Early AMD RX 480 4GB GPUs can be BIOS flashed to an 8GB version

Early AMD RX 480 4GB GPUs can be BIOS flashed to an 8GB version

Early AMD RX 480 4GB GPUs can be BIOS flashed to an 8GB version

Early AMD RX 480 4GB GPUs can be BIOS flashed to an 8GB version

 

In the past a lot of AMD users have been able to BIOS flash their GPUs in order to unlock additional GPU shaders, but now it seems that with early retail samples of the AMD RX 480 users will be able to BIOS flash their reference RX 480 4GB GPUs into 8GB versions. 

This is possible because these initial samples of AMD's RX 480 GPUs all use 8GB of physical memory, even the 4GB models, allowing some users to simply BIOS flash their GPUs in order to access this additional 4GB of GDDR5 memory. 

  Early AMD RX 480 4GB GPUs can be BIOS flashed to an 8GB version  

 

It is expected that not all 4GB AMD RX 480 GPUs will feature 8GB of memory but some users may get lucky and have the potential to unlock themselves some extra VRAM. This effectively gives the end user an 8GB GPU at a greatly reduced price. 

To check if your RX 480 4GB GPU can be unlocked to utilise 8GB of VRAM all you need to do is take apart your GPU and read the model numbers and check them online to see whether they are 4Gbit or 8Gbit chips. If your GPU has 8Gbit VRAM chips then you should be able to BIOS flash your GPU in order to access it.

BIOS flashing your GPU does come with its own risks and should not be attempted by a novice unless they are willing to risk breaking their own hardware in the process.   

 

You can join the discussion on 4GB AMD RX 480 GPUs unlocking into 8GB versions on the OC3D Forums

 

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05-07-2016, 06:10:30

SpencerUk
That would be cracking value if people can do it!Quote

05-07-2016, 06:11:59

AlienALX
I doubt it will last too long. Basically it would have been all hands on deck for the 8gb card which is worth more cash, so as soon as they start another line for the 4gb it will be just 4gb.

Issue is as of now there is no way to flash the card because only reviewers got the tools. Sure that will change though Quote

05-07-2016, 10:50:47

Kushiro
say wuutt.Quote
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