Overclock.net › Forums › Graphics Cards › AMD/ATI › Is this 6950 unlockable?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Is this 6950 unlockable?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
http://www.austin.net.au/ProductList...5/Default.aspx

thanks
JUICEBALL
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @4.5ghz p8p67 pro 2x Gigabyte 6950 2GB (unlocked) 8GB Kingston HyperX 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Windows 7 Enterprise Samsung 2443 Corsair HX-1000 
Case
HAF-X 
  hide details  
Reply
JUICEBALL
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @4.5ghz p8p67 pro 2x Gigabyte 6950 2GB (unlocked) 8GB Kingston HyperX 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Windows 7 Enterprise Samsung 2443 Corsair HX-1000 
Case
HAF-X 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 8
As long as the card you get is the same one that's pictured, yes it is unlockable.
Meh >.<
(18 items)
 
For Sale: Two Ultra Kaze 3k RPM
$15 (USD)
For Sale: US Cellular blackberry 8530
$35 (USD) or best offer
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500k Asus P67 Sabertooth XFX 7870 Black Edition Samsung Low profile 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 3  Seagate ST3500410AS Seagate ST3750528AS Seagate ST3750640NS 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Hitachi HTS545025B9A300 NZXT Havik 120 Windows 7 Home Premium X64 Samsung 27" P2770 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K60 BFG 1000 Watt Open air tech bench M60 
  hide details  
Reply
Meh >.<
(18 items)
 
For Sale: Two Ultra Kaze 3k RPM
$15 (USD)
For Sale: US Cellular blackberry 8530
$35 (USD) or best offer
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500k Asus P67 Sabertooth XFX 7870 Black Edition Samsung Low profile 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 3  Seagate ST3500410AS Seagate ST3750528AS Seagate ST3750640NS 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Hitachi HTS545025B9A300 NZXT Havik 120 Windows 7 Home Premium X64 Samsung 27" P2770 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K60 BFG 1000 Watt Open air tech bench M60 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 8
Looks like it is but the price is kinda ugly o.0
Bare Essentials
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-930 @ 4.0 GHz ASUS P6X58D Premium MSI 6950 2 GB CFX (shaders unlocked) Corsair XMS3 8 GB (4GB x2) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD Win7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung S27A950D OCN Ducky (Browns) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Ultra X3 1000W CoolerMaster HAF X CoolerMaster Storm Spawn Puretrak Talent 
  hide details  
Reply
Bare Essentials
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-930 @ 4.0 GHz ASUS P6X58D Premium MSI 6950 2 GB CFX (shaders unlocked) Corsair XMS3 8 GB (4GB x2) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD Win7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung S27A950D OCN Ducky (Browns) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Ultra X3 1000W CoolerMaster HAF X CoolerMaster Storm Spawn Puretrak Talent 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 8
Yes, as above, that exact one is Gigabyte's reference design, and should unlock, mostly watch out for a non-reference cooler design, that's the biggest give-away.

The price is not terrible, that's only around or just above the average for one in Australia, as per PC Case Gear
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-920 @ 4GHz ASUS Rampage III Extreme MSI GTX 580 3GB Lightning Xtreme @ 915/2400 6GB Mushkin Redline 1866 8-8-7-24-1T 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB, 2TB WD Green Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell 3007WFP-HC 30" 2560x1600 + Samsung P2350 23" SteelSeries 7G 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX1200 Corsair 800D (480 + 240 Rad Modded) Roccat Kone [+] Roccat Sense (Glacier Blue) 
Audio
Logitech G35 Headset 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-920 @ 4GHz ASUS Rampage III Extreme MSI GTX 580 3GB Lightning Xtreme @ 915/2400 6GB Mushkin Redline 1866 8-8-7-24-1T 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB, 2TB WD Green Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell 3007WFP-HC 30" 2560x1600 + Samsung P2350 23" SteelSeries 7G 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX1200 Corsair 800D (480 + 240 Rad Modded) Roccat Kone [+] Roccat Sense (Glacier Blue) 
Audio
Logitech G35 Headset 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 8
There are two types of 6950 unlocks:

Type 1 unlock: Shader increase to 1536 units (same as the 6970)
Type 2 unlock: Complete BIOS flash to a 6970

The type 1 unlock is almost risk free and can be achieved with almost all the 6950´s.
The type 2 unlock on the other hand is a bit more risky because due to the full 6970 BIOS flash also the timings of the 6970 and other settings which are different will be applied.
To some cards that ultimately can lead to card failure or mailfunction.
Further marginal differences can be seen here:

But be advised that the Type 2 unlock only yields about 1-3% performance increase.
Wheter the Type 1 unlock + stock 6970 clocks have shown to yield the exact same amount of performance a normal 6970 would achieve
So according to those results one could imply that a Type 1 unlock + stock 6970 settings would upgrade a 6950 to a full 6970 performancewise even though other settings or structural differences are unequal.



Both types of unlocks will void your warranty if something goes wrong so be sure to bare that in mind when doing it.
There have not been any long term studies about the affect of the unlocking process and further causations yet.....but I am confident to say that nobody has encountered any problems yet
So I personally would advise you to leave the unlock be as it is not included in the warranty and just overclock your card 5-10% higher ...thus a higher overclock should be able to not only compensate but even exceed the performance boost the unlock provides
And if you must have an unlocked card at least wait until we know more about its long term affects

I would also like to refer you to my thread in which similar questions and all advantages/features benchmark results,performance comparisons to other cards including all designs etc etc should be displayed and answered

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/9848...md-6950-a.html

Here the full guide + tips on unlock from TechPowerUp:http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/...ng/vidcard/159
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Now you should be pretty much informed about the unlock.
Here a little bit about the unlockability of the 6950´s out there:


If a card unlocks or not is depending on wheter or not it has been laser cut to make it impossilbe for software to unlock the unfunctional units.

Another crutial part of the unlock is for the card to have a BIOS switch so in case somthing goes wrong you can always flash to the second BIOS.

Basically 90% of the tested Twin Frozr III cards unlocked fine there are already some newer laser cut products around so be careful to check the arrival date of the card at your local retailer before buying it to ensure it couldn´t have been laser cut yet.
Anything earlier than March 15th should be fine I believe

Hope I could help
Project Rapture
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 @ 4.7 GHZ Gigabyte X58-OC MSI GTX 580 Lightning @ 1GHZ 12 GB Kingston Hyper X @ 2200 MHZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SSD Corsair F40 DVD,DVR,Blue Ray Windows 7 Ultimae 64 bit Sony Bravia Full HD 42" 
PowerCaseMouse
Revolution +85 1050 Watt Little Devil V8 White Crysis Edition Microsoft 
  hide details  
Reply
Project Rapture
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 @ 4.7 GHZ Gigabyte X58-OC MSI GTX 580 Lightning @ 1GHZ 12 GB Kingston Hyper X @ 2200 MHZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SSD Corsair F40 DVD,DVR,Blue Ray Windows 7 Ultimae 64 bit Sony Bravia Full HD 42" 
PowerCaseMouse
Revolution +85 1050 Watt Little Devil V8 White Crysis Edition Microsoft 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 8
I believe that if one's card were to die when only doing a shader unlock, you could flash the BIOS back to a standard BIOS and be under warranty, as they would be unable to tell you had done the unlock, however when unlocking to a 6970 BIOS, you would void the warranty if it died then, as the 6970 actually has a higher memory voltage, and higher rated (better) memory, therefore that would be considered modifying voltages, which voids warranties.

However, as shown in many reviews/comparisons, the 6950 can happily clock to 6970 memory speeds without the additional voltage, just will have less head room for further overclocking.

Also, the dual BIOS switch in unnecessary for the procedure, just makes a recovery from a bad flash or card bricking much easier than with a BIOS mod to other cards.

EDIT: As above, the Twin Frozr III shows unlockability, however the Twin Frozr II does not. As I looked for them, the Twin Frozr III cannot be found in Australia, but the TF II can, so watch out if you were swayed towards the nice aftermarket cooling options, as the majority are not unlockable.

Best bet is to google something like: [brand] [model number/name] [6950] [unlockable] and read a few results to see if other people have had any success with the particular model you are after.
Edited by Fatal Perfection - 4/26/11 at 8:04pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-920 @ 4GHz ASUS Rampage III Extreme MSI GTX 580 3GB Lightning Xtreme @ 915/2400 6GB Mushkin Redline 1866 8-8-7-24-1T 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB, 2TB WD Green Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell 3007WFP-HC 30" 2560x1600 + Samsung P2350 23" SteelSeries 7G 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX1200 Corsair 800D (480 + 240 Rad Modded) Roccat Kone [+] Roccat Sense (Glacier Blue) 
Audio
Logitech G35 Headset 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-920 @ 4GHz ASUS Rampage III Extreme MSI GTX 580 3GB Lightning Xtreme @ 915/2400 6GB Mushkin Redline 1866 8-8-7-24-1T 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB, 2TB WD Green Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell 3007WFP-HC 30" 2560x1600 + Samsung P2350 23" SteelSeries 7G 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX1200 Corsair 800D (480 + 240 Rad Modded) Roccat Kone [+] Roccat Sense (Glacier Blue) 
Audio
Logitech G35 Headset 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 8
yes it is
post #8 of 8
Well, I just attempted to unlock the shaders on my XFX 6950 and I think I screwed up the card.

Every thing seemed to have gone well, update applied in windows, system rebooted but then stayed on a black screen. Waited a couple of minutes, finaly gave up and rebooted.... now the pc powers on but the screen stays black. hmmmm I am using a plasma TV, I wonder if the graphics card can't detect the screen via the HDMI port or if the BIOS is screwed up.

oh yeah, and I don't have dual BIOS

think about it twice, I took a chance but I'm starting to think maybe I shouldn't have done it.
My AMD/ATI build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 (4..60Ghz) Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 XFX R9-290 G.SKILL 8GB DDR3-1600Mhz 7-8-7-24 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
OCZ Vertex 2 Windows 7 Home 42 Inch Panasonic 1080p Plasma Antec Truepower 750W 
  hide details  
Reply
My AMD/ATI build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 (4..60Ghz) Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 XFX R9-290 G.SKILL 8GB DDR3-1600Mhz 7-8-7-24 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
OCZ Vertex 2 Windows 7 Home 42 Inch Panasonic 1080p Plasma Antec Truepower 750W 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: AMD/ATI
Overclock.net › Forums › Graphics Cards › AMD/ATI › Is this 6950 unlockable?