a follow up to my first post. (xps8300 help needed)

Since I really would rather NOT pay for a new motherboard, is there anyway I can get my dell XPS8300 to support this XFX Radeon R7 360 I got even though the bios is outdated because dell hasn't updated it in months?

(Computer is a Dell XPS8300, stock specs are i5-2320, 6GB DDR3, and a Radeon 5450 (I think, I may be mistaken) the computer also has 2gb less ram than stock for reasons)
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  1. It looks like the latest BIOS is from May 5, 2014.

    The manual states that it supports:
    UMA Video controller
    Intel HD Graphics 2000

    Discrete Video controller
    NVIDIA GT 420/
    GTX 460
    AMD HD 5450/
    HD 5670/HD 5770/
    HD 5870

    The Power Supply:
    DC Power Supply
    Wattage 460 W
    Input voltage 115/230 VAC
    Input frequency 50/60 Hz
    Output current 8 A/4 A

    I can't really determine what's in that BIOS level. You'll need to provide that info.

    Without checking on the new video card you want to jump to, you'd need to verify that the PSU can handle it, and check the specs between what is supported and what you want to jump to to see if they are compatible.

    Oh, Dell usees proprietary PSUs, having been down that replacement road before with an 8100. You might be able to find a third-party unit that can be rigged, but you'd need to do that research. I also think the mainboards are proprietary too. So, if you want to change the mainboard, you might run into a problem with the PSU not fitting or working right, requiring some customizations there too.
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  2. studmoose said:
    It looks like the latest BIOS is from May 5, 2014.

    The manual states that it supports:
    UMA Video controller
    Intel HD Graphics 2000

    Discrete Video controller
    NVIDIA GT 420/
    GTX 460
    AMD HD 5450/
    HD 5670/HD 5770/
    HD 5870

    The Power Supply:
    DC Power Supply
    Wattage 460 W
    Input voltage 115/230 VAC
    Input frequency 50/60 Hz
    Output current 8 A/4 A

    I can't really determine what's in that BIOS level. You'll need to provide that info.

    Without checking on the new video card you want to jump to, you'd need to verify that the PSU can handle it, and check the specs between what is supported and what you want to jump to to see if they are compatible.

    Oh, Dell usees proprietary PSUs, having been down that replacement road before with an 8100. You might be able to find a third-party unit that can be rigged, but you'd need to do that research. I also think the mainboards are proprietary too. So, if you want to change the mainboard, you might run into a problem with the PSU not fitting or working right, requiring some customizations there too.


    From what I know and have been told, the only hold back on the new card is the bios being outdated. Also, I was given the new card for free
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  3. derpehds said:
    studmoose said:
    It looks like the latest BIOS is from May 5, 2014.

    The manual states that it supports:
    UMA Video controller
    Intel HD Graphics 2000

    Discrete Video controller
    NVIDIA GT 420/
    GTX 460
    AMD HD 5450/
    HD 5670/HD 5770/
    HD 5870

    The Power Supply:
    DC Power Supply
    Wattage 460 W
    Input voltage 115/230 VAC
    Input frequency 50/60 Hz
    Output current 8 A/4 A

    I can't really determine what's in that BIOS level. You'll need to provide that info.

    Without checking on the new video card you want to jump to, you'd need to verify that the PSU can handle it, and check the specs between what is supported and what you want to jump to to see if they are compatible.

    Oh, Dell usees proprietary PSUs, having been down that replacement road before with an 8100. You might be able to find a third-party unit that can be rigged, but you'd need to do that research. I also think the mainboards are proprietary too. So, if you want to change the mainboard, you might run into a problem with the PSU not fitting or working right, requiring some customizations there too.


    From what I know and have been told, the only hold back on the new card is the bios being outdated. Also, I was given the new card for free




    What functionality is missing from the BIOS? Somewhere should be a write-up of the BIOS features you have. I did a quick check and could not find them. The owner's manual for the video card should state what is required. You can then enter the BIOS settings and see if they are there. Perhaps you could contact Dell Support and place in inquiry, if that doesn't work.
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  4. There is a known issue with Dell BIOS being incompatible with GCN3 AMD cards. This is all R9 3XX (285) and up cards. Most R7 cards were re- badged HD7xxx GCN2 cards and were OK, but this looks like an exception. I looked it up and it was listed as 3rd generation GCN. If this is the problem then there is no fix.
    At userbenchmark.com I'm seeing no newer AMD cards out of almost 2000 samples of XPS8300. This is a sure sign that this conflict exists on this computer.
    http://www.userbenchmark.com/System/Dell-XPS-8300/1296
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  5. william p said:
    There is a known issue with Dell BIOS being incompatible with GCN3 AMD cards. This is all R9 3XX (285) and up cards. Most R7 cards were re- badged HD7xxx GCN2 cards and were OK, but this looks like an exception. I looked it up and it was listed as 3rd generation GCN. If this is the problem then there is no fix.
    At userbenchmark.com I'm seeing no newer AMD cards out of almost 2000 samples of XPS8300. This is a sure sign that this conflict exists on this computer.
    http://www.userbenchmark.com/System/Dell-XPS-8300/1296


    well this really sucks then, doesn't it.
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