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What 6950's currently for sale are unlockable?

post #1 of 20
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Took a look on Newegg, and around the web, and I'm hearing stories left and right about what cards are unlockable and what cards are not. Some people say the Sapphire 1GB models are unlockable, others say that no 1GB models are unlockable. Some say that non-reference cards are unlockable, some say they are not. Heck, even the HIS card currently for sale that LOOKS like a reference design, someone said wasn't unlockable.

So I'm looking for the cheapest 6950 on newegg that is definitely, 100% unlockable. Extra interwebz to you if you actually own the card and have done the unlock.

Help please?
post #2 of 20
Anything that is a reference design PCB. I picked up mine on the marketplace here and I did the shader mod, works perfect.
    
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I dont think any from Newegg will unlock, but There is one in the FS section.
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Only guaranteed way is to buy used.
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I believe the only non reference one to unlock is by powercooler.
    
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Are there any reference cards for sale on newegg right now? I'm not quite sure how to tell what is reference and what is not.

EDIT: What I mean is, I thought all of the boxy-style cooled cards were reference design, but from my reading, that seems to not be the case. So what's the easiest way to tell whether a 6950 is reference or not?
Edited by SgtSpike - 6/7/11 at 10:50am
post #7 of 20
There's a new reference design which doesn't unlock. The original 6950 unlocks, newer ones rarely do. You're better off going for the 6970 than gambling on an unlock which won't match the 6970 speeds anyway.
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post #8 of 20
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Hmmmm... interesting. So reference V1 unlocks, but reference V2 and non-reference does not (for the most part)?

I also saw someone say they unlocked a 6950 non-reference Sapphire 1GB. PM'd them for more information...

Thanks for the info.
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isn't the MSI 6950 Twin Frozr III guaranteed to unlock ? At leat that's what I remember
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Bought two Sapphire 6950 2gb less than a month ago and both unlocked with the RBE/Winflash method. The only ones left now that look purely reference are the Visiontek, doesn't seem like anyone is having luck with the MSI or HIS 6950's.

If you don't want the heat of the 6970 (because it's a hot/hungry card) then there's always the Twin Frozr III which should OC enough to make up the 10% difference or so even without the unlock.
   
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