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Hello Guys! I bought an R9-290 3 days ago. After installing it today, I found it already hacked and my PC reads it as an R9-290X. Is this a good thing or not? My problem is, I can't overclock it. Everytime I change the core clock or RAM speed, I always get a black screen and my PC is never able to recover from it. I just unplug the whole PC to restart. Any help or advice will do. Thanks!
New or used? How do you know it's 290X? Do you have screenshot of GPU-Z?
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New or used? How do you know it's 290X? Do you have screenshot of GPU-Z?

I bought a used one. It was advertised as an R9-290, the seller has 8 units sold, I believe from PC shops upgrading. If not who the hell will own 8 units of this stuff here in Taiwan, bitcoin is not popular here. Anyways, I don't really like it. I wish to return it but still thinking if I should. I wanted a stock R9-290 or 290X but in it's original state. Because I don't know how this thing can last using modified BIOS. It's an MSI reference design. I bought a Gelid Cooler to replace the stock cooler but I'm not doing that yet. Not until I know I can use this card for a year or two. I also do not know how to change BIOS, if it's safe, easy etc... I don't even have the original BIOS that came with the card. What do you think?
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Have you tried the other BIOS position?

Flip that switch and try if it also displays as a 290X.
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Yes I have. I know there's a switch, uber mode and silent right? It's the same both ways. I was actually surprised when I first hooked it up. I was expecting 947mhz on the core clock and 1250 in RAM, but it was set to 1000mhz core and 1250 RAM on silent mode. Flipping the switch to uber mode don't change anything. still 1ghz and 1250mhz. I really like the performance boost upgrading from an R9-270. But I'm worried that the thing will die in 6 months or less. I'm keeping the 270 for back up if this dies. Since I already brought it up, I wish to have all your opinions guys! I bought this thing for $160. Is it a good buy or should I just return it. The seller gave me 90 days repair warranty, and 7 days return/refund. I'm in the 4th day now. I'm freakin feeling the pressure to decide. I really like it, but a few things I don't because it was hacked by someone else and I don't have it's hacking history. Being in Taiwan and not very good in Chinese, I have my doubts that my seller will understand what I'm ***** moaning about.

If I got a stock card in it's original form, then I will not ***** moan about it. I actually planned to learn the hacking thing so I can do it myself. I got a Gelid cooler bought at the same time as preparation for this hot card. I was really not worried for the price I payed if I kill the card by hacking it. But now in it's current state, I'm no longer excited about it. And really worried how to get this thing in it's original state because I do not have the stock BIOS.
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It might be a 290X from the get go. Unless something in the card clearly indicates it's not. But that is another story. Just return it for another card. It's not worth the trouble if you cannot OC it.

I did the same thing last week. Now, I got 2 new 290Xs that does 1300/1625. thumb.gif
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New or used? How do you know it's 290X? Do you have screenshot of GPU-Z?

I bought a used one. It was advertised as an R9-290, the seller has 8 units sold, I believe from PC shops upgrading. If not who the hell will own 8 units of this stuff here in Taiwan, bitcoin is not popular here. Anyways, I don't really like it. I wish to return it but still thinking if I should. I wanted a stock R9-290 or 290X but in it's original state. Because I don't know how this thing can last using modified BIOS. It's an MSI reference design. I bought a Gelid Cooler to replace the stock cooler but I'm not doing that yet. Not until I know I can use this card for a year or two. I also do not know how to change BIOS, if it's safe, easy etc... I don't even have the original BIOS that came with the card. What do you think?
There is a sticker at the back of the card which show whether the card is 290 or 290X. If it show 290X, then the card you have there is not hacked 290.

Did you try increase the voltage?
Edited by kizwan - 1/20/16 at 8:37am
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Yes there's a sticker and shows only R9-290. Paying $160 for it, I feel confident or not worried to try flashing another BIOS into it. It does not appear to be hacked hardware wise. I mean, the original warranty stickers are still intact on top of the screws, and the original date purchase was January 2015. I think if I can have the original box and receipt from previous owner, it's still covered by MSI warranty. Only if I can get an original MSI stock R9-290 BIOS, and I will give it a try. I was browsing through this thread and BIOS are no longer available? Do you know another site that keeps stock BIOSes? Sorry for the trouble. I can search for it myself but I'll take your word for this things because u seem to be a nice guy and been doing this long. Well as you can tell, I'm only 4 days old regarding R9-290 experience...
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Yes there's a sticker and shows only R9-290. Paying $160 for it, I feel confident or not worried to try flashing another BIOS into it. It does not appear to be hacked hardware wise. I mean, the original warranty stickers are still intact on top of the screws, and the original date purchase was January 2015. I think if I can have the original box and receipt from previous owner, it's still covered by MSI warranty. Only if I can get an original MSI stock R9-290 BIOS, and I will give it a try. I was browsing through this thread and BIOS are no longer available? Do you know another site that keeps stock BIOSes? Sorry for the trouble. I can search for it myself but I'll take your word for this things because u seem to be a nice guy and been doing this long. Well as you can tell, I'm only 4 days old regarding R9-290 experience...
Try look over here:-
http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/index.php?architecture=AMD&manufacturer=MSI&model=R9+290&interface=&memType=&memSize=

Make sure Elpida is listed under "Memory support" because your card have Elpida memory according to the GPU-Z. The ones that denoted "Gaming" are non-referenced cards.
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Thank you sir! I wish I knew how to search for that. Lol! I was using google and it takes me to stock asus ones, and I don't feel confident doing/using that. Now I'll try to figure out the flashing process and will post my results later! Thank you so much! I wish I can play a game with you or something just to return the favor. But anyways, big big thanks to you sir! Cheers!
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UPDATE!

Everything went surprisingly well! I was able to do everything that was written and shown here, and some from other sites.

I was able to flash my GPU with the included ROM in the download package in this thread. The asus one it is. I skipped flashing the card with the stock MSI 290 rom 'coz I thought I will do the 290x rom once again in the future so why not do it now. LOL. The card is now able overclock, but I'm not doing something crazy to beat anyone's record. I just tried to increase core to 1050mhz and RAM to 1400mhz for a safe "lifetime" OC. My card is old anyways, and I do not know it's OC history so my goal is to use the card as long as it can last me. I'm only using this for a sim racing rig that mostly plays iRacing and Dirt Rally in triple 1080p. Only those two games really. Racing games are generally much easier to run vs shooters or other games.

The cooler, I replaced the stock cooler with the Gelid cooler I bought and yes, nothing new. Everything went well and max temps now stands at 68c, and idles at 35c. I also stumbled with the known issue of the cooler where the longest thinest heat sink do not fit the card. It needed some extra grinding to extend the holes to fit the card. But the material is not that hard to drill and sand, so it was relatively an easy fix, especially that it's already expected and I was prepared for that. One thing I missed installing was the heat sinks for VRM, the three small ones and it went to 110c in the first benchmarks. I installed some heat sinks already, but I ran out of time to do another bench test, will do the rest tomorrow. I'm looking at making a ghetto brace to reinforce the card, because the Gelid cooler don't have one and the card is now sagging.

Thank you guys for the help! I'm 2 years late to the party but it's still a party! I'm freakin happy now! I hope this card last another 2 years with the TLC I gave it! I wish to acquire an R9-FURY non X two years from now, or whenever this card dies, whichever comes first, and I hope to get it cheap as this one. LOL! Cheers all! and Thank you once again for the help!
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