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Has anyone successfully unlocked this 6950?

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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=H231-6952

Just want to make sure I can unlock it before I purchase.
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Take my advice for what it is worth, unlocking these cards isn't worth it... at least not for the peace of mind when playing games. OC'ing this card will gain you much more performance then unlocking the locked shaders.

Many people report not being able to get a nice stable OC after they unlock the shaders, there is sometimes a reason why these cards extra shaders are locked. Once of these cards "unlocked" with a nice OC, only gains 3% performance increase compared to a simple OC.

I screwed up my XFX card when trying to unlock it and had to RMA it,

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OCZ Vertex 2 Windows 7 Home 42 Inch Panasonic 1080p Plasma Antec Truepower 750W 
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Originally Posted by thestef View Post
Take my advice for what it is worth, unlocking these cards isn't worth it... at least not for the peace of mind when playing games. OC'ing this card will gain you much more performance then unlocking the locked shaders.

Many people report not being able to get a nice stable OC after they unlock the shaders, there is sometimes a reason why these cards extra shaders are locked. Once of these cards "unlocked" with a nice OC, only gains 3% performance increase compared to a simple OC.

I screwed up my XFX card when trying to unlock it and had to RMA it,

my 2 c
Although i unlocked mine successully and have OCd it to 880/1375 with no problems, i agree that unlocking them isn't worth it. unlocking it isn't necessary, just give it an overclock
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Originally Posted by garretth9090 View Post
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=H231-6952

Just want to make sure I can unlock it before I purchase.
That's not a reference edition of the 6950, so it won't unlock.
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but the only thing that is different is the fan, it hasn't even been factory ocd or anything.
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