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Are any of the 6950's with non-reference design still unlockable?

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Most of the reference design 6950 2GB models are out of stock or overpriced at this point and I was wondering if any of the non-reference ones were still showing to be unlockable? Or would I just be better off going with the 6970 for a little more money and not hassle with finding one that unlocks?
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the 6970 will still outperform an unlocked 6950. personally i would sugest going that rout anyway, but if not it is possible to find reference 6950's with non referenance coolers which should work fine just make sure you do your research before you pull thhe trigger.
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the 6970 will still outperform an unlocked 6950. personally i would sugest going that rout anyway, but if not it is possible to find reference 6950's with non referenance coolers which should work fine just make sure you do your research before you pull thhe trigger.
No it won't, given the same clocks. It's literally the same card.
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No it won't, given the same clocks. It's literally the same card.
I could well be wrong but as i understand it unlocking only gives you the extra shaders and that flashing to full 6970 was dodgy at best and largely yeilded no better results than the simple shader unlock.


discussed here with some benchies etc

i think at the very least assumeing you are going to overclock a 6970 you would be able to push it a reasonable amount further than a flashed 6950.
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No it won't, given the same clocks. It's literally the same card.

No it's not... and an unlocked 6950 performs no better than if it was just overclocked in most games


PROOF: http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/37...0/index19.html

EDIT: seems like i'm drunk or something.. i totally misread the article...

i guess tsm106 is right.

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I could well be wrong but as i understand it unlocking only gives you the extra shaders and that flashing to full 6970 was dodgy at best and largely yeilded no better results than the simple shader unlock.


discussed here with some benchies etc

i think at the very least assumeing you are going to overclock a 6970 you would be able to push it a reasonable amount further than a flashed 6950.
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No it's not... and an unlocked 6950 performs no better than if it was just overclocked in most games

PROOF: http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/37...0/index19.html
Eh? lol wut?

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The Twin Frozr III is the only one I've heard of that can still unlock. Other than a few select PowerColor cards.
    
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I'm looking at the most recent Newegg reviews for the Twin Frozr III and it doesn't look like it is unlockable any more due to the newer bins of GPU's which have the disabled shaders laser cut.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127575
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PowerColor HD 6950 i have isn't reference and i have unlocked shaders
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