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Graphics 290 unlocked to 290x

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jizwizard, 15 Nov 2013.

  1. jizwizard

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    That would be pretty awesome...
     
  4. Gnemelf

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    It can be done... but time will tell if the pcb's can handle it... I suppose with enough cooling it'll be fine..
     
  5. Sheiken

    Sheiken Wat?

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    To my knowledge the PCBs are exactly the same? And so is the TDP, so it should be a non issue.
     
  6. Parge

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    So apparently it is true.....
     
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    Orderd from ocuk, should be here monday
     
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  11. Sheiken

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    I checked if my Sapphire 290 was unlockable yesterday, and I wasn't even disappointed by the fact that mine isn't.

    It still performs wonderfully and I can't remember ever being so satisfied with a graphics card purchase.
     
  12. AlienwareAndy

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    That's the best attitude to take really. I've bought supposedly amazing things that are not amazing until you overclock them (and then you need luck). My Allendale Core 2 was clocked to 1.8ghz out of the box and could supposedly do 3ghz. However, what I didn't realise was that in order to run it at 3ghz you needed a really expensive board with really expensive memory (DDR2 clocked to 1066) which by the time you were done was no cheaper than buying the Core 2 that was nearly 3ghz any way.

    With the 290 to 290X you're not really gaining much any way given how brilliant the 290 is.
     
  13. Blogins

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    Sapphire supposedly released an enhanced BIOS...

    http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/media/?psn=0004&articleID=5453

    Not that I can find it anywhere! :rolleyes:
     
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    Most of the really early release cards can, it seems though that AMD have already actually changed the manufacturing process slightly so any after the first batch don't actually have the required parts on the silicon to flash the bios to a 290x.
     
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    got my unlocked 290 from ocuk for £359 so yep i would cancel

    from what ive read the best ones to unlock seem to be his,xfx and vtx3d
     
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    At this point with only 1 in stock from Overclockers I'd stick with dabs.

    With postage you'll only be saving a tenner since Overclockers raised the price.
     

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