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P A U L

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First off, don't judge me. I know my video card is ancient. But, hilariously, it plays Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade just fine.

OK so many years ago, I bought a GTX 690 on eBay. The sale said it was PNY.

...some misc problems arose and I'm trying to do some detective work and I ran into a curious problem...

--CPU-Z and GPU-Z both say the subvendor is EVGA
--Windows Device Manager's "Device instance path" shows VEN_10DE&DEV_1188&SUBSYS_26903842 which Google points to Gigabyte.
--The video card itself was refurbished and came with Arctic Accelero fans installed. There are no hints on the card itself what brand it is.


What the crap do I do? I need to track down BIOS firmware and I don't know my next step

:unsure:
 

EarthDog

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Evga bios flashed on a Gigabyte card?

GTX 690... a dual GPU card still living and thriving... impressive! :)
 

ATMINSIDE

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No serial tags or model tags at all on the GPU? They could be under a backplate or heatsink potentially.
 
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P A U L

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No serial tags or model tags at all on the GPU? They could be under a backplate or heatsink potentially.
Other than peel off the fans and look, I don't see any identifying numbers anywhere except the serial number and a barcode. The fan itself is aftermarket so it only says Arctic Accelero on it.

BUT!

Evga bios flashed on a Gigabyte card?

GTX 690... a dual GPU card still living and thriving... impressive! :)
It appears I did put an EVGA Bios on there before which led to the "misc problems" I was experiencing. I managed to force flash rollback an apparent Gigabyte version of the bios (downloaded from techpowerup) ...which disabled the card's UEFI compatibility.

Then I downloaded the BIOS files from Gigabyte's own website and ran it....it all went through fine... but the firmware number didn't change. However, it did allow me to re-enable UEFI boot up.

GPU-Z now says the subvendor is......Nvidia? I expected it to say Gigabyte. :unsure:

I think I'll go break something else while I wait to reproduce the "misc problem" overnight.
 
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dejo

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Was Foxconn the actual builder of the Nvidia Reference cards at that time
 

Kenrou

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Try checking PCB dimensions, PNY usually uses Nvidia FE and Gigabyte is usually custom 😋