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I remember reading somewhere the newer batches of 6950's are being physically locked to prevent shaders from being unlocked. I can't recall the credibility of the source, but it sounds reasonable to me, why would AMD want to let people get 6970's for the price a 6950, no one would buy 6970's lol.
This. The new 6950s are laser cut so that they cannot unlock the shaders. I'm now sure if there is something different with that Asus 6950 but most now do not unlock. I personally go with the single best card because it allows you to upgrade in the future by simply adding a second card. Yes you can go tri-fire with 6950s but that just leads to a lot of heat, driver issues, and more power. By getting one 580 now you get as much power as you will need for 1080p as it can max out any game and in the future if you start to struggle maxing out games you can get another one. That time is a long way off IMO. I bought my 470 about a year and a half ago and i can max out all games that I've played except Metro and Crysis which I knew when I got the card and now after all that time I still haven't gotten a new game my card can't max out.
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Do you guys have any proof to back up these laser cut rumors?
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Do you guys have any proof to back up these laser cut rumors?
I just got a reference 6950 2gb in the mail this week for $164. I'll try to unlock it and see what happens.
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I just got a reference 6950 2gb in the mail this week for $164. I'll try to unlock it and see what happens.
Which method do you plan to use? RBE, Wizzards script, or a 6970 bios?
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Which method do you plan to use? RBE, Wizzards script, or a 6970 bios?
I haven't even thought that far ahead, but mostly I'd flash it first. I'll have that computer together on Monday, so I'll know soon.
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I had a matrix on hand and compared it the the Asus DirectCU-II. Frankly I couldn't understand why the Matrix is more expensive... The cards overclock the same and the DirectCU-II fans actually have a better sound profile than the Matrix.

With that said, I've had a number of crossfire arrays and have reverted back to a single fast card for a variety of reasons. Single fastest gpu will provide the best "problem free" experience.
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post #27 of 73
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I haven't even thought that far ahead, but mostly I'd flash it first. I'll have that computer together on Monday, so I'll know soon.
You might be able to flash it with a 6970 bios. I wouldn't recommend this method.

You could also edit the bios that comes with the card with Wizzard's Script or Radeon Bios editor.
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Back in the day i was faced with a similar issue, dual GTX 260s or a GTX 480. Well I picked the 260s, and I wish I got the 480 instead. Not that dual gpus is bad, just a lot of headaches, worrying about SLI scaling ect. Get the 580 and dont look back
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Back in the day i was faced with a similar issue, dual GTX 260s or a GTX 480. Well I picked the 260s, and I wish I got the 480 instead. Not that dual gpus is bad, just a lot of headaches, worrying about SLI scaling ect. Get the 580 and dont look back
Thats not even close to the same. In some cases a 6950 can actually match a GTX580 nevermind two with crossfire scaling this generation. Crossfire is nothing short of impressive on these cards. This is coming from someone who hated 4870x2.
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Back in the day i was faced with a similar issue, dual GTX 260s or a GTX 480. Well I picked the 260s, and I wish I got the 480 instead. Not that dual gpus is bad, just a lot of headaches, worrying about SLI scaling ect. Get the 580 and dont look back
A GTX 480 is a far better card than sli 260's
    
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