Optimizing AMD GPU VRAM Performance With the AMD Memory Tweak XL Tool
Modifying the BIOS of an AMD video card with different operating frequencies or better memory timings and then flashing it on the GPU has been the primary choice of crypto miners for a while. Due to the introduction of the BIOS signature check in the video driver by AMD some time ago this also required users to patch the video drivers in order to continue using them with more recent video drivers. Earlier this year the AMD Memory Tweak Tool has been released and meanwhile it has evolved into a quite the useful alternative to BIOS modding. The latest AMD Memory Tweak XL makes it really easy to modify memory timings, memory straps or PowerPlay Table “on the fly” as well as access the ADL Overdrive and MMIO Register Control on newer GDDR5/HBM-memory based AMD video cards. This means that you can change the settings and apply them directly and test how they will affect performance and stability, changes are not permanent and as soon as there is some issue you can easily revert back to the default values.
The AMD Memory Tweak XL tool requires that you have .NET Framework 3.5 installed in order to function, if it is not available on your system it will automatically detect and offer to download it for you… though you might experience various issues when trying to install the framework on some mining rigs. Also your Windows needs to be in Test Mode in order for the tool to properly function, it will offer to get you into Test Mode if you are currently not and there is a button to easily get you back to regular operation. The AMD Memory Tweak XL is originally intended for more advanced users, though you should be able to quickly get up to speed on what and how to modify to get better performance. You can look at what other users have reported as settings that give better performance on their specific mining GPUs and try them and experiment on what your AMD GPUs are capable of. Even if you already have an modified video BIOS you can still play with the memory straps for example in order to squeeze some extra performance to test even better settings before applying them with a new BIOS modification.
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