ASUS ROG Strix RX 570 8Gb Gaming

Seller Note “Untested”

Summary

  • Resistances look normal
  • Voltages all present
  • Card detected, but the BIOS does not seem to be readable (see GPU-Z pic)
  • Tried reflashing the BIOS from Windows 10, but it cannot be read. Also tried flashing the BIOS using a programmer, but despite writing and verifying, the BIOS is still not read correctly.
  • On closer inspection, I think I can see flux residue and slight damage around the BIOS chip area. All BIOS circuitry should now be checked.
  • Assuming the chip programs OK, but cannot be read correctly, perhaps the chip is OK, but the circuit between the chip and the core is faulty?

Investigating the VBIOS

ASUS ROG Strix GTX 570 8Gb Gaming – BIOS not read
ASUS ROG Strix GTX 570 8Gb Gaming – BIOS not read

Well, despite it’s rough-looking condition measurements showed all the normal requirements:

PinReading
1 (CS)Read by GPU
2 (DO)Read by GPU
5 (DI)Read by GPU
7 (WP)3.3V
8 (VCC)3.3V

Possibly the chip itself is faulty?

I think the marking is Winbond 25X20CLNIG https://www.mouser.com/datasheet/2/949/w25x20cl_revf_20150806-1489633.pdf