Per AMD's announcement this week, several models of the RX 5600 XT were listed as update-able to 14 Gbps Graphics Memory Speed:
One of the models listed is Gigabyte's RX 5600 XT GAMING OC 6G, however after contacting Gigabyte support I was told the card I have is not compatible with the updated BIOS. There is no indication on Gigabyte's website that my card does not support the update. I was told that the BIOS update files listed on their website (and linked to in the AMD announcement) are not for my version of the card, even though there is only one model of this card released by Gigabyte.
I bought the card with the intention to update to the latest supported firmware. Since there is no differentiation in model numbers, there is no way a consumer can discern during purchase whether the card they are buying is update-able. It is dishonest at best, and deceptive at worst to advertise support for an update while the manufacturer knowingly creates and sells a version of the product that does not support the update.
I have seen numerous threads with owners of this card trying to update their firmware with the unsupported versions listed, which lead to system crashes and freezing, and I am making this post partly to inform them and others of this issue. The AMD post, and Gigabyte's website, should be edited to make it clear that only certain versions of the Gigabyte model listed are supported.
Hello. There is a problem in BIOS version FA0 for this card. After flashing this BIOS the card is unstable! Black screen, the computer freezes, only restarting helps. This happens at different times, but always happens. So, it is impossible to play.
With BIOS version F2 - it`s works well! But the frequencies are not the same as on 5600xt from other manufacturers.
Hi. From what I've been told from Gigabyte support, the problem is with the version of the card you have, not the FA0 firmware. I was explicitly told the FA0 and F2 versions are not for the version of card I have, which originally came with F60 firmware. I also experienced the same issues with FA0 and also am running F2 even though it is officially unsupported. Even though my card "works" with F2 at reduced clock speeds, I don't consider this a legitimate fix from Gigabyte since they themselves said it was not!
Hi. I also contacted Gigabyte support. I got the same answer. This is answer: "If the FA0 version is not stable, it means that IT is not suitable for Your video card. You need to install the BIOS version F2 and wait for the BIOS update (version F3)."
When I asked when the BIOS(version F3) will be available - answer: "there is no information".
What is it? Why? Why do AMD and Gigabyte do this?
I asked the same question to support and received the same answer that F2 and FA0 BIOSes are incompatible with the card which had originally F60 VBIOS version. This is only for cards with originally F1 VBIOS version. Perhaps at the beginning there were cards with F1 VBIOS version but currently they sold cards with F60 VBIOS versions. The compatible updates should be F6x versions and you should be able to find it with Aorus Engine BIOS update option. For now I don't see any new version. Maybe there will be in the future, we will see.
But for now I found and followed the interesting instruction. You can change some VBIOS parameters by modifying SoftPowerPlayTable (SPPT) which is stored in Windows registry instead of modifying and flashing VBIOS. This overrides some VBIOS parameter and you can change it via MorePowerTool windows application (probably you have to have adminitrator privilleges and run it as administrator). Please look into the link:
I've tested this on my Gigabyte RX 5600 XT Gaming and had no black/green screens and freezes. What I have done:
After all I've tested it via 3D Mark tests and had no issue. Before these operations I had 6700 points score in 3D Mark Time Spy test after that over 7400 for graphic card so it seems to be working correctly.
Adrenalin drivers version I've installed: 20.4.2. Remember also to reset adrenalin/msi afterburn overclocked values to default in adrenalin software
I encourage you to try this on your cards because it looks quite safe, at worst case you will have to reinstall Windows and the new one will have clean Windows registry.
Please test it on more challenging games, I wasn't able to do this yet because I don't have time for games due to family stuff.
Today I performed some additional stress tests via FurMark and now can say that this card however can't handle 14 Gbps memory speed when stress testing. I had some green screens at this speed so I started to descrease memory speed and I stabilized it at 1650 Mhz (13,2 Gbps). Here is the mpt file to MorePowerTool that you can Write SPPT to you registry: F60_1670_1750Mhz_Memory_1650Mhz
At this value card is still quite fast, GPU Boost clock is set to 1750 Mhz and memory clock is 1650 Mhz and is better than standard 1500 Mhz of memory speed (12 Gbps) and GPU clocks are increased.
I personally doubt that there will be stable 14Gbps VBIOS update but we will see. For now I can live with such overclocked card.
It will be enough just to click Delete SPPT in MorePowerTool (it will remove Windows registry values), restart your PC and then original values from VBIOS will be taken into consideration.
You can dump your card VBIOS via GPU-Z (arrow icon next to BIOS Version field).Then when you save it into a file you can open it in editor (for instance Notepad++ and other) and search for the GV-R56XTGAMING OC-6GD/F60/09F9 pattern. I hope this is what you were asking about.
Do the same. Works normally. The memory frequency grew up. Thanks! Yesterday I played Battlefield 5. Performance is higher than on VBIOS F2 by about 7-10 frames. The picture is smoother, there are no freezes at the start. I'm happy with. But Gigabyte wrote a request for Support when the new BIOS for Rev 1.0 cards is released.
Sorry I did not fully understand, in my case I suffer from crashes and black screens when playing, is this a possible solution? (PS: I have the same graphics card and I made the mistake of updating vBios)
Yeah! You need to check if your card came with F1 or F60 bios from factory. Try to downgrade.. Avoid these new bioses. Use this tutorial to raise the clocks to the same the vbios set but using MorePowerTool. It's quite simple.
I encourage you aswell to use DDU and AMD Cleanup tool to uninstall your chipset and gpu drivers and installed the lastest ones available in amd website. When installing the GPU drivers, try to not install the adrenalin.. just the drivers by using device manager. If you need to do simples tweaks i recommend you to use ASUS GPU Tweak II.. but get rid of adrenalin software for a while.
So I followed your instructions and it worked perfect! Better than the F2 BIOS for sure! I stress tested with Total War 3 Kingdoms which would always generate a crash at some point. Normally 3-4 hours into the game. I've played for two huge sessions and not a single crash.
It was super frustrating that the F2 BIOS was so close to working well. I wouldn't experience any crashes and then randomly, normally in long game sessions *boom* I would get the crash, red lights on the motherboard and a reboot. Once in a blue moon I might even get a crash in Windows but that was pretty rare.
Anyway just wanted to say thanks for creating the .mpt file and posting your success! It works amazingly well and really isn't far off the performance of the FA0 BIOS. Happy Camper here!
I can confirm this. So far MorePowerTool fixed the my problems with this gpu.
Also I noticed windows update clears settings set by MorePowerTool so you might wat to use it again.
Hello, I have the bios version F60, and I suffer from crashes (the screen turns off, and it doesn't work until I turn off the PC and turn it on again). I have the latest controllers (without adrenaline). How did you solve it? Do I need to change the parameters with MorePowerTool to stop it freezing? I really don't need any more power. Thanks.
Did any of your motherboards dram led light up(or any dram faulty indicator activate) and then flashes after black screen crash?
Mine did and i think it indicates that my cpu or motherboard is malfunctioning(i don't include ram because I've tested ram sticks from a different brand and they were QVL listed). But I strongly suspect my gpu is causing crashing after I did vbios update and everytime I check Windows reliability history most of crashing times Radeon Software Host Apllication crashes before black screen .
And yes I didn't look up which VBIOS version did i have and I regret it. I tried finding it by dumping files from GPU-Z as andref24 wrote and all i found was GV-R56XTGAMING OC-6GD/FA0/0A25.
So is there some way of finding your old VBIOS version or flash gpu to its original version or do i just blindly choose one of two to flash and hope for better gpu performance?
Gigabyte tells you to contact the store that sold you the product to process the RMA. What is not covered by warranty. Bios updates are at the user's expense. But here you have the factory version and the two new ones. Giggabyte is kidding us with these GPUs.
Try to ask for the gigabyte support which bios version your gpu came with from factory. They need to know.. based on the model name and serial number they've got this info. This bios version (FA0) is known for its unstability.. mostly if your gpu isn't suitable for it. We've read that not all GV-R56XTGAMING OC-6GD are suitable for this bios version, just ones the came with F1 bios originally.
Gigabyte removed the FA0 BIOS from its website. If you search their website, you will find two RX 5600 XT gaming OC, but only one of them has a BIOS to update.
So apparently there's two version for the same model, the "default" and the 2.0
How do I know wich one I have bought?!
And the "default" will ever get the frequency bios update?
Your board have a sticker with the serial number and version, and no, its not compatible with the 14Gbps firmware. Other brands already done the same thing with New Revision (or new product models) compatible with the fast memory.