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Just Got My Sapphire 6950 2GB Toxic!!! =)

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UPDATE: I have posted benchmarks in a new thread HERE.



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Problem has been solved.


The problem was in fact Catalyst Control Center's PowerTune. Apparently if you don't install CCC or have it disabled it automatically reduces the wattage the card receives, so you have to install CCC and have over-drive enabled with PowerTune set to max.

It would also appear that if you install CCC after TRIXX, the PowerTune will reset itself after any changes, so I had to re-install them in order.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read and reply to my questions, I feel kind of silly, all of this turning out to be nothing but a simple setting issue, but I'm glad it was a simple mistake and not some notorious BIOS or physical problem. I had a similar problem regarding a GTX580 recently and it really frustrated me and I could never figure out what the problem was so I gave up and sold the card because of it, in addition because I bought it used and I wasn't comfortable without having a warranty either.


Thanks again everyone, I will update the original post with this message and I will run benchmarks and play some games and post the results sometime this week for all of those who maybe thinking about getting a 6950/6970.
-OrangeBunnies




For those of you who haven't heard, Sapphire's new 6950 Toxic comes with dual BIOS, one preloaded with a 6970 BIOS. Kit Guru and OverClockersClub both gave the card great reviews and managed to unlock it to a 6970. So I figure I'd give it a shot, worst case it doesn't and I have an awesome 6950 or return it for 5% restocking fee.

My Story:
Walked into Canada Computers, bump into sales rep I've known for awhile, I tell him I'm looking for a 6950 Toxic ($360 after tax), he pulls one randomly off the shelf and walks it to the cashier with me. All the while he offers me a job to work weekends (which is great since I'm a full time student). I get home, install the card, install all the drivers and shut down. Now the moment of truth, I flick the BIOS switch and cross my fingers. Check GPUZ Shaders..... 1536 Unified...

Best video card purchase ever, also came with Dirt 3 and Shogun 2.




TLDR: I bought and unlocked my 6950 Toxic to 6970, came with 2 free games and got a job all in a days work.





Edited by OrangeBunnies - 8/25/11 at 4:40pm
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Nice. ive been eyeing this card as a replacement for my 5770. I need something that will be able to handle Deus Ex and Skyrim better. How does it perform? How are the temps?
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Congratulations mate!

I love my hd6950 crossfire. I aso bought my brother and TFiii R6950 as a gift.

Post your results and we can see if we can maximize your card!

Once again gratz.
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Thanks guys, I haven't done anything with the card yet, It's actually going through 3dmark11 as I type, I will post results from it and heaven's benchmark and some bad company 2 in an hour or so, unless I get lost in amazement while I game.
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Updated original post to include 3dmark11 and Heaven's benchmarks.

I had some weird experience with bad company 2, it seems the 6950 BIOS gets better frames than the 6970 BIOS. 80 vs 77 FPS during the first mission in single player. Maybe I should try flashing it with the 6970 BIOS here, what do you guys think? I'm fairly certain the BIOS is different as when I switched them the memory stayed at 1300 instead of changing to 1375.
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Updated original post to include 3dmark11 and Heaven's benchmarks.

I had some weird experience with bad company 2, it seems the 6950 BIOS gets better frames than the 6970 BIOS. 80 vs 77 FPS during the first mission in single player. Maybe I should try flashing it with the 6970 BIOS here, what do you guys think? I'm fairly certain the BIOS is different as when I switched them the memory stayed at 1300 instead of changing to 1375.
It's possible that the powertune limit wasn't changed with the 6970 BIOS you are using, so the card may be throttling. Memory timings may also be looser.

That BIOS you have a link to is for a reference card, so it's not likely to be any better than what you have in there now.

You should not flash a BIOS from a different PCB, this can cause issues. The Toxic does not use a reference PCB.

Edit the BIOS the card came with to unlock the shaders.
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It's possible that the powertune limit wasn't changed with the 6970 BIOS you are using, so the card may be throttling. Memory timings may also be looser.

That BIOS you have a link to is for a reference card, so it's not likely to be any better than what you have in there now.

You should not flash a BIOS from a different PCB, this can cause issues. The Toxic does not use a reference PCB.

Edit the BIOS the card came with to unlock the shaders.
According to Trixx and GPUz the shaders are unlocked, if there is something in the BIOS that is incorrect how would I go about editing it and how would I even know what to edit?
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It's possible that the powertune limit wasn't changed with the 6970 BIOS you are using, so the card may be throttling. Memory timings may also be looser.

That BIOS you have a link to is for a reference card, so it's not likely to be any better than what you have in there now.

You should not flash a BIOS from a different PCB, this can cause issues. The Toxic does not use a reference PCB.

Edit the BIOS the card came with to unlock the shaders.
I got mine coming in on Tuesday but reviews say that the layout is exactly the same as a reference 6950/6970.

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The layout of the HD6950 Toxic Edition is identical to that of the standard edition,

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I got mine coming in on Tuesday but reviews say that the layout is exactly the same as a reference 6950/6970.
Let me know how your card works out, maybe my 6970 BIOS is messed up, I hope that's the case and not the card.

EDIT: Even if my flash goes bad with the reference 6970 BIOS, couldn't I just re-flash with the one it came with as it has dual BIOS?
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Let me know how your card works out, maybe my 6970 BIOS is messed up, I hope that's the case and not the card.

EDIT: Even if my flash goes bad with the reference 6970 BIOS, couldn't I just re-flash with the one it came with as it has dual BIOS?
Just back them up first, or do a dump with gpu-z. If it dont flash right flick the switch and your backup and running. Just get the sets written down so you can blind flash the alt bios if something happens.

Do more tests first, BC2 isnt exactly AMD friendly.
 
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