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Earlier this week, we heard reports of some early adopters of the 4 GB variant of AMD Radeon RX 480 claiming that their cards shipped with 8 GB of memory physically present on their cards, but their graphics card BIOS somehow prevented the GPU from addressing more than 4 GB of it. In its Reddit AMA, the company presented a vague answer to the question of whether such 4 GB cards are moddable to 8 GB by flashing it with the BIOS of the 8 GB variant, by stating that the ability to mod is restricted to review samples. This is both true and false. Short answer: retail 4 GB RX 480 can be flashed to 8 GB, and the modified card perfoms on par with the 8 GB variant.

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More at the source.

 

Kind of a repost of this but TPU includes the method directly in the article instead of a link to a Reddit page.

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if i could find one in stock for 199.99 id pull the trigger.
    
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RAD, you are all win. I'd be extatic if I needed a cheap new AMD build.
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//EXCITED... !!
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I told people here that some 4GB could be flashed but nobody believe me.
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Is it "luck of the draw" as far as getting a 4gb version that has physically 8gb of vram? Or does it look like all of the 4gb versions have a BIOS that disables the 8gb down to 4gb. I ask because i may consider buying a 4gb card and flashing it to 8gb but with my luck i would get a card that physically only has 4gb on it... Unless of course all if them have the 8gb on them...
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Originally Posted by infinite0180 View Post

Is it "luck of the draw" as far as getting a 4gb version that has physically 8gb of vram? Or does it look like all of the 4gb versions have a BIOS that disables the 8gb down to 4gb. I ask because i may consider buying a 4gb card and flashing it to 8gb but with my luck i would get a card that physically only has 4gb on it... Unless of course all if them have the 8gb on them...

There have been reports of 4GB cards with only 4GB physically, so it is luck of the draw.
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What a bargain! I love how AMD's products have had unlockable things. Their CPUs and GPUs have had unlockable cores, and now their GPUs have unlockable memory too!

I had a Phenom II X2 555 which unlocked into a quad core, I loved that CPU, it served me well over the years I used it in my main build.

When I find a new use for it I'll set it up again!
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the 1ghz bios trick for 7970 comes back to mind now
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I told people here that some 4GB could be flashed but nobody believe me.
I don't even believe you told anyone that.

No retribution for you!
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