MSI R9 280X BIOS update to fix overheating and VRM temperatures

MSI R9 280X BIOS update to fix overheating and VRM temperatures

MSI R9 280X BIOS update to fix overheating and VRM temperatures


This is a short tutorial on updating the BIOS for MSI R9 280X graphics card to fix issues on overheating and VRM temperatures.


How to Update BIOS for MSI R9 280X GPU

Warning: There are always risks involved when flashing the BIOS, so this tutorial is for advanced users who know what they are doing. I am taking no responsibility for any damage you might have by following these instructions.


Step 1 : Download files


Password : rumorscity

Extract both files. We will need to use it later.


Step 2 : Create DOS bootable USB drive

Create a DOS bootable USB disk. There’s a tutorial here : How to create a DOS bootable USB drive.


Step 3 : Copy files to USB drive

Copy both the BIOS and ATIFlash files that you have extracted in Step 1 to the USB drive with bootable DOS.


Step 4 : Reboot computer into MS-DOS

With the USB drive plugged in the computer, reboot it into MS-DOS. If it does not automatically boot from the USB drive, you may need to change your boot order or use a boot menu to select the device you want to boot from.


Step 5 : BIOS switch on GPU

Each of your GPUs should have a tiny switch somewhere on it. This is the BIOS selector switch—most Radeon cards should have one. Locate this switch, and then flip it (this can be done while your rig is powered on) so that it is now in the other position. This is extremely important and acts as your safety net if anything should go wrong! If you’re unable to boot up after completing the BIOS flash, simply flip the switch back to restore your original BIOS. If you can’t locate the switch, or your video card doesn’t have one, I’d strongly urge you to abort the rest of the process.



Step 6 : Flash new BIOS

Check the version of your current BIOS with this command :

atiflash -ai

To flash to the new BIOS version, use this command :

atiflash -f -p 0 xxxxx.rom

where xxxxx is the file name of the rom, which you have downloaded in step 1.


Check the BIOS version on the card again. Type this command :

atiflash -ai 0


VBIOS Information


  • MSI.R9280X.3072.131009.rom



Build date

  • 2013-10-09

MD5 Hash

  • 80ee883ffbbf787343852d0be39fd435


BIOS Internals

GPU Device Id

  • 0x1002 0x6798 113-C3865000-X77 113-MSITV277MS.314 TAHITI B0 XTL C38650 GDDR5 3GB (C) 1988-2010, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. ATOMBIOSBK-AMD VER015.

PowerTune Limit

  • 200 to 275

CCC Overdrive Limits

  • GPU Clock: 1500.00 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 2000.00 MHz

Clock State 0

  • Core Clk: 1050.00 MHz
  • Memory Clk: 1500.00 MHz
  • Flags: Boot

Clock State 1

  • Core Clk: 1050.00 MHz
  • Memory Clk: 1500.00 MHz
  • Flags: Optimal Perf

Clock State 2

  • Core Clk: 1000.00 MHz
  • Memory Clk: 1500.00 MHz
  • Flags: UVD

Memory Support

  • 3072 MB, GDDR5, Autodetect
  • 3072 MB, GDDR5, Hynix H5GQ2H24AFR
  • 3072 MB, GDDR5, Elpida EDW2032BBBG

3 thoughts on “MSI R9 280X BIOS update to fix overheating and VRM temperatures”

  1. I have a

    MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming Edition OC 3072MB which I am pretty sure from your picture is the same as mine. However, when I attempt to flash I get the following error:

    OLD SSID: 2775
    NEW SSID: 2777
    SSID mismatch

    I could probably use the -f switch to force it but, I am concerned that I am getting this and you did not….

    1. Same like yours, my original Subsystem ID is 2775 and new ID is 2777. You can try with the -f switch.
      atiflash -f -p 0 xxx.rom

      Just make sure that you switched the BIOS switch, so that you can always fall back if something weird happens. I will include the -f switch in to the tutorial. Thanks.

  2. Late, very late, but anyway. You flip the switch, so you don’t overwrite the current, known “good” BIOS. In reallity you “should” be able to just flash, and boot to the factory default second BIOS, if anything goes wrong. But if you never tested that one… How do you know it’s a “good” one? It might be just as dead as the flash-broken one. So it’s just good practice not to flash your latest “known good”, not something you have to do.

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