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Many users who overclocked their GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card have experienced graphical artifacts, flickering, and other issues. It seems that only cards using Micron VRAM have this problem because other manufacturers who used Samsung memory modules that can reach up to 8,000MHz speeds have reported no issues. Nvidia’s hardware partners, including MSI, have released an update for the GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G graphics card to fix overclocking issues and other inconveniences.
Unfortunately, these problems couldn’t be solved with a driver update and back in September Nvidia stated on its GeForce forum that “We have implemented a change to our video BIOS which should improve the overclocking experience for certain users. The updated video BIOS should be available through our add-in board partners at a later date.”
In the past two months, Nvidia’s hardware partners have been releasing BIOS updates, but MSI has moved more slowly and released the update BIOS a few days ago, which can be downloaded from MSI. However, users shouldn’t download this update for other models than GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G, because it was written especially for it.
If you’re looking for other BIOS updates for GeForce GTX 1070 cards, the guys at Guru3D have provided a list of links from where users can download them. Currently, you can find BIOS updates for Asus, for EVGA, for Gainward, for Gigabyte and for Palit.
If you don’t know what brand video memory your card has, GPU-Z will help you find out, so download and run it, then look for a field titled Memory Type. You will see either GDDR5 (Samsung) or GDDR5 (Micron).
Micron’s 8GB GDDR5 memory modules have a width of x32, a 1.5V voltage, they operate at 6.0 Gb/s, 7.0 Gb/s, 8.0 Gb/s, but they can also reach a potential 12Gbps speed. Their discrete design simplifies integration and they’re considered the perfect solution for next-generation, high-performance graphics systems.
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