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I recently picked up a EVGA 1080 FTW2 ICX  (P/N:08G-P4-6686-KR) dirt cheap because the seller claimed he was getting multiple boots and BSOD. When i got it, it ran fine in my machine, but a quick check of the current bios showed the primary were not the correct bios (86.04.60.00.80) which are for a FTW ACX 3.0 . The secondaries were also suspect.

I went the EVGA and obtained the original bios (86.0403B.40.80) and re-flashed the Primary with no issue. The secondaries had a current bios of 86.04.3B.41.80. When i attempted to revert them back to original, it just reloaded the same bios.

 

A quick check of the secondaries files did indeed show the same 86.04.3B.41.80 file although the Primary file shows 86.04.3B.40.80.

 

Question is.... Did this card in fact come from the factory with a different (perhaps overclocked) bios for the secondaries?

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Dell XPS 730X, Alienware 2.0 MB loaded with hybrid A11B bios, i7-990X, Nvidia GTX 980's in SLI, 12gb Critical Ballistix

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Interesting 🙂

There's no place like 127.0.0.1 💙

 

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MOBO: ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-F Gaming  

CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K@4.7GHz, -0.095mV (Custom CNP-IHS + LM) 

CPU COOLER: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100x + 2x CORSAIR 120LL RGB

GPU: ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3080 Ti OC LC@1950MHz (300W optimized undervolt profile)

RAM: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 4x8GB@3700MT/s, 16-16-16-36, 1.35V (XMP Profile + 100MHz)

PCIe USB-A BOARD: ST Lab PCI-e 3.0 USB 3.1 (4x USB-A ports)

NVMe SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB 

#1 SATA SSD: Crucial MX500 2TB (1.05TB Partition RAID 0 striped with #2 SATA SSD: MX300)

#2 SATA SSD: Crucial MX300 1.05TB (RAID 0 striped with 1.05TB Partition on #1 SATA SSD: MX500)

PSU: CORSAIR HXi Series HX1200i (1200 Watt 80-PLUS Platinum)

CASE: CORSAIR iCUE 7000X RGB TG

CASE FANS: 4x CORSAIR SP140 RGElite, 2x CORSAIR 120LL RGB

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#2 MONITOR: Samsung 49" Odyssey G9 QLED (32:9, 5120x1440p@240Hz, 10bit RGB, HDR1000) [used on Svive Racing D1 SIM Cockpit]

#3 MONITOR: Philips 34" 346B1C (21:9, 3440x1440p@100Hz, 8bit RGB[used with Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny]

SPEAKERS: CORSAIR SP2500 + FX Audio DAC-X6

 

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Seems unlikely. You got it 2nd hand, maybe 3rd hand?

CPU: i7 9700K@5ghz all core (silence + summer)

cache x47, AVX offset 0

Motherboard: Asus Maximus XI Hero

RAM: Patriot Viper Steel 2x8gb@3733mhz @jedec cl15

PSU: EVGA SuperNova 750 G3

Mon:  LG 27GL850-B, 144Hz Nano IPS - G-Sync compatible/Freesync

GPU: EVGA 1080ti SC Black Edition w/ G12 bracket

Sound: Odac + Fiio E09K

Case: Fractal Design R6 TG Blackout

Storage: MP510 960gb and 860 Evo 500gb

Cooling: CPU: Kraken X62 - GPU: Kraken X42(RIP) -> X53 (From RMA)

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From first hand experience, the second BIOS on that card has a higher power limit and perhaps a higher stock overclock.

BabyBlu (Primary): 

  • CPU: Intel Core i9 9900K @ up to 5.3GHz, 5.0GHz all-core, delidded
  • Motherboard: Asus Maximus XI Hero
  • RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 4x8GB DDR4-3200 @ 4000MHz 16-18-18-34
  • GPU: MSI RTX 2080 Sea Hawk EK X, 2070MHz core, 8000MHz mem
  • Case: Phanteks Evolv X
  • Storage: XPG SX8200 Pro 2TB, 3x ADATASU800 1TB (RAID 0), Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX1000i
  • Display: MSI MPG341CQR 34" 3440x1440 144Hz Freesync, Dell S2417DG 24" 2560x1440 165Hz Gsync
  • Cooling: Custom water loop (CPU & GPU), Radiators: 1x140mm(Back), 1x280mm(Top), 1x420mm(Front)
  • Keyboard: Corsair Strafe RGB (Cherry MX Brown)
  • Mouse: MasterMouse MM710
  • Headset: Corsair Void Pro RGB
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

Roxanne (Wife Build):

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4790K @ up to 5.0GHz, 4.8Ghz all-core, relidded w/ LM
  • Motherboard: Asus Z97A
  • RAM: G.Skill Sniper 4x8GB DDR3-2400 @ 10-12-12-24
  • GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 w/ LM
  • Case: Corsair Vengeance C70, w/ Custom Side-Panel Window
  • Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB, Samsung 860 EVO 1TB, Silicon Power A80 2TB NVME
  • PSU: Corsair AX760
  • Display: Samsung C27JG56 27" 2560x1440 144Hz Freesync
  • Cooling: Corsair H115i RGB
  • Keyboard: GMMK TKL(Kailh Box White)
  • Mouse: Glorious Model O-
  • Headset: SteelSeries Arctis 7
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

BigBox (HTPC):

  • CPU: Ryzen 5800X3D
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte B550i Aorus Pro AX
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB DDR4-3600 @ 3600MHz 14-14-14-28
  • GPU: MSI RTX 3080 Ventus 3X Plus OC, de-shrouded, LM TIM, replaced mem therm pads
  • Case: Fractal Design Node 202
  • Storage: SP A80 1TB, WD Black SN770 2TB
  • PSU: Corsair SF600 Gold w/ NF-A9x14
  • Display: Samsung QN90A 65" (QLED, 4K, 120Hz, HDR, VRR)
  • Cooling: Thermalright AXP-100 Copper w/ NF-A12x15
  • Keyboard/Mouse: Rii i4
  • Controllers: 4X Xbox One & 2X N64 (with USB)
  • Sound: Denon AVR S760H with 5.2.2 Atmos setup.
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

Harmonic (Game/Plex/Other Server):

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  • Motherboard: ASRock FATAL1TY H270M
  • RAM: 48GB DDR4-2133
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Case: Antec Three Hundred
  • Storage: Inland Premium 512GB NVME, Sabrent 1TB NVME, Blu-Ray Drive
  • PSU: Corsair CX450
  • Display: None
  • Cooling: Noctua NH-U14S with 2X Fractal Venturi HP-12
  • Keyboard/Mouse: None
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

NAS:

  • Synology DS216J
  • 2x8TB WD Red NAS HDDs in RAID 1. 8TB usable space
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56 minutes ago, DoctorNick said:

Seems unlikely. You got it 2nd hand, maybe 3rd hand?

No idea, but is excellent condition and came with original box and all accessories. Paid a total of $114 for it.

Dell XPS 730X, Alienware 2.0 MB loaded with hybrid A11B bios, i7-990X, Nvidia GTX 980's in SLI, 12gb Critical Ballistix

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33 minutes ago, Hairless Monkey Boy said:

From first hand experience, the second BIOS on that card has a higher power limit and perhaps a higher stock overclock.

That would explain the stepped up bios number on the secondaries (slave) bios.

Dell XPS 730X, Alienware 2.0 MB loaded with hybrid A11B bios, i7-990X, Nvidia GTX 980's in SLI, 12gb Critical Ballistix

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