Originally Posted by steamboat
the main reason for people not wanting to flash to 6970 full bios is the lower binned ram that couldn't handle the extra voltage.
around page 50? in that link someone claiming to work for a graphics card manufacturer says he's gotten a dozen or so rma's where the rams been fried from overvolting (it's been months since i read that, track it down in that post to get the word for word)
Proof? Quit rumor-mongering. I'm so tired of people copy pasting what they have heard, when there is no truth behind it. It's not a lower binned ram. It's a completely different RAM module.
Some guy claiming something on some forum without proof to back it up isn't worth the time it took to read. The facts
are that thousands of users have flashed/unlocked their cards (whether shaders or a full unlock) and the vast majority have experienced no problems. That is backed up from stats of forum users on TPU in some of the same threads that you posted.
Seriously, please prove me wrong. I would hate to think I have been ruining my hardware since January. I'll repeat to everyone in this thread what I have said in every other post like this: post some proof, and I will reflash my cards and begin telling everyone exactly how bad it is to flash to a 6970. Otherwise, quit posting hearsay, rumors, untruths and opinions.If you want to claim the memory runs at different voltages find some proof that the different voltages damages the VRAM.
Last I checked I have been overvolting desktop RAM for years without ever having a problem. Just something to think about
OP feel free to flash your 6950 in whatever manner you choose. This is OCN and we always want to get the most out of our hardware. That's why some people go halfway and unlock their shaders. I wanted any extra I could squeeze, so I flashed the whole card to a 6970 and then overclocked from there. Been running solid like many others for 6 months. And if it ruins the card? RMA. People will tell you that the GPU maker will check the BIOS log, to which I call BS. I have already had to RMA one of the many 6950's that I have unlocked and it RMA'ed just fine. (Before anyone wants to claim the new RAM voltage killed it, why couldn't it have been one of the shader cores that was disabled? When I enabled it it may very well have caused the artifacting present. The card may simply have been a lemon, I don't know and obviously none of you all do either)
The simple truth OP is you take a risk whenever you mod any hardware or software, whether it is a motherboard BIOS, or overclocking a CPU. Doesn't mean that risk factor is high. People in this thread posting otherwise are just rabble-rousers spreading fear. Ignore them. Unless they have some proof somewhere?