo for future reference, saw a similar model number printed on the PCB and carried on:-
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

During trying to check model numbers etc while researching this thread I happened to check the model number that was revealed:-
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

This corresponds to the 290 X version on Gigabytes site.

Anyone else come across this? Looking forward to checking it properly soon.
post #3942 of 4149
This still work?
Have powercolor pcs+.
post #3943 of 4149
Quote:
Originally Posted by 6times7 View Post

Hi all, first time post,

Out of 2 Gigabyte R9 290 WF3 OC cards, I've got one in my current rig which comes up as :-

Hawaii-class chip with 11 compute units per Shader Engine
SE1 hw/sw: F8000005 / F8010000 [..........o]
SE2 hw/sw: F8000005 / F8010000 [..........o]
SE3 hw/sw: F8000005 / F8010000 [..........o]
SE4 hw/sw: F8000005 / F8010000 [..........o]
40 of 44 CUs are active. HW locks: 0 (R/O) / SW locks: 4 (R/W).
Wow! All 4 disabled CUs should be unlockable.

So that will be getting a new BIOS in the not too distant future. ASUS ones seems to be the way to go from what I've read here so far.

The 2nd one is waiting for me to get my act together on a watercooled setup for the two cards in Xfire. However when I was putting the block on it the serial number sticker was peeling off. OCD kicked in, but not knowing what was beneath it I took a photo for future reference, saw a similar model number printed on the PCB and carried on:-
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

During trying to check model numbers etc while researching this thread I happened to check the model number that was revealed:-
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

This corresponds to the 290 X version on Gigabytes site.

Anyone else come across this? Looking forward to checking it properly soon.

Nice. You got lucky I guess. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by dzoniandja View Post

This still work?
Have powercolor pcs+.

yessir.
post #3944 of 4149
Ty smile.gif
post #3945 of 4149
So i have been reading this post over the last few months. Granted not all of it, ha. I have a Trix locked 290 (i was sold it as a 290x... Grrr)

I wondered what makes a card "locked" Is there no hacker that has managed to unlock them? Or maybe there has and i haven't found it.

Does anyone know how to add the shaders to a 290 (non-x) can we force unlock it. If not why not?

Thanks Folks smile.gif
post #3946 of 4149
None. It's within the chip itself.

Buuut, good news is, clock to clock, a 290 is just roughly 10% slower than the X. A good OCing nonX card can easily match it in performance.
post #3947 of 4149
Quote:
Originally Posted by mus1mus View Post

None. It's within the chip itself.

Buuut, good news is, clock to clock, a 290 is just roughly 10% slower than the X. A good OCing nonX card can easily match it in performance.

The difference is even less, quite a bit less actually. Generally 3-5% clock for clock.
post #3948 of 4149
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Originally Posted by Gumbi View Post

The difference is even less, quite a bit less actually. Generally 3-5% clock for clock.

How about these shaders i keep hearing about. That seems to be what makes the difference on benchamrks.
post #3949 of 4149
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Originally Posted by fr0gin View Post

How about these shaders i keep hearing about. That seems to be what makes the difference on benchamrks.

Only GPUPI for GPU exposes that difference from what I have tested. Gaming-wise, you won't be dissatisfied.

Unless you enjoy benching.

BTW, whatever happened to the seller? You should have demanded for the card you paid for.
post #3950 of 4149
This might sound stupid but searching here and there I couldn't find an answer to my question and this is the perfect place. I have an r9 290 tri-x OC and an r9 290 XFX DD. sadly both are F8010005 frown.gif. Now my question is. Can I flash the lastest tri-x OC bios to both of them?(the 2015 bios i found on techpowerup for tri-x OC mentions only samsung,eplida and autodetect as memory support. both of mine have Hynix memories. Also if not can I flash the DD to the Tri-x OC bios so i can start on equal ground with them for CF?. Cheers and sorry for the semi-offtopic question!
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