AMD admits HD4830 BIOS mistake

"Limited amount of HD4830's supplied with wrong BIOS."

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Some 4830's shipped with wrong BIOS
 
BIOS error on limited amount of HD4830'sAMD have issued a statement to Bit-Tech.Net, which details an error in which a limited number of HD4830 GPU's have been shipped with a pre-production version of their BIOS. This news comes only a week after the release of these cards. The pre production BIOS enables only 540 of the 640 stream processors and significantly affected performance.
 
AMD were quoted to have said the following regarding the issue:
 
"AMD has identified that, in addition to reference samples of the ATI Radeon™ HD 4830 boards sent to media with a pre-production BIOS potentially impacting the card’s performance, a very limited number of ATI Radeon™ HD 4830 boards were released to market with the same pre-production BIOS. This is in no way hardware related, and an updated BIOS fully resolves the performance limitation. Through consultations with AMD board partners, it has been determined with a high degree of certainty that fewer than 400 ATI Radeon™ HD 4830 boards from one AMD board partner, HIS, have reached the market with the pre-production BIOS incorrectly provided by AMD. As only a small number of HIS-branded ATI Radeon™ HD 4830 cards are impacted, we ask any customers that purchased an HIS-branded ATI Radeon™ HD 4830 to test the board using the GPU-Z utility (available at http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz). If the GPU-Z utility reports fewer than 640 shaders, please visit the HIS website for information on how to update the card BIOS via a downloadable install utility."
 
Anyone who suspects they may have an affected GPU should follow the advice given by AMD, and it can easily be rectified with a BIOS update.
 
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21-10-2008, 12:21:54

Zoot
Agreed.
The cost per GB is still ridiculous. One could easily get a couple of terabytes of mechanical storage for one of those.
I'll stick with my 5TB of storage on mechanical drives for the time being.

21-10-2008, 13:16:13

nathan
you do have to take into account other varibles other than just cost per GB. Power consumption etc, you'll need less cooling too. i can see your point if these were to be used in a file server/nas. But an app server would make good use of these and could see a pretty big saving over 3 odd years.

21-10-2008, 13:28:56

Toxcity
Overrated... Not even worth thinking about until the price has dropped below $100.

21-10-2008, 15:32:54

nathan
i seriously dont think anyone is looking at who these are aimed at?

21-10-2008, 16:52:21

Pjalchemist
Have 4 of them here and they are amazing. I didn't have to pay a thing for them but well worth getting once price has dropped which they will next year Q1 09

22-10-2008, 05:41:33

Toxcity
Well, if these are aimed at companies then at that price I still don't think they will take off.

Vista has yet to get anywhere near the buisness part of life.. how in gods name will SSDs at that price?

22-10-2008, 05:55:17

Bubba
Nice.

If I had the choice to swap out all our companies critical machines harddrives to SSD's I'ld not wait, but the cost is huge and the process is timeconsumming, but I've allready started making SSD machines that can replace the old mechanical based ones.

Mechanical SCSI disks can live for decades and still perform excellent, but there's the chance of a breakdown and the MTBF of SSD's is just so much higher than mechanical drives that the cost-benefit ratio over time is allready in the SSD's favour.

Awsome performance on those drives..

How's the temperature on them? (even if it ain't got moving parts, it gets hot)..

OCZ have some rather cheap and nice ones, but no where near these performance levels.. sadly 64gb is a wasted size.. the ocz ones atleast come in 250gb size, which makes it usable.

-bubba

22-10-2008, 06:01:28

Rastalovich
IF there were a problem with an SSD drive.. how do they react in terms of salvaging stuff ?

I know the likes of builds will incorporate these in redundancy, but if it`s the case u have to work on one, do they work/not work - allow partial access ? Or u gotta pay another firm high dollar to connect chips for u ?

They aint exactly disposable.

22-10-2008, 06:10:13

Bubba
Since there's no residual magnetic information to be had from the chips, I don't know. I think it's harder to salvage data from chips than from magnetic storage. But I expect you would have to pay a company top dollar if you want to extract data from a damaged ssd if it is indeed possible..

-Bubba

22-10-2008, 06:30:29

Toxcity
Thats a good point as the data will always be there on a mechanical drive but on a SSD the data is stored on a chip which when it dies.. it is truely dead.
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