Some AMD RX 460s can be modded to unlock missing cores, additional performance


    From time to time, AMD and Nvidia release a GPU that can be modded to function like a different class of card. In the old days, there were so-called “soft mods” that could identify consumer GPUs as workstation equivalents to improve compatibility with various applications, and there’ve been a number of GPUs that could be modded via BIOS replacement. These modifications either set new clock rates and memory frequencies or unlock additional cores within the GPU itself.

    There’s a way to perform this trick on the RX 460 as well, and it can unlock 128 GPU cores that are present on-die but not enabled in the base RX 460 part. If performed correctly (and if the upgrade works), you’ll unlock an additional 128 GPU cores, or about 14.3% more than the GPU ships with by default (from 896 cores to 1,024). You’ll also get 64 texture mapping units, up from 56 in the base part.


    This guide comes courtesy of der8auer at the Overclocking Guide and has been tested on both an Asus Strix 4GB and a Sapphire Nitro 4GB. In each case, the unlock completed flawlessly, but there are a few things to be aware of if you decide to go this route. First, there are two reasons why a company locks off GPU cores: Either to sell the chip into a particular market segment at a lower price, or to recover a bad chip and position it as a good one. In…

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