1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Radeon RX 480 Cards Can Successfully be Flashed to RX 580

Discussion in 'News' started by Raevenlord, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. Raevenlord

    Raevenlord News Editor Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2016
    Messages:
    1,105 (2.70/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,097
    Location:
    Portugal
    User TonybonJoby in our own forums has successfully flashed his XFX RX 480 graphics card with the BIOS from a Sapphire RX 580 Limited Edition (the one that runs at 1411 MHz Boost clocks, yes.) Having obtained the Sapphire's BIOS right here on TPU, he then flashed it onto his graphics card (which possesses a dual-BIOS setup; this is an important point which you should consider, as it gives you an extra safety net should anything go wrong) through ATIFlash. The newly-christened RX 580 thus smiles for the screenshot, with a stock clock of 1411 MHz, higher than most overclocks possible with the RX 480 cards, probably due to increased voltages on the BIOS level. The user then tested the card on The Witcher 3 and Furmark, with no problems having been reported. Just remember to back-up your BIOS with GPU-Z and make sure to peruse our forums for some details on this flashing process before you get the proverbial grease on your elbows.

    Essentially, this may allow you to bypass some artificial overclocking limitation with your graphics card, probably by increased voltages on different power states of the card. You should do this at your own risk, and remember, the only guaranteed way of getting an RX 580 is... you guessed it, buying an RX 580. However, this might also give you an extra performance boost, and free performance is always good, right?

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Source: TechPowerUp Forums Thanks for sharing @TonybonJoby!
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
  2. nickbaldwin86

    nickbaldwin86

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2011
    Messages:
    559 (0.26/day)
    Thanks Received:
    124
    Location:
    Oregon
    bahaha this is wonderful!
     
    theoneandonlymrk says thanks.
  3. night.fox

    night.fox

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2012
    Messages:
    1,389 (0.80/day)
    Thanks Received:
    939
    Location:
    south korea
    I believe alot will expect this to happen as it was rebranded.
     
  4. qubit

    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2007
    Messages:
    14,525 (4.06/day)
    Thanks Received:
    8,259
    Location:
    Quantum Well UK
  5. natr0n

    natr0n

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2012
    Messages:
    4,136 (2.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,306
    Location:
    Boca Raton, Florida
    I got a bad feeling about this.

    The die shrink has to cause some issues with the older cards I'm sure.

    heat basically
     
  6. Beastie

    Beastie

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2016
    Messages:
    351 (0.58/day)
    Thanks Received:
    300
    Location:
    UK
    Cue loads of "I flashed my 480 with a 580 bios and now it doesn't work" threads. :fear:
     
    AsRock, manofthem, hellrazor and 8 others say thanks.
  7. Nihilus

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2011
    Messages:
    373 (0.17/day)
    Thanks Received:
    77
    Well that didn't take long. let's see it done now with an RX 470.
     
  8. kruk

    kruk

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2016
    Messages:
    367 (1.25/day)
    Thanks Received:
    355
    Can't wait to see if you can flash an unlocked RX460 to RX560 to get rid of the BIOS check patcher :).
     
  9. GorbazTheDragon

    GorbazTheDragon

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2014
    Messages:
    783 (0.61/day)
    Thanks Received:
    226
    Location:
    on a plane
    Something something rebranding, something something nvidia vs amd...
     
  10. hojnikb

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2014
    Messages:
    435 (0.34/day)
    Thanks Received:
    100
    Any such bios for the MSI Gaming X RX480 8GB ?
     
  11. Solid State Brain

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2012
    Messages:
    35 (0.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    8
    Hopefully a Sapphire RX580 Nitro+ 4GB BIOS will be uploaded at some point so that I can test this on my card.
     
  12. natr0n

    natr0n

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2012
    Messages:
    4,136 (2.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,306
    Location:
    Boca Raton, Florida
    Did the news cards get a die shrink or not ? I'm confused.


    die got refined :kookoo:
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
  13. ffleader1 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2016
    Messages:
    2 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    They used to laugh at download more RAM...Now, even better, download GPU.
     
  14. P4-630

    P4-630 The Way It's Meant to be Played

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2006
    Messages:
    8,685 (2.03/day)
    Thanks Received:
    8,394
    Location:
    Vinewood
    Yeah... Temps could run up to 80s he said in his thread....

    Still comfortable to him he said...:ohwell:

    IMO 75C is really hot and personally I try to keep my GPU temp below 65C during summer...:ohwell: thats just me..
     
    Aenra, qubit and natr0n say thanks.
    10 Year Member at TPU
  15. buildzoid

    buildzoid

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2012
    Messages:
    1,883 (1.05/day)
    Thanks Received:
    738
    Location:
    CZ
    From everything I've seen they just tweaked the power states and gave the cards more voltage. So I am going with there not being any kind of changes to the die similar to how the 390 and 390X are basically software optimized 290s and 290Xs with more better VRAM.

    BTW the new Nitro+ card is a totally different PCB from the old Nitro + I doubt the new BIOS will work with the old card.
     
    EarthDog and cdawall say thanks.
  16. Sasa Grujicic

    Sasa Grujicic

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2017
    Messages:
    1 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    [​IMG]

    sapphire nitro 480 4gb on air oced to 1450mhz with +42mv on core and 40% power limit
    ASIC Q. 77.8% STABLE 24/7 MAX TEMP 74 C

    "higher than most overclocks possible with the RX 480 cards"

    HA HA HA Capture.JPG
     
  17. natr0n

    natr0n

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2012
    Messages:
    4,136 (2.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,306
    Location:
    Boca Raton, Florida
    wow when did trixx get so pretty ?
     
  18. Divide Overflow

    Divide Overflow

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Messages:
    433 (0.14/day)
    Thanks Received:
    238
    I cringe to think how many will brick their 480s in ham-handed attempts to "upgrade" their cards.
     
  19. P4-630

    P4-630 The Way It's Meant to be Played

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2006
    Messages:
    8,685 (2.03/day)
    Thanks Received:
    8,394
    Location:
    Vinewood
    :rolleyes:
     
    10 Year Member at TPU
  20. Solid State Brain

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2012
    Messages:
    35 (0.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    8
    But as the user of this news flashed a Sapphire RX580 bios onto an XFX RX480, shouldn't it probably be fine?
    I need a RX580 4GB BIOS anyway because I know that the 8GB one won't work properly on my card, although booting can be possible in some cases (already tried!).
     
  21. KainXS

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2007
    Messages:
    5,819 (1.59/day)
    Thanks Received:
    626
    Yup this is exactly what I was thinking after seeing Gamers Nexus's review, in that review they showed the Gaming X 580 and based on the voltages and overclocked it looked just like my Gaming X 4Gb. I'm definitely not going to flash a bios from a different card on it though, I know the 580 Gaming X has the same PCB as mine and that's what I will use If I can find the bios for it to get the lower idle clocks really.
     
    10 Year Member at TPU
  22. buildzoid

    buildzoid

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2012
    Messages:
    1,883 (1.05/day)
    Thanks Received:
    738
    Location:
    CZ
    The XFX RX 480 Tony has is a XFX RX 480 RS it has the same voltage coltroler as the Nitro +. He got pretty lucky that he has one of the few RX 480s that doesn't use the IR 3567B because that would probably not work at all.
     
    EarthDog says thanks.
  23. Solid State Brain

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2012
    Messages:
    35 (0.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    8
    That's a bummer then. I was interested in the higher voltages and idle power state improvements.
     
  24. alucasa

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2009
    Messages:
    3,505 (1.13/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,294
    Like I said before,

    flashing is magical.

    Though someone is bound to flash wrong BIOS. lol
     
  25. ERazer

    ERazer

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2009
    Messages:
    1,861 (0.64/day)
    Thanks Received:
    623
    Location:
    Republic of Texas
    need balls of steel required for bios flashing
     

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)