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XFX 2GB 6950....whats the best way to go about a performance increase?

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System specs: I5 2500k, 4GB Corsair 12800, XFX 2GB 6950 (stock), Antec TP-750

**Running on 1080p res**
I read that unlocking it into a 6970 is a good option.
Then I read I shouldn't do that.
I read unlocking shaders and regular overclocking can get it close to that performance.

Currently I can run Crysis @ 38-45 FPS with all settings maxed, no AA.

Just looking for some help. I just got the system and would like to get the most from it. I will crossfire eventually.
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6950 to 6970 is about a 3-5% increase I believe.

I think overclocking will be your best bet. Also is this a dual bios one? If so I go with unlock + overclock.
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I don't know if its a dual bios board. How exactly can I tell?

3-5% increase doesn't sound like much. That would only be a few extra FPS right?
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Overclock it. I overclocked mine from 810MHz core and 1250MHz memory to 970MHz core and 1450MHz memory and it's definitely made a noticeable difference in games. It's much smoother when eye-candy gets turned up.
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Do I unlock shaders? If so...how? any guides?

Thanks, I really appreciate the help.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mako0312 View Post
6950 to 6970 is about a 3-5% increase I believe.

I think overclocking will be your best bet. Also is this a dual bios one? If so I go with unlock + overclock.
Wrong. Unlocking shaders is a 3-5% performance increase. Flashing it to a 6970 however, will increase performance by a larger percentage.
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so what do i do here is the question.

How do I tell if its a dual bios?
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Get another one.
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Wrong. Unlocking shaders is a 3-5% performance increase. Flashing it to a 6970 however, will increase performance by a larger percentage.
Sorry I meant unlocking shaders, but that's how I put it.
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What kind of performance increase would a 2nd 6950 bring?

What are the specifications for doing a xfire setup? Same card? RAM? Manufacturer?

If I unlock my 6950 to a 6970, then the unlock shader process is unnecessary correct? So after unlocking to a 6970, all that is left is overclocking the card itself from there?

Im just wondering what kind of FPS average increase I am looking at in different scenarios before I make my decision.
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