New BIOS out for GTX 970

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Section' started by MichaelT, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. brutlern

    brutlern Master Guru

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    Thanks, EDKiefer. But I'd rather not risk turning my card into a very expensive brick to eliminate such a minor issue.
     
  2. Agent-A01

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    As long as the hardware is the same, there will be no issues.

    Of course up to user to find that out
     
  3. OrdinaryOregano

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    MSI's LiveUpdate shows no BIOS update for me, do I need to manually do it or should I assume it's already updated?

    Got the GPU today itself.

    EDIT: It's the latest, phew.
     
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  4. UZ7

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    Usually the later batches of the cards will have the latest BIOS installed.

    Here is the NV316MH.185 (Previous 125, 182, 184) for the GTX 970 Gaming 09S / 03S / 010 S/N, no release notes, should come up on updater later on. No word if Golden edition will have one as well. BIOS version seems the same but the checksum shows up differently.

    You can download it here:
    http://forums.guru3d.com/showpost.php?p=4988312&postcount=1722

    Or from their official forums:
    https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=252150.msg1449187#msg1449187
     

  5. skacikpl

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    What about
    V316-050B

    MSI Live Update reports that my VGA BIOS is NV316MH.184, but my S/N seems different than others i've seen.
     
  6. UZ7

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    You seem to have a later card (newer batch) so it came with .184 the latest BIOS at the time, not entirely sure what they changed or if they changed anything on .185, you could update to it if you'd like but certainly not needed/required. If you do decide to make sure you back up your old BIOS via GPU-Z.
     
  7. sykozis

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    If you have the money to risk bricking a card, go for it. For those of us on a budget, it's not really a wise idea to use a bios from a different vendor.

    If all works out, I should have my 970 on Wednesday.
     
  8. ---TK---

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    There is very little risk if you have a spare card or use the igp in case something goes wrong, if you do not have a back up I do not recommend flashing gpu bios.
     
  9. Deasnutz

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    Is it a reference card? If so, then very little risk at all.
     
  10. EdKiefer

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    The EVGA acx is a reference design If I am not mistaken but MSI gaming is not reference so don't do it .
     

  11. Astug

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    Could someone be so kind to point me to a guide or sth similar on how to flash on a Maxwell card? I've done it before on my GTX680 but this was a long time ago.

    I installed the MSI Live Update but the latest update showed 182, when 184 and now 185 are available.
     
  12. UZ7

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    You can either use this and run 185.bat, taken from: https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=252080.0

    http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=00115977708184555128

    OR

    You can download 185 yourself and use NVFLash from:

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1521334/official-nvflash-with-certificate-checks-bypassed-for-gtx-970-980

    Which all you have to do is go to your Device Manager, under Display Adapters disable NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970, drag the .rom to the nvflash.exe and then follow the directions, after it successfully flashes then you reboot, go back to your device manager and reenable, thats how I do it myself and flashed plenty of bios just fine :).

    You can also follow this guy's guide if you'd like more visual:
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1523391/easy-nvflash-guide-with-pictures-for-gtx-970-980
     
  13. Memorian

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    185 ? Already ? Damn, they're fast..
     
  14. Ital

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    Why so many VBIOS updates for the MSI card? Is there something seriously wrong with its design?

    Also the MSI card has a fan defect which cannot be fixed with a VBIOS update and MSI refuses to disclose what the defect is as mentioned in https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=184604.50

    I almost bought the MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G, but I'm glad that I went for a Palit GTX 970 JetStream instead.
     
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  15. UZ7

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    MSI actually has a lot of variants so there will be many BIOS for different cards but for the most part the fan issue was fixed with the .182 BIOS if not then there is probably something wrong with their fan themselves as I've not encountered any problem, .184 came out and shortly .185 came out these are for the Gaming Edition mostly as there are Golden Edition versions as well.

    Previous fixes were like UEFI and windows 8 and stuff but other than that they don't really disclose much information (if any). If there is no problem with the card, you don't really need to update the BIOS unless for the sake of getting the latest and/or if you're into a lot of BIOS modifying/editing.

    The thread is a little dated so all those could have already been resolved, and many stuff such as new Drivers, new BIOS, new Afterburner have been released so hopefully there isn't any other problems after all that. I haven't seen any myself but on the other hand I modded my BIOS to run the fans at 700rpm on idle but my bro who also has a golden edition hasnt had any problems on his stock either. So if you're on a more recent one like .182 with the fan fix or bought a card after end of November, chances are you won't have the fan issues.

    As for the later versions I have no clue unless its more for UEFI stuff :p
     

  16. slickric21

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    Is .185 for Samsung for memory aswell ?

    Iirc there were different vbios for different brands of vram.
    .125 for Samsung, and .126 for Hynix.

    Then suddenly from .182 for all cards ?

    Got Samsung vram and just wondering what the latest vbios is for me. (Currently on the fan fix .182)
     
  17. Elite3540

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    Thanks very much man, I was looking for those threads/Guides. :)
     
  18. EdKiefer

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    It goes by SN# like here
    https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=184740.0

    I don't know on which SN# has which memory .
    I guess once they had both brands running they maybe could make 1 bios compatible with both .
     
  19. EdKiefer

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    What you are talking about was early on at release some of the fans had issues of not spinning up right .
    If you had one of these cards you needed to RMA it and AFAIK most had no trouble doing that , though I did see some Europe resellers giving users hard time returning .
    The bios fan fix is just something many cards that support 0 fan idle speeds had set wrong in bios with new Nvidia drivers .
     
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    Cheers mate.
     

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