AMD RX 480 Can Now Be Upgraded To RX 580; Here’s How To Do It With A BIOS Flash For Free

By LJ Joseph, Posted: 04/20/17 06:12PM EDT

The RX 580 graphics cards run at a noticeably higher clock speeds compared to the RX 400 series graphics cards. However, AMD Radeon RX 480 users can now upgrade their graphics card to the RX 580 using a BIOS flash. One Sapphire RX 480 graphics card owner has posted his results. Here are the details and tips.

RX 480 Successfully Flashed With Sapphire RX 580 Bios

TonyBonJoby, an XFX RX 480 owner, has shared that he was able to successfully flash his XFX RX 480. He did this using the BIOS of Sapphire RX 580 Limited Edition graphics card, which he has downloaded for free. With this, he has improved his graphics card's clock speed from roughly 1300 MHz to 1411 MHz. This clock speed is higher than any AMD RX 480 graphics card.

How To Upgrade AMD RX 480 To RX 580 For Free

To upgrade the AMD RX 480 to RX 580 graphics card, users should download the RX 580 graphics card's BIOS. Its file is available on the TPU database. With the RX 580 BIOS, AMD RX 480 graphics card users can now start the BIOS flash, and enjoy their new RX 580.

Warnings Before Doing The BIOS Flash

According to techpowerup, the BIOS flash may fail the users. However, if such case happens, they can easily switch back to the original working BIOS as AMD RX 480 has dual BIOS feature. There may also be any damage that may occur to the card as a result of the BIOS flash. Hence, they must backup their old BIOS.

According to Wccftech, TonyBonJoby has tested his newly flashed graphics card in "The Witcher 3" and "Furmark" with great success. Any attempts to overclock the newly flashed RX 480 using MSI afterburner may also result in an immediate driver crash. If the AMD RX 480 is already capable of overclocking to 1.4GHz then upgrading it to RX 580 with BIOS flash is no longer needed as it will not give any additional headroom.

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