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post #1591 of 2011
Well, i thought i couldn't get much out of this, so i tried it. I got a 290X Tri-X 4 GB reference PCB with Hynix BFR memory, i did a FireStrike run for testing, got 10,555 3DMarks. I took the 290X_HYNIX_MOD_V1.8 BIOS, moded it to the same clocks as the stock Tri-X, flashed it, and ran 3DMark again. Hell if i got 11,118 3DMarks with the new BIOS. Makes me wonder why memory timings are not that optimized, since that would be the only thing that changed
   
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post #1592 of 2011
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Originally Posted by Insan1tyOne View Post

It is not unlikely that upgrading to Windows 10 (or any other OS) for that matter could cause instabilities with your card and its overclocks due to how the new driver interacts with the new OS. The only real solution is to "start from scratch" and enjoy the thrill (and frustration) of overclocking your card to its maximum stable clock again under the new environment!

Also, the reason that the ROMs have not been updated in quite some time is because there is not much else to be added to them. However, there are tons of friendly users in this thread who continue to make their own versions of the ROMs and tweak them for even more performance and optimizations. I am always welcoming to anyone who wants to submit their modified ROM to me to be added to the OP.

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I'm looking for a bit of feedback from people running Win10 and these modded BIOS if their cards are working just fine (or overclocking just fine). I certainly consider that the Win 10 Upgrade I did could be causing some problems, besides the fact that its completely different OS and new drives too tongue.gif It's a lot of variables to go through...

It could be my ROM, I started using one of these custom ROM's somewhat early on, and I know several revisions were put out beyond what I have loaded up. Maybe the final revision (yours) work better on Win 10.
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Actually upgrading to windows 10 may change the behaviour with how the driver interact with the devices.

Go to "run" and type gpedit.msc.
Navigate to Computer Configuration>>Administrative Templates>>Windows Components>>Device and Driver Compatibility



Change both of them to "disabled" and restart.

This will make the device work exactly as how the driver instructed it to do.
Make sure all of your driver is only for windows 10 or it may cause problem/bugs. biggrin.gif

Did this fix something for you? Curious what this change does. Would be pretty cool if all it took was a simple change like this to restore my OC ability biggrin.gif
post #1593 of 2011
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Originally Posted by Starbomba View Post

Well, i thought i couldn't get much out of this, so i tried it. I got a 290X Tri-X 4 GB reference PCB with Hynix BFR memory, i did a FireStrike run for testing, got 10,555 3DMarks. I took the 290X_HYNIX_MOD_V1.8 BIOS, moded it to the same clocks as the stock Tri-X, flashed it, and ran 3DMark again. Hell if i got 11,118 3DMarks with the new BIOS. Makes me wonder why memory timings are not that optimized, since that would be the only thing that changed

Most likely memory optimization on the 290X's was lacking due to GCN 1.1 being a brand new architecture at the time of its release; and AMD not having much time to spend strictly on "optimization" in the face of stiff competition from Nvidia. AMD needed to get the R9 290X out the door in time to draw sales away from Nvidia's 780 Ti which was set to release shortly after the 290X.

But, during the approximately ~20 months between the release of the R9 290X and the R9 390X, AMD had plenty of time to sit around and think about how to bring out the most possible performance from the 290X without changing its hardware at all. This mean't it could be rebranded into the R9 390X, but still include a visible performance increase to the end-users.

That is just my speculation though...

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I'm looking for a bit of feedback from people running Win10 and these modded BIOS if their cards are working just fine (or overclocking just fine). I certainly consider that the Win 10 Upgrade I did could be causing some problems, besides the fact that its completely different OS and new drives too tongue.gif It's a lot of variables to go through...

It could be my ROM, I started using one of these custom ROM's somewhat early on, and I know several revisions were put out beyond what I have loaded up. Maybe the final revision (yours) work better on Win 10.

I'm sure you will be able to find a lot of feedback from people running W10 in this thread. A lot probably already exists as well if you are willing to read back in the thread a bit. But yes, upgrading the OS does change a lot of variables at once that could be causing various problems for your previous OC.

As far as your ROM goes, if you really are using one of the first revisions I released, then I would strongly recommend upgrading to one of the latest revisions, preferably ver. 1.8. The reason that these BIOS files got revised so many times was for the sake of stability. Just make sure you use GPU-Z to back up your current ROM before updating, as I don't think I have any copies of the previous revisions saved unfortunately.

Back when I was still developing these BIOS files I did not have any problems running them under Windows 10, as nothing was changed inside of the BIOS files that would affect OS compatibility. These modded BIOS files should allow the card to be used by any OS, just like a "stock" BIOS file would. I will be curious to see what solution you come up with for this instability problem. Personally, I bet updating the ROM would do the trick, although when you update the ROM there is no guarantee that you will be able to achieve the clocks you did on the previous ROM. Although who knows, maybe you could push it even farther with the new ROM?

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Edited by Insan1tyOne - 6/23/16 at 11:42am
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post #1594 of 2011
Hey guys.
I have a r9 290 with Elpida memory that unlocks to 290x. Any chance I can get a 390x bios with 290 IDs?
390x bioses give me black screen during post and the PT1T bios is way too hot at idle.
Thank you very much!
post #1595 of 2011
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Originally Posted by madalin3 View Post

Hey guys.
I have a r9 290 with Elpida memory that unlocks to 290x. Any chance I can get a 390x bios with 290 IDs?
390x bioses give me black screen during post and the PT1T bios is way too hot at idle.
Thank you very much!

I have a 390X BIOS on my 290 but it takes a lot of voltage to staf stable. I am not saying it will be the same for you but it might..
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post #1596 of 2011
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Hey guys.
I have a r9 290 with Elpida memory that unlocks to 290x. Any chance I can get a 390x bios with 290 IDs?
390x bioses give me black screen during post and the PT1T bios is way too hot at idle.
Thank you very much!
The modded BIOS in this thread is based on XFX 390X BIOS. So the modded ROM for 290 is 390X ROM with 290 device ID.
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post #1597 of 2011
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The modded BIOS in this thread is based on XFX 390X BIOS. So the modded ROM for 290 is 390X ROM with 290 device ID.

Yes, I can confirm that this is correct as well.

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post #1598 of 2011
Just switched from 1.7 to 1.8 and transferred my OC values/voltage.
I'm so close to 14k graphics score! I'm really happy with this bios smile.gif.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/12705968?
post #1599 of 2011
Thank you very much Insan1tyOne for the great work and kizwan for the heads up.

I flashed the 290 bios and it seems to work, apart from a small problem. The 290 modded voltage table bios starts the card with 0.900v with an offset of +0.036v. This is way too low even for the stock memory frequency and even if I give it +0.100v it still isn't enough to not artefact at 1375Mhz.
So I tried the stock voltage bios, but it does the exact same thing. Am I missing something? Should I use TriXX to add more than +0.1v? Or is this fixable?

Edit: It seems it is not stable even at 1250Mhz with +0.100v so it must be the memory timings as well causing issues.
Edit2: Is the 390x bios made out of magic? I put the 390x stock bios on, gave it 1080/1375, the most i could get it to without artefacting at +0.100v, and these are the resutls vs PT1T bios at 1150/1500.
Firestrike score link
Pretty damn close. So there is more to this Bios than I thought.
Edit3: And the final score is 1140/1500 at +0.2v aaaand, it got me 14.2k in firestrike.
Firestrike score link
Edited by madalin3 - 6/26/16 at 2:24am
post #1600 of 2011
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Hi everyone, I'm using the 1.81v ELPIDA MOD to have the same clocks as OG Asus DCU2.
Can someone remove the +38mv VISUALLY from AB and the +31mv in PRACTICE from Aux/VDDCI? Thanks, Gabriel.
moddef.zip 99k .zip file
Set to zero these bytes on the following addresses inside your file maybe will do what you asked: AED6-AED8 & AEDA-AEDC.
TBH i wouldn't tried it, haven't disassembly the rom to check what and if these bytes affect anything else. Last but not least, by checking your bios i can say that you have missed some crucial explanatory comments on how to set the core clock speed steps properly.
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