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

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    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.

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    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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