AMD GCN GPU Disabled Stream Processors Unlockable with Software

Discussion in 'Frontpage news' started by Hilbert Hagedoorn, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

    Messages:
    41,064
    Likes Received:
    9,330
    GPU:
    AMD | NVIDIA
  2. Dazz

    Dazz Master Guru

    Messages:
    918
    Likes Received:
    102
    GPU:
    ASUS STRIX RTX 2080
    Interesting might give this a try when i get home i have the R9 290 but it's one of the first cards with custom cooling from MSI kinda interested if i can unlock the other processors, it's still plenty fast enough but hey, more the merrier!
     
  3. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

    Messages:
    12,219
    Likes Received:
    4,393
    GPU:
    2080Ti @h2o
    Somewhat similar to the infamous 6950 and 6970 thing, which sometimes worked, but later they used binned chips and it was no longer possible to unlock them.

    Wouldn't be surprised if there was only a minor number of unlocks.
     
  4. davido6

    davido6 Maha Guru

    Messages:
    1,436
    Likes Received:
    18
    GPU:
    Rx5700xt
    seems alot off fury cards can be unlocked to the x looking good this
     

  5. Matt26LFC

    Matt26LFC Ancient Guru

    Messages:
    3,096
    Likes Received:
    50
    GPU:
    RTX 2080Ti
    Yeah I did that with my two 6950's didnt seem to help much though with my cards.

    Be interesting to see what happens when peoples start trying this.
     
  6. Undying

    Undying Ancient Guru

    Messages:
    15,729
    Likes Received:
    4,753
    GPU:
    Aorus RX580 XTR 8GB
    Anyone with Tonga Pro tried to unlock Tonga XT? Card exist in mobile, maybe you'll end up with unique desktop GPU. :D
     
  7. Fox2232

    Fox2232 Ancient Guru

    Messages:
    11,810
    Likes Received:
    3,363
    GPU:
    6900XT+AW@240Hz
    People will still get Fury X for its cooling. And Fury popularity will rise as people like good chance HW lottery.
     
  8. BedantP

    BedantP Master Guru

    Messages:
    220
    Likes Received:
    0
    GPU:
    STRIX 960 1500Mhz/2009Mhz
    Damn. Red camp's winning!
    Tell me again why NVIDIA does not make any mistakes?
     
  9. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

    Messages:
    12,219
    Likes Received:
    4,393
    GPU:
    2080Ti @h2o
    Where's the red camp winning? Last time we checked they had declining market share in GPUs, and if this is true AMD is missing out on sales / revenue in the next months, I'm afraid they're only working towards their own demise if this unlocking will become widespread...

    Nvidia on the other hand does not allow simple firmware unlocking, if you buy a cut down chip it will stay a cutdown chip, and if you want more they make you buy the more expensive card. ;)

    Still, good news for the USERS so far.
     
  10. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

    Messages:
    9,793
    Likes Received:
    1,148
    GPU:
    EVGA 1080ti SC
    From what I've seen all Tonga's are laser cut.
     

  11. signex

    signex Ancient Guru

    Messages:
    8,797
    Likes Received:
    158
    GPU:
    NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti
    They still do this crap? why? just why...
     
  12. xIcarus

    xIcarus Master Guru

    Messages:
    954
    Likes Received:
    96
    GPU:
    1080 Ti AORUS
    Potential sales. There are people who will buy it and try to unlock.
    Also free marketing, plain and simple. Cards are getting some attention.

    If I had a company I wouldn't avoid doing this. Think about the fact that they probably save a bit of money by not physically cutting down the chips. After they find out that people figured out the chips are not cut down, they just start cutting them down. Easy win-win scenario between the company and the user.
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2015
  13. WareTernal

    WareTernal Master Guru

    Messages:
    248
    Likes Received:
    39
    GPU:
    PNY RTX 3070
    Yep, my 285 looks like every other one at OCN - hard locked.
    Hilbert said "GCN based Pro series GPUs from AMD (Hawaii Pro / Fury Pro / Tonga Pro / etc)", but I didn't see any mention of "pro" gpu's in the original article.
    What card is using Tonga Pro?
     
  14. schmidtbag

    schmidtbag Ancient Guru

    Messages:
    5,896
    Likes Received:
    2,288
    GPU:
    HIS R9 290
    That doesn't make any sense, considering the R9 285 was the only GCN 1.2 GPU in it's generation. I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just wondering why AMD would intentionally crop out something when there was never a higher-end version of the chip.

    Not sure if I'm explaining myself clearly haha.
     
  15. theoneofgod

    theoneofgod Ancient Guru

    Messages:
    4,605
    Likes Received:
    249
    GPU:
    RX 580 8GB
    If it's true, the answer is, it's AMD.
     

  16. waltc3

    waltc3 Maha Guru

    Messages:
    1,269
    Likes Received:
    422
    GPU:
    AMD 50th Ann 5700XT
    Interesting article...! Got an R9 380 on the way...
     
  17. Nuk1e

    Nuk1e Member Guru

    Messages:
    177
    Likes Received:
    1
    GPU:
    Asus GTX980Ti Strix
    WOW this is an old trick I remember I would use some kind of special driver on my old radeon 9800se to unlock extra pipes in the gpu and make it perform very close to a radeon 9800 pro :) hopefully someone can actually unlock them tho would be great for amd users.
     
  18. Dazz

    Dazz Master Guru

    Messages:
    918
    Likes Received:
    102
    GPU:
    ASUS STRIX RTX 2080
    Oh well i am out of luck, says the 4 compute shaders is hardware locked.
     
  19. seaplane pilot

    seaplane pilot Maha Guru

    Messages:
    1,295
    Likes Received:
    2
    GPU:
    2080Ti Strix
    Be back l8r :banana:
     
  20. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

    Messages:
    9,793
    Likes Received:
    1,148
    GPU:
    EVGA 1080ti SC
    There is no Tonga XT desktop GPU only a Tonga Pro. IIRC 4 CU's are disabled on the 285 and 380.
     

Share This Page