Tuesday, 08 March 2011 17:30

AMD causes confusion over HD 6990 BIOS switch

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Does it void the warranty?

As you probably already know, AMD's latest addition to the HD 6900 series lineup, the dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 card, features a dual BIOS switch. Unfortunately, there are a few confusing things as, for now at least, there is no official statement on the warranty regarding the BIOS switch.

The switch is covered with a rather large yellow sticker that points you to the user manual, which then takes you to AMD's website here that gives detailed information regarding the BIOS switch. The only warning, or the only thing that we managed to get from that link is that you have to make sure that your system meets all the minimum system requirements.

AMD labels the BIOS switch position one as 450W Extreme Perfromance BIOS and the position 2, which is the shipping position, as the 375W factory-supported Performance BIOS. The confusion starts when AMD talks about warranty. The warning, among other things, states that :"AMD does not provide support or service for issues or damages related to use of an AMD graphics card outside of specifications or in excess of factory settings. You may also not receive support or service from your system manufacturer."

As far as we are concerned, the BIOS position 2 is still a "factory setting" and not user programmed. On the other hand, AMD might want to distance itself from any other system damage that may happen if you switch it to Extreme BIOS, like for example blowing up your PSU.

We are still waiting for partners and AMD itself to give us the official stand regarding the BIOS switch and we honestly hope that AMD will play its cards right with this one. So stay tuned.

Last modified on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 18:03
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-62 #1 Warrior24_7 2011-03-08 18:57
This seems more like an adhoc @$$ desperate measure to counter the expected faster 590! If the 590 is beating our @$$, just press the button! Go ahead and use it just in case, but we rather you didn't!! :D

"During our briefing with AMD, we were constantly told of its efforts to make the HD 6990 4GB cool and quiet, and yet the vast majority of the comparative performance data was based on the much hotter and louder overclocked mode. Most concerning is that AMD says that you void your warranty by using the Antilles Unlocking Switch – this is a ridiculous decision considering that the switch is a standard feature of all cards." Bit-tech

450W is not a factory setting and if the card is damaged, your out of $700!! Its bull$h!t!!
 
 
+36 #2 Jurassic1024 2011-03-08 19:19
AMD is gonna feel some real heat if Position 2 isn't covered under warranty.
 
 
+20 #3 Haberlandt 2011-03-08 19:30
Quoting Warrior24_7:
This seems more like an adhoc @$$ desperate measure to counter the expected faster 590! If the 590 is beating our @$$, just press the button! Go ahead and use it just in case, but we rather you didn't!! :D

450W is not a factory setting and if the card is damaged, your out of $700!! Its bull$h!t!!
Blah blah blah fanboyism.
 
 
+23 #4 Super XP 2011-03-08 19:53
AMD has no choice but to offer full warranty. It's a product with features that were included, and not aftermarket, so yes AMD should offer full warranty coverage "PERIOD". Why? Because I said so... and that AMD is not stupid...
 
 
+7 #5 Wolfdale 2011-03-08 20:02
perhaps a more logical explanation would be.. (not 100% sure on the exact numbers tough)


for a graphics card to qualify for the PCI-e 2.0 specs, they cannot exceed 400watts of power?

so with shipping this card at 375W it meets all requirements,

however to avoid collateral dmg claims and to bypass the specs of pci express,
there will be a significant warning on the switch.. amd covers its ass with this move, and i say its good they do it... because on the same rule there, they allow you to greatly exceed the 400Watt barrier allowing for even more extreme results right ahead but also function as a hard wired volt mod trough this switch? that allows overclocks to insane regions
 
 
+4 #6 Wolfdale 2011-03-08 20:05
Quoting Super XP:
AMD has no choice but to offer full warranty.


if you choose to overclock your graphics card trough the CCC, it will tell you the same..
and even the green cards have ways of having even an external controller to change a ton of settings on the fly (i believe zotac had something like that?)

but im pretty sure zotac wont take the blame if their device blows up your gpu cuz you pushed it over the edge..

same story on this bios switch..
the card is working 100% fine when u get it... if it doesnt, its a DOA, thus covered..
if you decide to tamper with it.. thats your problem

if i chipmod my diesel truck and i overheat and crash the engine.. do you think i get a free replacement???
 
 
-5 #7 Jermelescu 2011-03-08 20:07
Just buy a 130E+ Motherboard and a 100E+ PSU.
 
 
+5 #8 The_Countess 2011-03-08 20:26
Quoting Warrior24_7:
This seems more like an adhoc @$$ desperate measure to counter the expected faster 590! If the 590 is beating our @$$, just press the button! Go ahead and use it just in case, but we rather you didn't!! :D

450W is not a factory setting and if the card is damaged, your out of $700!! Its bull$h!t!!


dear whiner24_7: rant all you want, nvidia will need to take much the same measures. it will not be able to stay under 375watt and beat the hd6990
 
 
+3 #9 Wolfdale 2011-03-08 20:31
Quoting Jermelescu:
Just buy a 130E+ Motherboard and a 100E+ PSU.


that doesnt say it all man..
i have a maximus formula (X38) mainbord, and i cant get my cpu stable (E8500) with this mobo over 4.2 ghz without insane voltage boosts..

i also have a cheapass pq5 mainbord that hits 3.8 ghz without even having to raise anything at all.. and this one gave me 4.5ghz with just a minor volt raise


and as for a psu.. you dont HAVE to buy a very expensive psu.. better focus on the actual ammount of 12V rails used..

for my second comp i had a very noisy one, but it came pretty cheap, but works like charm.. i replaced the cooler and it never let me down with 2x 4890-OC with just 550Watt psu
 
 
-15 #10 MrScary 2011-03-08 20:41
Quoting Warrior24_7:
450W is not a factory setting and if the card is damaged, your out of $700!! Its bull$h!t!!


Don´t be nvidiot, 6990 has double Vapor Chamber, it only reachs 88ºC and is overclokeable.

6990 is de red BOMB, to annihilate all nshitias.
 

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