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The memory ICs, while rated for difference speeds, should handle the same voltages just fine.
I believe memory was speculated to be the culprit when folks burned their 6950s with a 6970 BIOS. There are a few that seem to be running 6970 BIOS ok. I for one did not want to take that chance and so unlocked shaders and overclocked.
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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)
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Again this lower binned crap, prove it!

Btw, if you followed that supposed expert user who works for a var, channel or whatever... lol. He makes a thread saying his 6950 makes noise and that he can't rma it because asus rejects it. Iirc from memory this was the dude saying he had 17 cards in rma back in Jan when this was just fresh and still had that new car smell to it. All that and he can't even fix his own card???

Yea, that adds up huh?

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I'm working in IT comany that sales computers and since monday we started to getting cards broken by using HD6970 bios. So it's like a bomb with time clock.

The thing is that cards modified with "unlocked HD6950 bios" just don't come back. People are coming to our shop and looking for HD6950 and saying: "Is my warranty will be still valid if I flash my card to HD6970?"

People! Don't use HD6970 BIOS on HD6950!
Please use modded bios with unlocked shaders on HD6950!


Is it clear?
Wow, strongs words yet...

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I have not found even ONE example with HD6950 modded with only unlocked shader bios to be damaged. So the mod works.

If someone damaged his card it's because he used regular HD6970 bios.

It would be nice to add this line to the poll:
"I've bought HD6970. I'm pissed on all HD6950 modders. I want my money back."
It's more like has other motives.
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I have been using full 6970 bios since I got mine in January, no problems. Some people just like to feel safe and just do a shader unlock. To each his own.
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If you are leaving your card stock as a "6970" after flashing bios that is fine.

But if you are overclocking more after flashing to a "6970", then why not do the unlock only and then overclock?
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If you are leaving your card stock as a "6970" after flashing bios that is fine.

But if you are overclocking more after flashing to a "6970", then why not do the unlock only and then overclock?
IIRC, the 6970 has a higher voltage setting at stock than the 6950 and why not just start out at 6970 clocks anyway. I don't OC mine due to heat since my top card gets super hot but when I did OC them I got to 1000/1450 pretty easy on full 6970 bios at the stock 6970 voltage setting.
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Penryn, you have damn good silicon there. You should to get some waterblocks on those cards man!
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Penryn, you have damn good silicon there. You should to get some waterblocks on those cards man!
Yea, I am working on it. Need to add a rad to my CPU loop then get those blocks.
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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?
    
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I just purchased this unit you can do the bios upgrade on it!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102945
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