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    Default Latest Bios for HD6970

    When I had my 5870 Vapor-X's I used to write to the Sapphire tech's to get the updated BIOS's for those cards. With 'SapphireTech' as part of our community I was wondering if it was possible to get the latest BIOS's through here.

    The device ID's for my HD6970's are 1002-6718.
    The BIOS versions of my cards are 013.011.000.008.000000

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    I suppose it is a good place to ask as well, why does Sapphire not release these updated BIOS's in their download areas?

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    Default Re: Latest Bios for HD6970

    Kev, the usually is no reason to update a bios. You do not update a bios like Windows updates. Look at you manufacturer website. If the is no update, you do need it. If there is a update, there is a fax page to read what the update is for. Very very few cards have issues that need an update and if there is an issue. We usually hear very quickly after the initial release.


    FYI there are no problems with the bios on 6970's.

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    Default Re: Latest Bios for HD6970

    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    Kev, the usually is no reason to update a bios. You do not update a bios like Windows updates. Look at you manufacturer website. If the is no update, you do need it. If there is a update, there is a fax page to read what the update is for. Very very few cards have issues that need an update and if there is an issue. We usually hear very quickly after the initial release.


    FYI there are no problems with the bios on 6970's.
    His name is not Kev.

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    Default Re: Latest Bios for HD6970

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    His name is not Kev.
    I need a magnifying glass for my droid.... Sry LL...... I am a grandfather now. Maybe bi focal are in line. I am so happy patrol boy SMDuff is a member too!!!

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    Default Re: Latest Bios for HD6970

    Chris actually - Kev's my brother

    Anyway....

    I accept that updating your BIOS is not something you would do on a regular basis but an updated BIOS will sometimes provide benefits both short and long term for your cards. In the past I have offered my existing BIOS details to Sapphire and they in turn reply with a BIOS update if they feel it would be of benefit to my card. I know there is a BIOS floating around out there that is .....014 where mine is .......008. So why would I not query if it is going to be of any benefit to my card. I would believe having the latest BIOS would always be of some benefit.

    Why then go through Sapphire for these updates if they are available on the web......well, as the Sapphire support team said, warranties are maintained if the BIOS update has been received from Sapphire and installed as per their procedure, otherwise any BIOS update not supplied directly from Sapphire would void the warranty.

    As for BIOS updates on the Sapphire website - I don't believe they facilitate it - probably because of the many product variances. I know when I had my two Vapor-X cards I had to use two different BIOS files.

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    Default Re: Latest Bios for HD6970

    Just wait for Don replies but graphics card don't often get bios updated, unlike the motherboards. Unless it has a major bug.

    My model, if it doesn't break don't fix it.

    You do know sometime the latest bios doesn't play well with you (from mobo stand point).

    As for downloading bios file, I advise you to down from the actual vendor or from reputable site or you will be sorry.

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    Default Re: Latest Bios for HD6970

    Detons right. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. GPU's are not as easy to flash and are easily bricked. manufacturers do not want their customers to brick their cards so these little "tweaks" I think you are implying to make a card perform better are not worth the reward. It's not like any changes will double or for that matter give even 10% more performance not to say that the cards may run hotter. I am trying to see the point of this thread....

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    Default Re: Latest Bios for HD6970

    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    Detons right. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. GPU's are not as easy to flash and are easily bricked. manufacturers do not want their customers to brick their cards so these little "tweaks" I think you are implying to make a card perform better are not worth the reward. It's not like any changes will double or for that matter give even 10% more performance not to say that the cards may run hotter. I am trying to see the point of this thread....
    If you read my original post and take into consideration the forum it is posted in you'll see the point of the thread is aimed at the Sapphire Tech to inform me as to whether there is a newer BIOS available for my cards that would be of any benefit. While you may not have had experience of benefit from a BIOS upgrade I have, and it was for this reason that I ask.

    In fact, I had an issue with one of my Vapor-X cards that needed a BIOS upgrade to fix it, had I not asked then I would have been none the wiser, as, like I have stated, Sapphire do not advertise that there are BIOS updates for their cards, even if it is of benefit or not.

    I accept that you guys may feel a BIOS upgrade is unnecessary but I'll determine that for myself once I have heard from the Sapphire tech's. If not in this forum then by email as I have done in the past.

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    Default Re: Latest Bios for HD6970

    The point of the thread is moot, however the section it is posted in isn't. It was placed here for the members to have direct contact with the manufacturers, it's a simple question he is asking Don or one of the other Techs at Sapphire. While it is nice to see some concern from senior members in any regard to any post it's not our place to try and derail the purpose of this particular section of the forum. Let Don or whom ever else from Sapphire is watching this section answer his question.

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    Default Re: Latest Bios for HD6970

    Quote Originally Posted by ~ll~ View Post
    if you read my original post and take into consideration the forum it is posted in you'll see the point of the thread is aimed at the sapphire tech to inform me as to whether there is a newer bios available for my cards that would be of any benefit. While you may not have had experience of benefit from a bios upgrade i have, and it was for this reason that i ask.

    In fact, i had an issue with one of my vapor-x cards that needed a bios upgrade to fix it, had i not asked then i would have been none the wiser, as, like i have stated, sapphire do not advertise that there are bios updates for their cards, even if it is of benefit or not.

    I accept that you guys may feel a bios upgrade is unnecessary but i'll determine that for myself once i have heard from the sapphire tech's. If not in this forum then by email as i have done in the past.
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    Default Re: Latest Bios for HD6970

    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    Just wait for Don replies but graphics card don't often get bios updated, unlike the motherboards. Unless it has a major bug.
    uhmmm

    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    My model, if it doesn't break don't fix it.

    You do know sometime the latest bios doesn't play well with you (from mobo stand point).

    As for downloading bios file, I advise you to down from the actual vendor or from reputable site or you will be sorry.
    My 2 cents and advise not to download any driver or bios from over site than the card maker. I just helped other member to solved his driver issue, I think you know who I'm talking about smduff.

    It's nice to have this section but the rep doesn't always active 24/7 on here or live support. So LL if you have some serious issue then contact Sapphire support department directly. It is still ok to post questions in here for something is not in urgent. Well, that is my opion.

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    Default Re: Latest Bios for HD6970

    Wow~

    I will post if there is new BIOS for the cards to be needed to fix some problems.
    It does not necessary to refresh your BIOS with the new one everytime unless there are some major bugs or errors reported by manufacturer.

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