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Originally Posted by onoz View Post
Not to mention that unlocking never brought any significant performance gains. It really seemed like a lot of people just heard "6950s can unlock" and then they started spewing it everywhere, not even realizing that it doesn't unlock to a true 6970.
Ok let's not go overboard here, as a true reference 6950 unlocked was identical to a 6970 performance wise.
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Ok let's not go overboard here, as a true reference 6950 unlocked was identical to a 6970 performance wise.
This ^

In benchmarks they were identical.
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Isn't the only difference the quality of the VRAM?

If you unlock a 6950 it'll gain the same amount of shaders as a 6970. If you then OC it to 900Mhz. core clock, you're pretty darn close, if not actually having a 6970 in your PC.
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Ok let's not go overboard here, as a true reference 6950 unlocked was identical to a 6970 performance wise.
If this is the case, then I definitely misunderstood these unlocks . I was under the impression that these unlocks only yielded a 5% increase in performance at most (not to say that isn't good).

If we're talking about flashing a 2GB 6950 to 6970 BIOS (different from just unlocking the shaders), I was under the impression that this had a very small chance of success, which is why recommending it didn't make any sense. It's like telling AMD users to buy a Phenom II X2 because you can unlock it to a quad. It's not guaranteed, but people made it seem like it was.
 
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If this is the case, then I definitely misunderstood these unlocks . I was under the impression that these unlocks only yielded a 5% increase in performance at most (not to say that isn't good).

If we're talking about flashing a 2GB 6950 to 6970 BIOS (different from just unlocking the shaders), I was under the impression that this had a very small chance of success, which is why recommending it didn't make any sense.
No, they have a very high chance of success for both, unlocking shaders and doing a full 6970 bios flash. Very easy to do also.
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If this is the case, then I definitely misunderstood these unlocks . I was under the impression that these unlocks only yielded a 5% increase in performance at most (not to say that isn't good).

If we're talking about flashing a 2GB 6950 to 6970 BIOS (different from just unlocking the shaders), I was under the impression that this had a very small chance of success, which is why recommending it didn't make any sense.
You should really stop posting about topics you aren't clear on.

Early reference 6950s had a 99% chance to unlock, and when unlocked and clocked at 6970s speeds were identical to 6970s.
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Somebody sounds unhappy?... There are still cards that unlock, such as reference and initial revisions of some cards (Powercolor/Sapphire) as well as MSI TFIII and ASUS DCII.

There is always still a chance yours wont unlock though, anyway, whats the issue?.. Even if yours does unlock at the same clocks its only about 5% faster at most and a mild overclock will still gain you more performance.. Its a good card and thats it.
    
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Wasn't there mentioning of the 6850's being able to do the same thing? To unlock to a 6870?
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post #18 of 35
Not sure about the 'unlocking is useless' argument.
The difference between a 6970 and 6950 isn't that huge, but is the same gap between unlocked+overclocked-to-6970-levels.
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post #19 of 35
The unlocks did almost nothing.

It was the overclock that gave you the performance. Recommending regular 6950 cards are fine because they overclock just as well as the original reference cards.
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If this is the case, then I definitely misunderstood these unlocks . I was under the impression that these unlocks only yielded a 5% increase in performance at most (not to say that isn't good).

If we're talking about flashing a 2GB 6950 to 6970 BIOS (different from just unlocking the shaders), I was under the impression that this had a very small chance of success, which is why recommending it didn't make any sense. It's like telling AMD users to buy a Phenom II X2 because you can unlock it to a quad. It's not guaranteed, but people made it seem like it was.



Source: http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/...ng/vidcard/159

This should clear things up on the performance matter
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