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I just bought this Vega 64 ES, but someone questioned that there's a Void Warranty sticker on one of the screws... any comments? I'm really hoping it has a BIOS that's not in this database: https://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/?manufacturer=AMD&model=RX+Vega+64


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put it in gpuz show a screenshot

https://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/?architecture=Uploads&manufacturer=AMD&model=RX+Vega+64&version=&interface=&memType=&memSize=&since=
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hope to receive the card by the end of the week. is there any cause of concern with the legitimacy of an ES having a Void Warranty sticker on a screw?
i would ask @Fouquin but i dont see why not, some do come with them.
 
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I just bought this Vega 64 ES
hope to receive the card by the end of the week. is there any cause of concern with the legitimacy of an ES having a Void Warranty sticker on a screw?
Oh you lucky bugger! I've been poking around for a hint of Vega samples in the wild and you've managed to snag one, that means they're out there!

I wouldn't worry about the sticker. AMD puts warranty stickers on samples sometimes, especially late production ones that are final spec. I would guess they put one on this card because it was being sent out to an OEM for testing and they don't want them tinkering with the cards. The sticker itself is fairly easy to circumvent with a steady hand and a razor blade. Pop it open and see if the PCB or ASIC has any distinguished marking (usually sharpie). If it has that plus the yellow sticker, it's legit.

Edit: Quick look at eBay confirms it for me. These are samples for either external testing/review or internal tinkering. Here's another one up for sale right now.
 
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Oh you lucky bugger! I've been poking around for a hint of Vega samples in the wild and you've managed to snag one, that means they're out there!

I wouldn't worry about the sticker. AMD puts warranty stickers on samples sometimes, especially late production ones that are final spec. I would guess they put one on this card because it was being sent out to an OEM for testing and they don't want them tinkering with the cards. The sticker itself is fairly easy to circumvent with a steady hand and a razor blade. Pop it open and see if the PCB or ASIC has any distinguished marking (usually sharpie). If it has that plus the yellow sticker, it's legit.

Edit: Quick look at eBay confirms it for me. These are samples for either external testing/review or internal tinkering. Here's another one up for sale right now.
are these Late / Final Spec / External Testing / Review samples still Rare and coveted? Someone did point me out and I recall myself an actual Prototype of the Vega, so I just wonder if what i got is still considered interesting enough:

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are these Late / Final Spec / External Testing / Review samples still Rare and coveted? Someone did point me out and I recall myself an actual Prototype of the Vega, so I just wonder if what i got is still considered interesting enough:

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Certainly still considered rare. It's possible they made thousands of these cards but they aren't retail cards by any means. I've noticed with older generations that even late sample cards can have some quirks. My Fury X sample for example is a pretty late production card, and yet the core was clearly cherry picked and the primary UEFI it shipped with has an increased power limit of 150% allowing for some pretty good overclocking.

As for the "proper" sample you posted above, I very much doubt that card ever makes it out of AMD unmolested. I've got a few internal test sample cards that are covered in hand-soldered bypasses. component revisions, and unfinished assemblies and they're all beat up and destroyed. I almost prefer the working yellow-sticker cards than the used and abused ones. But yes, what you have would be less rare and coveted than a much earlier revision, especially something with the debug PCB. Doesn't make it less cool to be honest.
 
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Certainly still considered rare. It's possible they made thousands of these cards but they aren't retail cards by any means. I've noticed with older generations that even late sample cards can have some quirks. My Fury X sample for example is a pretty late production card, and yet the core was clearly cherry picked and the primary UEFI it shipped with has an increased power limit of 150% allowing for some pretty good overclocking.

As for the "proper" sample you posted above, I very much doubt that card ever makes it out of AMD unmolested. I've got a few internal test sample cards that are covered in hand-soldered bypasses. component revisions, and unfinished assemblies and they're all beat up and destroyed. I almost prefer the working yellow-sticker cards than the used and abused ones. But yes, what you have would be less rare and coveted than a much earlier revision, especially something with the debug PCB. Doesn't make it less cool to be honest.
Thank you for your assistance

Here is all the history of the card that i have so far from the seller:

" I had recived it from an AMD employee, they were off-loading some equipmemt to make room for new items. "
 
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Thank you for your assistance

Here is all the history of the card that i have so far from the seller:

" I had recived it from an AMD employee, they were off-loading some equipmemt to make room for new items. "
Yeah... He's a bit of a dick for selling it. They give samples out freely from time to time but the official stance is they should carry no value at all. The seller decided to disregard that and make a quick buck instead. Not surprising honestly.

Here's what Robert Hallock had to say about it when I asked him:

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I also have this nVidia GeForce FX 5800 Ultra



 
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Here's an update on the Vega 64 ES so far:

https://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/wewdp

https://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/196293/196293

Additional update, the card seems totally unremarkable aside from the Engineering Sample...



@Fouquin could my card still be an ES? even though it's basically a final revision retail card?
Because of the sticker I would say that it is certainly an ES, but the card is physically and functionally the same as a retail Vega 64. Judging from the UEFI date it looks to be newer than the initial Vega launch by quite some time. So what makes this card special is that it was pulled from retail shipment specifically by AMD and marked for their use only. It's also still possible it's got a golden sample ASIC or HBM2.
 
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So a friend of mine has a relatively interesting card, it’s a Quadro 4000 but it has the GF110 core instead of the standard GF100. It also has a slightly different PCB. Any thoughts?
 
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Grumble, some of us at [H] suspect maybe Linus underhandedly poached this card from an eBay auction that we were legitimately bidding on.


https://hardforum.com/threads/intel-larrabee-a-prototype.1948986/
When I looked it was a buy-it-now auction from the seller for $300 USD. It's possible the seller ended the auction and quickly relisted at an agreed price, but that's a pretty annoying process.

I've tried finding the original listing but it has expired from eBay.
 
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I have confirmation from the "Russian" who owns the other Larrabee prototype that "XXXsh: he says it shows in the system as co-processor" ... that is with booting to video with an IGP or Dedicated other video card.

When I looked it was a buy-it-now auction from the seller for $300 USD. It's possible the seller ended the auction and quickly relisted at an agreed price, but that's a pretty annoying process.

I've tried finding the original listing but it has expired from eBay.
Beyond this?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Larrabee-a-prototype-of-the-cancelled-Intel-GPU-/232564439281?rmvSB=true&hash=item3625ebb8f1:g:V8sAAOSwJtdaDc~c&nma=true&si=27o%2BTY3bBkJlncq0PYd8A%2BuHz4s%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
 
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I have confirmation from the "Russian" who owns the other Larrabee prototype that "XXXsh: he says it shows in the system as co-processor" ... that is with booting to video with an IGP or Dedicated other video card.



Beyond this?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Larrabee-a-prototype-of-the-cancelled-Intel-GPU-/232564439281?rmvSB=true&hash=item3625ebb8f1:g:V8sAAOSwJtdaDc~c&nma=true&si=27o%2BTY3bBkJlncq0PYd8A%2BuHz4s%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
Yeah I recall it being a flat $300 with the same $20 shipping, but I could be mistaken. I can't provide any alternative link so I'm just going to assume what you've posted is what I saw and I just remembered it incorrectly.
 
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