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A temporary fix for the excess PCI-E slot power draw for the reference RX 480 cards

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Firstly: This fix is by no means an official one and you will be using it at your own risk. If you for any reason manage to fry your card while using it, you are not entitled to make any claims for warranty exchange (RMA).

As soon as the bios flashing software supporting Ellesmere becomes available, I'll be releasing a modified bios which makes the necessary changes automatically.

The procedure is rather simple, and can be done on any software which supports I2C control on Radeon graphics. Personally I recommend MSI Afterburner for the job.

- Download and install the newest MSI Afterburner
- Go to the installation folder of MSI Afterburner (where the MSIAfterburner.exe is located) and open a new command window ("Left Shift + Right Mouse Click" when no file is selected)
- Additional step: Verify that the I2C interface to the VRM controller is working by typing following command: "MSIAfterburner /ri06,08,0D" (without the quotes). If the response is ": 20" or ":44" you're good to go.
- The two commands you need to input are following: "MSIAfterburner /wi06,08,1E,BB" and "MSIAfterburner /wi06,08,1F,B0".

Once you have given these commands the power draw from the PCI-E slot has reduced and moved towards the PCI-E power connector. The recommended programming value is "B" (/wi06,08,1E,BB and /wi06,08,1F,B0), however you can go set it to anywhere between "B" and "F". Higher the value, more of the power draw will be directed to the PCI-E power connector.

Do note that this fix must be re-applied after every reboot.

EDIT: Added the I2C response for IR3567B controller (0x44).
IR3567A = 0x20.

The fix applies for both!


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Update (alternative, more permanent way)

EDIT: Removed. Currently the Polaris bioses appear to be signature protected, which prevents any kind of modifcations to tables affecting the frequencies, voltages or power limits. The modified bioses will work otherwise normally, however the display driver will not load. The modified bioses must be sent to AMDs signature server, which recalculates the new security signature for the bios contents. A service which is not available for end-users, obviously.
Edited by The Stilt - 7/6/16 at 3:04am
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This is very interesting. I do not have a 480 to test on.

Thanks for posting this. thumb.gif
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Very interesting indeed. +rep
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+rep thumb.gif , sweet share for aiding the AMD community.
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+rep thumb.gif , sweet share for aiding the AMD community.

Thanks, there was indeed an error. Luckily only in the sample, not in the actual command biggrin.gif
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No worries smile.gif , owe you too many favours, don't know how I'd repay you biggrin.gif .
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Wow, thanks for that.

It would be nice if you could elaborate more on which component you talk to and what the values mean.

I assume you are talking to the PWM controller? What are the parameters and the exact metrics?


Found the datasheet for the controller but no info about how to actually drive it via i²c
http://www.infineon.com/cms/en/product/power/dc-dc-converter/digital-dc-dc-multiphase-controller/IR3567B/productType.html?productType=5546d462533600a401533d2546765ec7#ispnTab2
Edited by I-o-I - 7/5/16 at 9:09am
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Aw, my card's response is :44. I guess it's unable to shift the load to the 6-pin connector?
+rep anyway for the tips smile.gif
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Originally Posted by I-o-I View Post

Wow, thanks for that.

It would be nice if you could elaborate more on which component you talk to and what the values mean.

I assume you are talking to the PWM controller?

So these commands change the default configuration of the IR3567 VRM controller, which is used on all of the reference boards. There are six phases for the GPU power plane (VDDC) and half of these phases are fed from the PCI-E power connector and the other half from the PCI-E slot 12V source. At the default configuration the cards are shipped with, each of the VRM phases handle the same amount of load. The changes made by these commands affect how the load is distributed between the VRM phases.

With the configuration enabled by these commands, the half of the VRM which is fed from the PCI-E power connector will be taking care of a larger portion of the load than the other half. Since the total power draw of the GPU will remain intact, the power draw from the PCI-E slot will decrease and the power draw from the PCI-E power connector will increase.

This will increase the stress on the other half of the VRM, however the operating parameters will still remain safely below any risk limits. The per phase overcurrent limit on these cards is configured extremely conservatively (36A per phase) and even with the changed configuration there is no need to increase these safety limits from their default values. Also the over temperature protection (OTP) limits are left intact (115°C for forced throttling, 130°C for immediate shutdown).
Edited by The Stilt - 7/5/16 at 9:33am
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Originally Posted by rollingdice View Post

Aw, my card's response is :44. I guess it's unable to shift the load to the 6-pin connector?
+rep anyway for the tips smile.gif

This is my bad actually!
IR3567A response is 20 and IR3567B is 44.
You're good to go.
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