Originally Posted by Erick
DO NOT FLASH TO HD6970 BIOS
DO NOT FLASH TO HD6970 BIOS
it will mess with memory timmings and voltage since they are different memory chips on the 6950 and 6970.
What you can do is: unlock the shaders only, it will maintain the stock settings sides from the shaders unlock, after that you overclock to hd 6970 speeds or even more.
Erick this charade of yours is getting old. This isn't the first thread you have crapped up spreading this rumor. I'll be happy to dispel it again for you if I need to. You obviously borrowed someone else's soapbox to stand on here, and that was a mistake. If you want to go around telling people something is dangerous, make sure you have some proof and can back it up. Otherwise you may as well be shouting about the dangers of chocolate milk.
Keep reading, and I'll try to fully address the whole issue for you all, as I know some people have bricked their cards. But please show me some proof the ram timings are different. And as for memory timings not being good to mess with, what are any of you talking about. Hundreds of people including myself tighten the ram timings of our sig rig. Did you mean to argue that messing with the Hynix ram used on these GPU's isn't good to try and tighten? If so post some proof.
People will flash their BIOS for the same reason they pump more volts into their CPU. To snag the most performance you can out of any given component. You, Erick, have every right to voice your opinion, even if it is wrong. I may not agree with you, but I would certainly defend your right to say it. However in this case, I'm not debating opinions. I'm arguing facts. And the facts are that you can tighten memory without causing damage. Just like you can overvolt it. Within reason ofc.
Originally Posted by Willhemmens
Then hows about you provide proof that every non-reference card will unlock?
Not sure if your trolling or really this poorly misinformed. Note sure if your really that foolish or simply that brave to offer your opinions without evidence as fact. Just to be generous I'll assume the latter in both cases.
I won't offer my opinion on anything however, just facts. Let me lay it all out for you since you decided not to google for yourself and save us this hassle.
Here's the original post from TPU, showing how to unlock the GPU and at the bottom there is this nifty poll about unlock success to failure ratio. You should probably give it a gander as you will clearly note it shows 696 cards polled. Of those 696 polled only 23 failed to unlock and work as a 6970.
In case you didn't want to do the math, I did it for you. that's over a 96% success rate
You'll note I put that in bold and such to make sure you got it. I don't want anyone else confused by bad posts and misinformation.
I'd also like to go ahead and mention that a 6970 has 1536 shaders. Now please direct your attention to the fact that my 6950 according to GPUZ also has, wait for it, the same number!
The point in showing the above? Just to go ahead and address as much of the myth surrounding the 6950 unlock as possible. A 6950 when flashed to a 6970 BIOS with unlocked shaders, is in essence a 6970 as they perform identically.
Now you may argue that's just one poll. It doesn't prove anything. Fair enough I concede that point, and the driver's have matured some. Let's mosey on over to a thread right here on OCN further showing the correct answer.
6950: Shaders Unlocked vs Full Unlocked Tested
My point is simple for the OP and all the naysayers in the thread. A 6950 flashed will perform identically to a 6970 at the same clocks. A 6970 BIOS isn't going to screw with the 6950 RAM. And even though they are different HYNIX modules a 6950's ram timings aren't tightened when utilizing a 6970 BIOS. If you say I am wrong throw up some proof and I will repeal my post. I'm not looking for opinions, but fact.
Way to go tsm106 for staying the course.