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Can i unlock this 290 to 290x?

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Can i unlock this Club3D Radeon R9 290 RoyalKing to R9 290x?



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Not really because the cards are different in the fact that the 290 has shaders/streaming processors locked/shut down vs the 290x and while it is possibly possible a simple bios change wont necessarily do it and that part of the card might be non working hence it was sent down a tier it also may be the case that the traces too it arent even connected so it is completely impossible, every card release is different and every manufacturer does things different but i would say no, way to much work for something that most likely isnt even possible.if i knew more about the card internally i could answer this more solidly but sadly i dont. i do hope this helps though

Edit: so i looked into it more and it CAN be done a bit easier then most cards with the 290 but the chance of success seems to be very low if not erratic in whether it correctly works.
Edited by InverseTundra - 7/2/16 at 11:22pm
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Have a read though this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1443242/the-r9-290-290x-unlock-thread
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Not really because the cards are different in the fact that the 290 has shaders/streaming processors locked/shut down vs the 290x and while it is possibly possible a simple bios change wont do it and that part of the card might be non working hence it was sent down a tier it also may be the case that the traces too it arent even connected so it is completely impossible, every card release is different and every manufacturer does things different but i would say no, way to much work for something that most likely isnt even possible.if i knew more about the card internally i could answer this more solidly but sadly i dont. i do hope this helps though
No it is possible on some earlier model 290's to unlock into a full blown 290X as they had only BIOS locked the remaining shaders and were not physically cut from the die
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Have a read though this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1443242/the-r9-290-290x-unlock-thread
No it is possible on some earlier model 290's to unlock into a full blown 290X as they had only BIOS locked the remaining shaders and were not physically cut from the die

Haha just as i clicked submit on my edit. yea i did look into it, i didnt think it would be one of the cards capable of it, cool to see it is would just be nice if the results were more consistent, i have a loose 290 here with dual bios just no cooling fans on it, might try it once i get ahold of some fans ( i bought it off a guy on craigslist for 100 bucks. heatsink is fine he just broke off the fans for a retarded reason, i got a kick out of it tbh. he was trying to take off the heatsink and fans to sell it to a guy who wanted it for a watercooling build but wanted him to take off the heatsink first because he didnt know how to ( BS imo but whatever ) but he also had no idea how to do it so he cut and tore them off and after he did it the guy who wanted it backed out lol. as soon as i find replacement fans at a reasonable price im going to dedicate it to Folding with a core 2 quad haha. )
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