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Author Topic: Two RTX 2060 Ventus OC cards will not work in PCIe x16 in two systems.A bug?  (Read 222 times)

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I'm at the end of ideas with those cards. I say cards because I bought a second one hoping this is a HW issue, but the second card behaves exactly the same as the first one.

Basically no matter what, both cards will crash the PC (on Windows 10 1903) or the driver will crash on Linux (Ubuntu 19.10) with "NVRM: RmInitAdapter failed". This is the same with the latest 441.12 driver(on Windows) and 435 driver on Linux. Same in a system using Asus TUF x570 gaming MB with Ryzen 7 3700X CPU and an ASUS M2N68-AM SE2 with Phenom II X4 940 CPU. The TUF MB has a secondary wide PCIe slot so I can stick the card there where it can only access 8 lanes of PCIe and it works fine there. Another card that uses all 16 lanes of PCIe (Geforce GTS250) works fine in both systems.

I can't believe those cards simply don't work with 16x PCIe or that I have two cards bought from two different suppliers that have the same issue. Is there anyone who has this card working in a PCIe 16x slot?

If not, any ideas what to do? There is no other GPu bios available for this card. I already tried all settings there are in both MB bioses. I tried BIOS update, a different PSU, different cables. I have no idea what to do next. Sure, someone may say there isn't much difference between real world performance of 16x and 8x PCIe 3.0, but having spent a lot of coin on that hardware I really would like to get it operating at peak performance.

Also, the compile date embedded in the BIOS of the graphics cards is December 2018. The bios version given by GPU-Z is 90.06.2E.40.1F. On techpowerup they list a couple of BIOSes for the Gamin Z model (mine is Ventus OS) with the latest having compile date of end of Jan 2019 and version number of 90.06.2E.40.D3. I believe those are similar models, is there any point in trying to flash a newer Gaming Z BIOS to one of my cards? Alternatively can someone from MSI provide a newer BIOS for my card? 


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Are you trying to use both cards at the same time? If so note that you can't use two cards at x16 with neither of the platforms you have.

For vbios check we need the vbios on each card and the S/N's

MSI MEG X570 Godlike (MS-7C34) Bios 1.8
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Phobya Strike 280 Liquid CPU Cooler w. Cooler Master MasterFan MF140R fans
32GB (2 x 16GB) G.Skill Trident Z Neo (2 x F4-3600C18-16GTZN) @ 1799.6 MHz (DDR4-3600) - Ratio 3:54, 1.35v
512GB Silicon Power P34A80 M.2 SSD + 1.92TB KINGSTON A400 SATA SSD
Antec High Current Pro 1000 Platinum-EC PSU • +12V:(4x40A) 83,33A • +3.3V: 25A • +5V: 25A
Windows 10 Pro
Cooler Master CM Storm Trooper Case (SGC-5000-KWN1)
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