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07-29-2020 11:38 PM
Jelle99 Wow thank you very much mate! That was exactly what I needed! I hope the newer versions of ASUS tweak will still be able to get voltage and higher frequency control.


In case anyone asks for the same, I was able to get the ASUS tweak version that let's you gain full voltage control. Version number is 2491.


I am unable to upload it here as max allowed file size is 9766KB, not sure where to upload it for people who may need it, sorry.
07-29-2020 11:08 AM
mirzet1976
Quote: Originally Posted by Jelle99 View Post
I see that there are still activity in this thread so I'm going to try my luck.


I just picked up an R9 290x from ebay that, on stock cooling (reference) does 1225 on core and 1625 on memory (maxed out in afterburner). Now I wonder what it can do if I throw my phase changer on it. I remember some problems with black benching on cold but I can only go to -40. I think that's where the problems start but I will try to work around it somehow. I have a cascade that goes to -120 with a very good 9900K that can run 6+GHz with it on, and very good memory controller, so I have a good chance at some good scores.


Anyway, I just cannot find links that work to the PT1 and PT3 BIOS, I remember using them back when the cards came out (still running the original ones I got in my gaming system). Does anyone have these BIOS? I want to test various voltage settings and perhaps do a live stream this weekend if I can get a hold of these BIOS again. But I won't go far without proper voltage control.
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07-28-2020 04:24 AM
Jelle99 I see that there are still activity in this thread so I'm going to try my luck.


I just picked up an R9 290x from ebay that, on stock cooling (reference) does 1225 on core and 1625 on memory (maxed out in afterburner). Now I wonder what it can do if I throw my phase changer on it. I remember some problems with black benching on cold but I can only go to -40. I think that's where the problems start but I will try to work around it somehow. I have a cascade that goes to -120 with a very good 9900K that can run 6+GHz with it on, and very good memory controller, so I have a good chance at some good scores.


Anyway, I just cannot find links that work to the PT1 and PT3 BIOS, I remember using them back when the cards came out (still running the original ones I got in my gaming system). Does anyone have these BIOS? I want to test various voltage settings and perhaps do a live stream this weekend if I can get a hold of these BIOS again. But I won't go far without proper voltage control.
07-08-2020 03:01 PM
Unknownroad ^Thank you!
07-07-2020 10:21 PM
TwilightRavens
Quote: Originally Posted by Unknownroad View Post
Quick question here to see if I can get an answer without starting a new thread: GPU died on me and thinking of picking up a R9 390x. I think some may not know, but there are sporadic issues with RX 400 series and RX 500 series working with legacy bios on older boards, even though they theoretically should work.

Can anyone confirm via experience with older mobos if a R9 390x (looking at the sapphire versions with the physical bios switch) should work with my ancient X38 board and this BIOS?: American Megatrends Inc. 1403, 9/10/2009
Mine does, but mine is a 290X and it has dual bios, one is UEFI, the other is legacy BIOS, if i flip it to the legacy bios switch it works flawlessly. I think the 300 series its automatic, the 200 series not so much. Also my 290X is the MSI Gaming version so I can't speak for Sapphire.
07-07-2020 06:25 PM
Unknownroad Quick question here to see if I can get an answer without starting a new thread: GPU died on me and thinking of picking up a R9 390x. I think some may not know, but there are sporadic issues with RX 400 series and RX 500 series working with legacy bios on older boards, even though they theoretically should work.

Can anyone confirm via experience with older mobos if a R9 390x (looking at the sapphire versions with the physical bios switch) should work with my ancient X38 board and this BIOS?: American Megatrends Inc. 1403, 9/10/2009
07-07-2020 05:48 AM
panamamike
Quote: Originally Posted by kithylin View Post
It's more down to the silicon lotto and if you got lucky with a high clocking card or not. In general the 4GB version of the 290X overclocks a good bit higher / faster than the 8GB version, FYI. Also you can remove the power limits with the editing tools for all bios's, even the bios's from AMD on a stock R9 290X. There's no need to concern yourself with any other bios. Just tune the one on your card and it should let you get the most out of your card.
My case is a bit different than the normal R9 290. I have an S9150. All I want to do is hit the top factory clock. For some reason, the card is not doing this and you can't use a tool like afterburner to adjust the voltage or clocks because they are all locked down as it's a server card. I was able to use the Hawaii BIOS editor, but not sure if I can use a different version BIOS for the same exact card. All the specs look to be the same but one BIOS is newer than the other. What had me concerned is the fact that the HEX address values for the clocks and other are different. Don't know why they would be different for the exact same cards.
07-07-2020 12:24 AM
kithylin
Quote: Originally Posted by panamamike View Post
Thanks for letting me know, that's pretty much what I did, but was hoping to use a different version of the bios as one card performs better than the other. I thought maybe it was due to the version of the bios.
It's more down to the silicon lotto and if you got lucky with a high clocking card or not. In general the 4GB version of the 290X overclocks a good bit higher / faster than the 8GB version, FYI. Also you can remove the power limits with the editing tools for all bios's, even the bios's from AMD on a stock R9 290X. There's no need to concern yourself with any other bios. Just tune the one on your card and it should let you get the most out of your card.
07-06-2020 09:10 PM
panamamike
Quote: Originally Posted by kithylin View Post
With older video cards like this it is NOT SAFE AND DO NOT USE ANY OTHER BIOS OTHER THAN THE ONE THAT SHIPPED WITH YOUR CARD. There is information in the first post of this thread on how to modify the bios. Extract the original bios that shipped on your card, save it somewhere, modify it and flash the modified version. If you screw up then you can re-flash the original back onto it.
Thanks for letting me know, that's pretty much what I did, but was hoping to use a different version of the bios as one card performs better than the other. I thought maybe it was due to the version of the bios.
07-06-2020 07:14 PM
kithylin
Quote: Originally Posted by panamamike View Post
Wanted to know if it is normal and safe to use a different BIOS version for the same card? Wanted to better understand how the addresses are determined and if they can change because they are dynamic. I'm using the Hawaii Bios reader. I have two of the same card, but different BIOS. Looks like one version of the BIOS may be better than the other, but the HEX address values differ. Help would be much appreciated.

Mike
With older video cards like this it is NOT SAFE AND DO NOT USE ANY OTHER BIOS OTHER THAN THE ONE THAT SHIPPED WITH YOUR CARD. There is information in the first post of this thread on how to modify the bios. Extract the original bios that shipped on your card, save it somewhere, modify it and flash the modified version. If you screw up then you can re-flash the original back onto it.
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