GIGABYTE Outs Corrective BIOS Update for GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 3X OC


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Apparently, GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 3X OC graphics card (model: GV-N670OC-2GD) is riddled with stability issues that can only be corrected with a graphics card BIOS update. The stability issues apparently relate to the way the GPU is addressing overclocked Hynix GDDR5 memory chips. The company released a pair of BIOS files, version F4 based on NVIDIA source BIOS 80.04.31.00.58 and version F12 based on NVIDIA source BIOS 80.04.31.00.09. The two were posted recently, but are date-stamped 13-Jul-2012. The two don't change the clock speeds the card ships with: 980 MHz core, 1058 MHz GPU Boost, and 6.00 GHz memory. Graphics card BIOS updating is a trickier process than motherboard BIOS updates, and you need to be really sure what you're doing. Find the BIOS files, and related documentation in the link below.
http://www.techpowerup.com/170032/G...date-for-GeForce-GTX-670-WindForce-3X-OC.html


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Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 3X OC graphics card was promoted as one of the best high-end NVIDIA-based cards, not counting GTX 680 products, but there is a problem.

Assuming we are reading this right, the video board (GV-N670OC-2GD) has a variety of stability issues regarding the way the GPU addresses overclocked Hynix GDDR5 memory chips.

There are two BIOS files available. One of them is based on NVIDIA source BIOS 80.04.31.00.58 and is called version F4, while the other (F12) is based on NVIDIA source BIOS 80.04.31.00.09.

Don't be confused by the date strapped on them. While they were, apparently, completed on July 12, they have been posted only recently.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Gigabyte-GTX-670-WindForce-3X-OC-Needs-BIOS-Fix-285301.shtml



So i just did mine, cant say i noticed any issues beforehand, but updated it anyway. I used the Gigabyte [email protected] tool, available from the Gigabyte site here - http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4211&dl=1#bios

Before the update GPU-Z reported my BIOS as 80.04.19.00.0F (P2004-0005)

Now its reporting 80.04.31.00.58 (P2004-0005)

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Now this is most likely placebo, but i'm sure upon rebooting the display looked 'crisper' and just generally better/brighter..... Have checked my NV CP settings and its as i left it. Nothing has changed.

Placebo? Maybe, I dunno. Game time, lets see if there is a difference..... :)
 
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