Sapphire RX580 Pulse with Dual BIOS?

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  1. yomibro macrumors regular

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    I just purchased the above card and noticed that it stated on the box the card has Dual BIOS, one setting is for Gaming and the other for Compute. The included manual doesn't reference anything at all regarding this (there is only a small piece of paper included detailing where the switch is), I couldn't find any reference in Sapphires website either about this particular card.

    The "Dual BIOS" reference is on a sticker rather than printed on the box, is this a legit product? Purchased this new from Newegg directly (not 3rd party vendor from Newegg.com either) so hoping I didn't get some kind of knockoff or weird?

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  2. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

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    Doesn't look legit to me, as far as I know only the Sapphire Nitro cards have a dual BIOS. Still, it's a great card all the same.
     
  3. yomibro thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ran a quick Cinebench test to see what is the difference between Game vs Compute setting, appears to be no difference at all from the looks of it.

    RX580 (Game vs Compute)
    62.99 FPS / 61.85FPS
    1610cb / 1601cb

    Pondering if this was even a good upgrade compared to my 7950 Mac Edition which had similar numbers, gained 5GB of memory but lost boot screen in 4K at 30Hz. :confused:
     
  4. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

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    Wait, you're telling me that your RX 580 actually has a dual bios?

    Can you provide photos of the card itself, front and back, as well as the bios switch...if you don't mind.

    Those stickers scream out 'fake', but I'm curious to see what the card itself looks like.
     
  5. yomibro thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hope this helps, switch is located near the top of the heatsink.
     
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    Here’s the only other mention of the BiOS switch in the box
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    Only way to find out is taking the cooler apart and look at the chip but that would void my warranty and return priviledge with Newegg so probably won’t do that...
     
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    Looks like the one to get if you want to play with the BIOS. :)
     
  11. cube macrumors P6

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    Compute looks like mining mode.
     
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  13. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    Trust me, you were benchmarking the CPU not the GPU.

    Unless you upgrade to a faster CPU, of course it won't show any improvement.

    If you want to compare the compute performance, better to use Luxmark.

    If you want to compare 3D performance, better to use Unigine Valley.
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    This is really what I want. Apple officially supported dual slot wide OOTB card with dual BIOS.

    So that I can test whatever ROM / mod I want.
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    I am 99% sure this card will have a new part number which is not Apple blessed. Hopefully I am wrong.
     
  14. yomibro thread starter macrumors regular

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    With a dual BIOS, is it now possible to flash the RX 580 to get a boot screen? Or is this still impossible because of the architecture of the GPU?
     
  17. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    No
     
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    I know this is an older thread, but I wanted to show that with the Sapphire Pulse
    V2 card (with the switch) I have the Orinoco frame buffer. I'm on boot rom 140.0.0.0.0.

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    Amazon, it was a christmas present from my girlfriend.
     
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  22. bsbeamer macrumors 68020

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    Thanks, but not looking for myself. (Already have my approved Sapphire Pulse RX 580 8GB purchased last year.)

    Pulse RX 580 8GB models are currently out of stock from traditional resellers in the US right now and was asking for possible additional recommendations for people who are asking on this forum. Still may be best for them to wait out the stock shortage that should resolve by end of month.
     
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    Got it. Amazon has 5 in stock, albeit from third party seller Etechtopia, but at $299.99 which seems high; $55 more than mine cost on 12 December 2018.
     

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