Originally Posted by Anthraxinsoup
Not a scare thread, the only "difference" is the note in how it says 2 and changes one letter. Go look at the bios yourself if you want. I am telling people to unlock, just not kill the card. Full unlocks kill many cards.
So very wrong. There are three character differences between the 5770 modules and the 6950 ones. Coincidentally there are only three different character differences between the 6950 and the 6970. Something to think about?
This thread went from being interesting to being worthless. You have no proof. Any person can spout ideas from thin air, but without evidence it means nothing. You made a commitment to show screen shot evidence earlier in the thread with the timing differences and now your backing out?
Everyone can only draw one conclusion: you have no proof. So this is just a scare thread. Everyone knows when you unlock an extra core on an AMD CPU you take a risk, same for the GTX 465 to 470's and a dozen other examples. People do it anyways because it's free performance. Nothing you have shown here is any indication that people shouldn't unlock unless they have that PowerCooler model.
I repeat my earlier comment: if this is true, I will happily flash my cards back to 6950's and just unlock the shaders. The truth is though, that by flashing them to 6970's and bumping the PowerTune to +20% the 6950's perform IDENTICAL to a 6970. Free $100 performance boost anyone? And if it bricks? RMA it if you can or cut your losses and buy another one.