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Should I keep trying to unlock my card?

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I tried to and it didnt work, will it work if I keep trying? or is it one of those if it doesnt work the first time its never going to deals?
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Not all of them will unlock. Its a hit/miss even on reference cards.
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Depends ... Does that PowerColor 6950 have the DUAL BIOS switch ? and is FLIPPING the switch the way you tried to Un-Lock it ?

IF YES and it didn't work

... then you have the option of looking into trying to FLASH the card with a different BIOS and see if That will Un-Lock it. Most likely it won't either if the Switch didn't work, because it means most likely your GPU chip was one of the Laser Cut ones then, but it might be worth the shot ? Though you could also BRICK your card with a BAD FLASH, and have to go through the pain of un-bricking it to try and get your card to work again, so it might not be worth it to go down that road, it's a call you have to make.

Most likely you have one of the HD-6950's that will never become a HD-6970, don't feel bad you're not alone ... and the performance increase of 3-5% from Un-Locking could maybe be made up for by Over-Clocking the card.

Of Course some get lucky and get BOTH out of their cards and I'm sure that's what you hoped might have happened with your card, but that's why I try to recommend the Sapphire TOXIC or MSI PE/OC TF3 cards more, because their odds are better for this.

Be happy with the HD-6950, it's still a great card ... and if you want to try and get a little more juice out of it try OC'ing it, that's the safer path.
Good Luck

Edit: Oops didn't see I guess you already did the OC ? or was that Factory OC'd ?

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Try it once more, if not.... Try it too many times and your card might brick in the end.

Not all cards bought at this time will flash to 6970, which is why if you want 6970 perf, get a 6970, but a 6950 is no slouch either. Be happy with it. You can still OC it tho.
    
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