Monday, August 6th 2012

GIGABYTE Outs Corrective BIOS Update for GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 3X OC

Apparently, GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 3X OC graphics card (model: GV-N670OC-2GD) is riddled with stability issues that can only be corrected with a graphics card BIOS update. The stability issues apparently relate to the way the GPU is addressing overclocked Hynix GDDR5 memory chips. The company released a pair of BIOS files, version F4 based on NVIDIA source BIOS 80.04.31.00.58 and version F12 based on NVIDIA source BIOS 80.04.31.00.09. The two were posted recently, but are date-stamped 13-Jul-2012. The two don't change the clock speeds the card ships with: 980 MHz core, 1058 MHz GPU Boost, and 6.00 GHz memory. Graphics card BIOS updating is a trickier process than motherboard BIOS updates, and you need to be really sure what you're doing. Find the BIOS files, and related documentation in the link below.

DOWNLOAD: BIOS updates for GV-N670OC-2GD
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39 Comments on GIGABYTE Outs Corrective BIOS Update for GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 3X OC

#26
dj-electric
Than guess what? my problematic GTX670 WF? runs on my 2500K system. It had problems before.
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#27
Hilux SSRG
Dj-ElectriC
Than guess what? my problematic GTX670 WF? runs on my 2500K system. It had problems before.
Were you having artifacts while in game? And was the card overclocked or stock settings?
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#28
Therion_I
Dj-ElectriC
Than guess what? my problematic GTX670 WF? runs on my 2500K system. It had problems before.
Then it was running on PCI-E 2.0 and thus was a completely different fault.

Sounds like a complete cluster-f*&^ by Gigabyte. I'd serriously avoid this card till they at least admit they are having issues and promise to fix them either with another bios update or replacing all the faulty ones with new ones that are fixed!
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#29
Hilux SSRG
Therion_I
Then it was running on PCI-E 2.0 and thus was a completely different fault.

Sounds like a complete cluster-f*&^ by Gigabyte. I'd serriously avoid this card till they at least admit they are having issues and promise to fix them either with another bios update or replacing all the faulty ones with new ones that are fixed!
It is a shame that a number of people are having issues. But there are plenty of users that have no trouble with their Gigabyte 670 cards, myself included.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423
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#30
Therion_I
Hilux SSRG
It is a shame that a number of people are having issues. But there are plenty of users that have no trouble with their Gigabyte 670 cards, myself included.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423
Indeed, but you too could have a faulty card and not know it. If later, for instance, you decided to upgrade to an Ivy processor but keep your 670 you may well find your 670 crashing constantly while in PCI-E 3.0. I know 2.0 won't bottleneck it but paying this amount of money for a GPU that is (in some part) broken is really disappointing. Some motherboards don't seem to have the option to downgrade to 2.0 either so you might be screwed.

If you're looking for a GTX 670 this is a safer and arguably better one:

ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit G...

If I get the offer of a refund I'm probably going to pick up one myself.
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#31
dj-electric
Hilux SSRG
Were you having artifacts while in game? And was the card overclocked or stock settings?
Stock settings, nasty artifacts and driver crashes in some games
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#32
xulos
But what if i in close time i buy ivy and z77 and realise that my card is faulty too? Who will rma it when GB is acting.like nothings happen and wont confess this is their fault?
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#33
Therion_I
xulos
But what if i in close time i buy ivy and z77 and realise that my card is faulty too? Who will rma it when GB is acting.like nothings happen and wont confess this is their fault?
They may just be still investigating and this may be something they can fix with another bios update. It would be nice of them to at least inform the community that they have heard and are investigating though.
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#34
MarcusarilliuS_IRL
Just flashed my cards from f1 to f4. It only just occurred to me after flashing weather I should have disable sli first or not? I used the gigabyte vga@bios software to do them. It seems to have worked fine but wondering if 1 card will only have been done or should both have been done together?

edit:-

in msi aferburner the first card bios is showing 80.04.31.00.58
and the second card is showing 80.04.19.00.0f
so I guess only the first card flashed.

Should I revert the first card to the original one or how do I update the second card?

edit:-

I just reverted the first card back to the original bios with the vga@bios program and think I'll leave it at that as I was not having any issues to begin with anyway so I guess if it's not broke, don't fix it :)
Running pci-e 2.0 and has been fine since day one touch wood.
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#35
Initialised
Had a pair in SLi that were dropping out in Furmark and 3DMark11 stress testing.

After the BIOS flash (F10 to F12) with the 304.79 drivers all seems OK.

Thanks for this.
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#36
Initialised
MarcusarilliuS_IRL
Just flashed my cards from f1 to f4. It only just occurred to me after flashing weather I should have disable sli first or not? I used the gigabyte vga@bios software to do them. It seems to have worked fine but wondering if 1 card will only have been done or should both have been done together?

edit:-

in msi aferburner the first card bios is showing 80.04.31.00.58
and the second card is showing 80.04.19.00.0f
so I guess only the first card flashed.

Should I revert the first card to the original one or how do I update the second card?

edit:-

I just reverted the first card back to the original bios with the vga@bios program and think I'll leave it at that as I was not having any issues to begin with anyway so I guess if it's not broke, don't fix it :)
Running pci-e 2.0 and has been fine since day one touch wood.
You can only flash the first card in SLi.

After that's done swap the cards over and flash the secondary. Really you should do it with just one card in the system at a time.
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#37
MarcusarilliuS_IRL
Thanks for the reply.

As I wasn't having any issues to begin with I think I'll leave them as they are because I don't want to have to take apart my waterloop to flash each of them.
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#38
Initialised
You may be able to unplug the power to the top card, then connect your monitor to the second. This works on older cards and AMDs.
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#39
MarcusarilliuS_IRL
ok will keep that in mind. Thanks.
Think I will leave it as is until I have an issue that might need a bios flash to resolve, until then I won't bother.

Thanks for the info though.
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