AMD Radeon RX 460 Cores Can Be Unlocked To Boost Performance Via BIOS Modding: 896 Stream Processors To 1,024

by admin December 14, 2016 at 12:31 am

On paper, unlocking the AMD Radeon RX 460 appears to be a simple affair. You only need to update the firmware and you should get as much as 10 percent performance boost.

If you are an expert, the process would be basic but if you are not, any modification to your graphics processing unit should be approached with auction. A mistake could lead to irreparable damage, so you will have to proceed at your own risk and we are not responsible if you wreck your GPU.

(Photo : der8auer | YouTube)

Unlocking The GPU

GPU manufacturers like Nvidia and AMD sometimes create a chip that can be modded so that it assumes a different class of card. The Radeon RX 460 is an example of such GPU.

It ships with 56 TMU and 896 Stream Processors but unlocking or modding it could gain you an additional 8 TMUs and 128 Stream Processors. These are currently present in the GPU but they are not enabled. Successful modification can also unleash 64 texture mapping units from the 56 that came as a default.

This guide follows the steps posted by user der8auer at Overclocking Guide.

First, download the BIOS package and unzip it accordingly.

The next step is absolutely important: backup the original BIOS file. You can do this if you want to revert back to the original GPU state or if something goes wrong in your update process.

Finally, run the flash unlocked bios.bat file. The process will only take about 15 seconds and you can say hello to a much improved Radeon RX 460. der8auer has conducted several benchmark tests for his GPU post update using 3DMark Fire Strike and The Witcher 3 and the device clocked in extra 5 to 10 percent uptick in performance.

If you have difficulty following the steps, you can check the following video.