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When it comes to mining, I'm an absolute beginner. However I'm quite accustomed to linux server administration.

I have my brand new PowerColor Red Dragon RX580 8GB and a Debian GNU/Linux sid server around it. I'd like to learn to mine ethereum.

I've read I better flash the GPU Bios, but I need correct timings and that depends on the brand of the GDDR my GPU uses (Samsung, Hynix, others).

How do I find out which brand of GDDR my GPU is using? lspci -vvv does not seem to help. Besides, it does not even print the correct amount of GDDR:

root@fx:~# lspci -vvv -s 07:00.0 
07:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Ellesmere [Radeon RX 470/480] (rev e7) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    Subsystem: Tul Corporation / PowerColor Ellesmere [Radeon RX 470/480/570/570X/580/580X]
    Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
    Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
    Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
    Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 62
    NUMA node: 0
    Region 0: Memory at c0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
    Region 2: Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=2M]
    Region 4: I/O ports at c000 [size=256]
    Region 5: Memory at fe700000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256K]
    Expansion ROM at 000c0000 [disabled] [size=128K]
    Capabilities: [48] Vendor Specific Information: Len=08 <?>
    Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 3
        Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1+ D2+ AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1+,D2+,D3hot+,D3cold+)
        Status: D0 NoSoftRst+ PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
    Capabilities: [58] Express (v2) Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
        DevCap:    MaxPayload 256 bytes, PhantFunc 0, Latency L0s <4us, L1 unlimited
            ExtTag+ AttnBtn- AttnInd- PwrInd- RBE+ FLReset-
        DevCtl:    Report errors: Correctable- Non-Fatal- Fatal- Unsupported-
            RlxdOrd- ExtTag+ PhantFunc- AuxPwr- NoSnoop+
            MaxPayload 128 bytes, MaxReadReq 512 bytes
        DevSta:    CorrErr+ UncorrErr- FatalErr- UnsuppReq+ AuxPwr- TransPend-
        LnkCap:    Port #0, Speed 8GT/s, Width x16, ASPM L1, Exit Latency L0s <64ns, L1 <1us
            ClockPM+ Surprise- LLActRep- BwNot- ASPMOptComp+
        LnkCtl:    ASPM Disabled; RCB 64 bytes Disabled- CommClk+
            ExtSynch- ClockPM- AutWidDis- BWInt- AutBWInt-
        LnkSta:    Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x4, TrErr- Train- SlotClk+ DLActive- BWMgmt- ABWMgmt-
        DevCap2: Completion Timeout: Not Supported, TimeoutDis-, LTR+, OBFF Not Supported
        DevCtl2: Completion Timeout: 50us to 50ms, TimeoutDis-, LTR-, OBFF Disabled
        LnkCtl2: Target Link Speed: 8GT/s, EnterCompliance- SpeedDis-
             Transmit Margin: Normal Operating Range, EnterModifiedCompliance- ComplianceSOS-
             Compliance De-emphasis: -6dB
        LnkSta2: Current De-emphasis Level: -3.5dB, EqualizationComplete-, EqualizationPhase1-
             EqualizationPhase2-, EqualizationPhase3-, LinkEqualizationRequest-
    Capabilities: [a0] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
        Address: 00000000fee00000  Data: 0000
    Capabilities: [100 v1] Vendor Specific Information: ID=0001 Rev=1 Len=010 <?>
    Capabilities: [150 v2] Advanced Error Reporting
        UESta:    DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
        UEMsk:    DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
        UESvrt:    DLP+ SDES+ TLP- FCP+ CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF+ MalfTLP+ ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
        CESta:    RxErr- BadTLP- BadDLLP- Rollover- Timeout- NonFatalErr-
        CEMsk:    RxErr- BadTLP- BadDLLP- Rollover- Timeout- NonFatalErr+
        AERCap:    First Error Pointer: 00, GenCap+ CGenEn- ChkCap+ ChkEn-
    Capabilities: [200 v1] #15
    Capabilities: [270 v1] #19
    Capabilities: [2b0 v1] Address Translation Service (ATS)
        ATSCap:    Invalidate Queue Depth: 00
        ATSCtl:    Enable+, Smallest Translation Unit: 00
    Capabilities: [2c0 v1] Page Request Interface (PRI)
        PRICtl: Enable- Reset-
        PRISta: RF- UPRGI- Stopped+
        Page Request Capacity: 00000020, Page Request Allocation: 00000000
    Capabilities: [2d0 v1] Process Address Space ID (PASID)
        PASIDCap: Exec+ Priv+, Max PASID Width: 10
        PASIDCtl: Enable- Exec- Priv-
    Capabilities: [320 v1] Latency Tolerance Reporting
        Max snoop latency: 0ns
        Max no snoop latency: 0ns
    Capabilities: [328 v1] Alternative Routing-ID Interpretation (ARI)
        ARICap:    MFVC- ACS-, Next Function: 1
        ARICtl:    MFVC- ACS-, Function Group: 0
    Capabilities: [370 v1] L1 PM Substates
        L1SubCap: PCI-PM_L1.2+ PCI-PM_L1.1+ ASPM_L1.2+ ASPM_L1.1+ L1_PM_Substates+
              PortCommonModeRestoreTime=0us PortTPowerOnTime=170us
        L1SubCtl1: PCI-PM_L1.2- PCI-PM_L1.1- ASPM_L1.2- ASPM_L1.1-
               T_CommonMode=0us LTR1.2_Threshold=0ns
        L1SubCtl2: T_PwrOn=10us
    Kernel driver in use: amdgpu
    Kernel modules: amdgpu

Are there any other commands in Linux to find out the GDDR brand, or, in alternative, is there another way to know the correct timings to use? Please note I have no Windows installed.

  • It turns out that the software to flash the GPU Bios of a RX580, as of today, is available only for Windows, so I suspect I need to install Windows after all. However my question can be of interest regardless. – Lucio Crusca Jul 29 '18 at 13:55

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