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    AMD RX 460 BIOS unlocked for 1024 Stream Processors

    BIOS mod has been verified by a couple of tech sites this weekend.
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    Re: AMD RX 460 BIOS unlocked for 1024 Stream Processors

    I'm glad you mentioned the new AMD drivers picking up on these BIOS Mods, Do it at your own risk!

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    Re: AMD RX 460 BIOS unlocked for 1024 Stream Processors

    Wow,it actually hardly changes power consumption either:

    https://www.techpowerup.com/228601/a...eam-processors

    The Asus Strix gains nearly 10% overall in performance just from the unlocked shaders.



    So basically AMD just made the GTX1050 look better for no reason.

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    Re: AMD RX 460 BIOS unlocked for 1024 Stream Processors

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    ... So basically AMD just made the GTX1050 look better for no reason.
    Probably the early yields weren't good enough to produce enough fully-enabled cards. They'd have looked a lot worse if 1 in every 10 cards was borked straight out of the box, and we've only had, what, 7 confirmed successes with this technique so far? Plus they were obviously reserving the top bin dies for the professional cards which have a much higher margin.

    Yields should have improved over time, so I'd expect to see a fully enabled RX 465 down the line...

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    Re: AMD RX 460 BIOS unlocked for 1024 Stream Processors

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    Yields should have improved over time, so I'd expect to see a fully enabled RX 465 down the line...
    It still doesn't beat the 1050 on performance, so if it hurt the £90 starting price of the RX 460 I think it would be a backwards step.

    An extra crippled 470 might be a better move.

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    Re: AMD RX 460 BIOS unlocked for 1024 Stream Processors

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    It still doesn't beat the 1050 on performance, so if it hurt the £90 starting price of the RX 460 I think it would be a backwards step.

    An extra crippled 470 might be a better move.
    The Witcher 3 generally runs better on Nvidia cards anyway.

    If you look at the TPU review of the GXT1050,its considered to be around 10% faster on average(TPU also tends to be harder on AMD cards,too if you look at the GTX1050TI vs RX470 performance difference),so a fully enabled Polaris 11 would probably be around GTX1050 level performance.

    This is why the RX460 4GB should have at least launched as a fully enabled chip IMHO OFC.

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    Re: AMD RX 460 BIOS unlocked for 1024 Stream Processors

    This is quite common from AMD though: they don't bin their products very aggressively.
    I guess lower volumes explains some of it, but it seems Nvidia are willing to release higher bins first and then keep binning until they have set aside enough to release a lower binned part.
    Unless the initial Polaris 11 yields are very, very poor indeed that would have been a better strategy for AMD too.
    From the TPU power figures, downclocking the 1024 shader part to the 896 performance might make for a very efficient part.

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    Re: AMD RX 460 BIOS unlocked for 1024 Stream Processors

    Quote Originally Posted by kompukare View Post
    ... downclocking the 1024 shader part to the 896 performance might make for a very efficient part.
    This is essentially what they are already doing for the professional grade cards, and the profit margins on the professional cards are much higher - which is why I suspect most of the top-bin dies went into the professional cards in the first place, leaving the consumer product with insufficient fully-functioning dies to risk a fully-enabled consumer part.

    I can only see them releasing a fully-enabled RX 465 if the yields have improved sufficiently for them to do so at no extra cost: I can easily see a big trumpets-blaring Vega launch being followed closely by a Polaris refresh, with xx5 cards coming out to replace the incumbents at the same price (and the existing cards getting a price cut to shift the supply whilst they're still available).

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    Re: AMD RX 460 BIOS unlocked for 1024 Stream Processors

    Nice. I'm getting a single slot one in the new year.

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