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Hi guys

So i recently bought a couple of xfx 6950 880m 2GIG cards.
What i need to know is, are these cards unlockable to 6970?

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Link it? It appears to be a reference cooler but I don't see that it has two bios on it which means it is not a reference PCB. My guess is probably not.
    
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post #3 of 11
depends. XFX has both 6870 PCB cards, and V1 reference cards.

The ones that are "HD-695A-XXXX" are reference, X denotes 6870 based card.
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post #5 of 11
It does appear to be reference so most likely yes. Though there are a lot of 6950's out there now that can't flash at all. Make sure you've got the BIOS switch next to your CFX bridge, if you do there's absolutely no harm in trying. Good luck
   
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Quote:
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should be unlockable.

Nothing is garanteed, but it is likely.
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Quote:
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depends. XFX has both 6870 PCB cards, and V1 reference cards.

The ones that are "HD-695A-XXXX" are reference, X denotes 6870 based card.
Any chance you can elaborate a bit more on what you previously said? I didn't realize a 6950 card could be based on a 6870 PCB design. Is there an associated performance difference on any level?
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Quote:
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Any chance you can elaborate a bit more on what you previously said? I didn't realize a 6950 card could be based on a 6870 PCB design. Is there an associated performance difference on any level?
AMD's revised 6950 2gb design is based off the 6950 1gb card, which is you guessed it a 6870 pcb. For further reading, you can search my name and revised.


I'm pretty sure XFX has switched over to all the revised AMD pcb's by now. In fact, I'm willing to say that everyone has as well or in the process of switching.
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One of those is a 6870, one is a 6950 (X-CNFC).

With the second round of 6950s, amd lets AIB's use the 6870 PCB's because they are cheaper.
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Thanks guys!

I had been thinking of going with a 6950 to finish my build. Does going with a "HD-695A-XXXX" vs. "HD-695X-XXXX" mean anything in terms of a performance loss? I would think not as they are still both advertised by XFX at the same speeds, etc. Any reason to be deterred by this (other than no ability to unlock to a 6970)?
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