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MSi GTX 1080 SeaHawk X - flashing BiOS

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I'm running around my MSi GTX 1080 SeaHawk X and I'm murmurring about it's BiOS, since it's keeping down the voltage and overall performance of my VGA.

I already studied up how to work with nvflash64, also did a backup, unlocked and locked my EEPROM [protecton/protectoff], did some comparisons, watched up some of the commands, most of them.

My question is, is it safe to use ASUS GTX 1080 STRiX OC, MSi GTX 1080 Gaming X, MSi GTX 1080 Gaming Z [when someone's willing to upload it], or MSi GTX 1080 Founders Edition BiOS?

According to parameters, they all look alike, but I know that for example Strix is using more phases, also Gaming X/Z.

My aim is to crank up at least a bit more voltage into my core, for example 1050 would do just fine, instead of actual capped 1025, or maybe even 1100 would warm my heart.

I know that increased voltage will stress the refference pcb, which has only 5 phases [5 VRMs, 5 mosfets, etc.], but the card is immensly cooled by stock turbine + liquid AiO.

What are the odds I'll fry my graphics card, against victorious 2150 - 2200 MHz stable in gaming, and slightly higher temps?

Thank You guys, appreciate Your help!

best regards

uplink
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  1. uplink-svk said:
    Greetings

    I'm running around my MSi GTX 1080 SeaHawk X and I'm murmurring about it's BiOS, since it's keeping down the voltage and overall performance of my VGA.

    I already studied up how to work with nvflash64, also did a backup, unlocked and locked my EEPROM [protecton/protectoff], did some comparisons, watched up some of the commands, most of them.

    My question is, is it safe to use ASUS GTX 1080 STRiX OC, MSi GTX 1080 Gaming X, MSi GTX 1080 Gaming Z [when someone's willing to upload it], or MSi GTX 1080 Founders Edition BiOS?

    According to parameters, they all look alike, but I know that for example Strix is using more phases, also Gaming X/Z.

    My aim is to crank up at least a bit more voltage into my core, for example 1050 would do just fine, instead of actual capped 1025, or maybe even 1100 would warm my heart.

    I know that increased voltage will stress the refference pcb, which has only 5 phases [5 VRMs, 5 mosfets, etc.], but the card is immensly cooled by stock turbine + liquid AiO.

    What are the odds I'll fry my graphics card, against victorious 2150 - 2200 MHz stable in gaming, and slightly higher temps?

    Thank You guys, appreciate Your help!

    best regards

    uplink


    It is suspected that the new FinFet design does not do well with high voltage, hence the strict limitations imposed. This is born out by the extreme rise in temps when voltage goes up even a little. Proceed with caution.
  2. CelicaGT - so uh, You suggest I don't go beyond what threshold? Now the graphics card has 105% power limit, which is breaking her down like hell, and she won't push it beyond 1025 mV. What are the "crystal ball" suggestions? 1050, 1075, 1100? Or something like 1035 - 1045 mV?

    I'm open to any ideas, because I'm literally shooting the numbers here into the darkness...
  3. Hey Uplink,

    Man i'm curious also i haven't missed with any bios flashes yet and, i'm curious to see how yours goes! Can you keep this post updated, with anything you find out for us plz? I myself bought the msi 1070 Seahawk EK and was very disappointed with the voltage restriction! for me it seems anything over +65 "2000" core and +50 "4050" mem. and it starts to cap at 1.065 volts :??: to me it would seems this card could do so much more, considering not once it ever came close to touching over 40 degs! So that would be why i'm curious about flashing experience because, i'm now thinking of doing the same thing to mine. So can u plz come back here if u find anything out? even anything you might of figured out on your own or tried? thxz and best of luck man! :bounce:

    Specs

    Case- CoolerMaster stryker
    Custom Water Cooled 2 240 XPC Rads D5 pump T-Virus Res.
    Xpc cpu block and mem blocks,
    Mobo- Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z rv.1.1
    Cpu- Fx 8350 black 5ghz.
    VGA- MSI 1070 Seahawk EK
    Ram- 16 gb 2x8 G.Skills @2354 Mhz
    PSU-1250 Seasonic gold
    SSD- 2 500gb Evo's
    Driver nvidia_372.70
  4. Hey there CGCustoms. To be completely honest, I put it on stall, this quest of mine and I'm waiting for the MSi GTX 1080 30th Anniversary Edition. It kind of packs everything I might need.

    And to the BiOS question, the one thing that didn't put me on the trail yet is that basic/boost clocks don't fit at all, so I might just damage the card seriously. When I'll have the Ann. Edition in my hands, I'll make some experiments with my current one.
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    uplink-svk said:
    Hey there CGCustoms. To be completely honest, I put it on stall, this quest of mine and I'm waiting for the MSi GTX 1080 30th Anniversary Edition. It kind of packs everything I might need.

    And to the BiOS question, the one thing that didn't put me on the trail yet is that basic/boost clocks don't fit at all, so I might just damage the card seriously. When I'll have the Ann. Edition in my hands, I'll make some experiments with my current one.


    Thxz for the reply, ya i hear you there....i wish i could show patient when pulling the trigger lol, i went from 2 390 Nanos, to this thinking i could squeeze more out of it with the water block, which obliviously shows i don't do enough research on the matter. but hey i finally got a card with the water block to finish my set up so there's always that, plus its not like this card still not impressive because it is. just was hoping for more voltage is all. : (

    I I'm curious to your results with the ann. edition coming out though. when u get one can u post your results plz, i would love to see what you find out! Thxz CGCustoms.
  6. CGCustoms - I will :)
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