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Hey guys, I'm looking to pick a video card up quick and want a 6950 that I can unlock. I'm looking around and seeing a bunch of conflicting information. Which cards are still using the unlockable reference etc? I'd like to get 2 and run in crossfire mode but I need a strait answer on this before I move forward. Thanks!

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Edited by voidfinger - 5/14/11 at 7:26pm
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only HD 6950 reference can unlock. so you're budget is around $300? If so, you should just get a hd 6970.
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6850's cannot unlock...
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sorry, typed it wrong. Was talking about the 6950.

So the 6970 is that price then? How big of a difference is there in the 6950 and 6970 because $230-250 looks better than $330-350 lol.
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sorry, typed it wrong. Was talking about the 6950.

So the 6970 is that price then? How big of a difference is there in the 6950 and 6970
Most recent 6950's cannot unlock, so you will probably have to find a used one that can, but most people aren't selling them just yet so you might be out of luck. However, the price on the 6970 has dropped substantially from release, I remember seeing one for $320 at some point. I would go with the 6970.
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sorry, typed it wrong. Was talking about the 6950.

So the 6970 is that price then? How big of a difference is there in the 6950 and 6970 because $230-250 looks better than $330-350 lol.
6970s are going around for ~$315 AR on newegg.com

Edit from last post: if your budget is $300 then 2 6850's can do much better than a single 6970. Check benchmark here
    
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Hmm would I be better off going with 1 6970 or 2 6950 though? I mean I like the more powerful card but shoot that's a lot of money though, the only I like with the 2 fans is 370+ on newegg, cheapest is at $340 now.

Wouldn't places still have the reference cards in stock? how would I go about finding out if they are referenced or not ... hmmm I wonder.
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Hmm would I be better off going with 1 6970 or 2 6950 though? I mean I like the more powerful card but shoot that's a lot of money though, the only I like with the 2 fans is 370+ on newegg, cheapest is at $340 now.

Wouldn't places still have the reference cards in stock? how would I go about finding out if they are referenced or not ... hmmm I wonder.
it's only safe to unlock shaders on those ref 6950s. A full bios flash to 6970 can damage the card. 2 6950's is beast if you have the monies for it
    
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ALMOST ALL 6950s are unlockable, you may just have to do a little extra work for different cards.

Reference design cards are straight forward, for 1GB and and non reference design cards you will have to do some work using Radeon BIOS Editor.

UNLOCKABLE CARDS:

- All reference cards
- All PowerColor non reference cards
- MSI Twin Frozr range (established yesterday on this forum) Link: http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/101...-bios-fan.html

I'm certain you can unlock any card as I have read that people have unlocked 1GB cards even! So my advice to you would be to just do some research and just buy a card with a dual BIOS (almost certain that dual BIOS cards will unlock)
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well that's all I want, I can OC the heck out of it to get it close to the specs of the 6970 but yeah if the one card is 350 bucks then 2x 230 dollar 6950 would only be 110 more dollars for 2 cards.

Urg why couldnt I have jumped on this wagon earlier. Seems like only yesterday I sold a kidney and half a baby for my 4870, now seems like a short time later and a heat yellow spot on the wall, it's time to upgrade to something else.
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