How to flash a GPU bios with NVflash

How to check a bios is compatible with your board and then use NVflash to update it…

EVGA XC3 Ultra Gaming

An interesting situation where I have in hand an EVGA XC3 Ultra gaming with Zotac bios installed – this card was on my desk after the thermals become a little undesirable. I thought I’d put it on the test bench, and low and behold:

An EVGA XC3 3090 Ultra running a Zotac Bios?

Very odd. So, Here’s how I find the correct original bios and then flash the card back to stock. This guidance would come in handy for anyone needing to return their GPUs to stock bios or folks wanting to try different bios in their GPUs

Board compatibility

Most reference boards are more or less exactly the same. They may have more or fewer fans and 3 power sockets, not two – so keep an eye out for that. Fortunately, Techpowerup provides a list of boards based on the same design so, when you look up an EVGA XC3 Ultra on their site, you’ll see results like this:

boards based on the same design as the evga 3090 xc3 ultra
Boards based on the same design as an EVGA XC3 Ultra

Clearly, it makes sense to choose designs with the same number of fans and PCI-E power sockets, for example; via the GPU bios page, you can gather some basic information about display port numbers and power requirements, and so on. A bit of googling never hurts,

So, download the correct bios, and NVflash. Put NVflash in a directory on your C:\ drive, and put the bios in there for safekeeping. Running NVflash is as simple as opening CMD as administrator and changing the directory to wherever you unzipped NVflash.

NVflash is ready to go

It’s essential to know the number the GPU has been assigned. There’s only one GPU in this machine so I’m guessing it’ll be 0. Use the –list argument to find out like so:

–list command in NVflash – our GPU is indexed as device <0>

So, if you’re feeling confident, here’s how to flash new bios to a GPU using NVflash:

The -6 overrides any mismatch in the board’s identification on the board’s device ID

If you’re happy, press enter:

Ready to go: press “Y” and then “Y” again moments later and let it do its thing

Once you’ve acknowledged that you’re happy to override the PCI subsystem ID, off it goes:

NVflash flashing the new bios

After this is complete, the machine will require a restart.

Once restarted I head to device manager to make sure all is well. It can take a few moments at boot for the device to reappear under “Display adapters”.

All seems well!

Finally, open GPU-Z to see what it thinks of the board:

The correct EVGA Bios now installed on this XC3 3090

And that, very briefly, is how to flash different bios to your GPU. EVGA Precision X1 will now recognize the card and will execute any newer firmware updates should they be available. Happy hashing!

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