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Hello guys, as I am planning to upgrade my computer, starting with a new GPU, like HD 6950 (and than upgrade it to HD 6970), I would like to ask you guys if you have any guide for how to buy the proper one, the one that has dual bios, as I have heard some of the newly released cards don't have it (please correct me if I am wrong). Is it possible to determen if the card has the dual bios, and if it will upgrade to HD 6970 in the shop, by the visual looks or the specs of the card. I myself am looking for a dual-fan setup on the card, and a quality brand. My options are Asus, XFX, or MSI Twin Frozr.


Here are a few links of the video cards themselves, from the shops in my country. XFX ASUS MSI

As it is in my language, You can just google-translate it, so you can read the specs.

P.S. As I scanned through the pages of forum I didn't find the solution for the problem I am concerned of.



Thank You for your time and consideration
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I have the ASUS Radeon HD 6950 DirectCU II and the dual BIOs and it plays the majority of BF3 on ultra stock (not sure if you're into games). Read a review of it here.

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Flashing a 6950 to a 6970 is not as easy as it used to be, so don't rely on that.
Although, dual BIOS does provide you with a kind of safety net when attempting to do so.

In terms of Brands, get either the Asus DirectCU II or the MSI Twin Frozr III will be fine, many people will tell you to avoid XFX Graphics Cards.

Just keep in mind that the Asus card is a triple slot card.
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Sapphire HD6950 2GB Dirt 3 Edition also has a dual bios and a chance to unlock but i don't know how big this chance is.
    
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I have the ASUS Radeon HD 6950 DirectCU II and the dual BIOs and it plays the majority of BF3 on ultra stock (not sure if you're into games). Read a review of it here.

Thank You for the wonderful review, I enjoyed it much. I will stick with the Asus brand I guess, it looks really reliable and high quality.
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I got Asus DCU II in crossfire.. get it!
   
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I'd personally recommend the Sapphire 6950 TOXIC. I had no problem unlocking the shaders on it (was a simple as flicking the bios switch on the card - it comes with a 6970 bios preinstalled) which basically turns it into a 6970 for the price of a 6950. Great value if you ask me. Not really had time to play around with overclocking it yet so I can't really make any comments as to how it overclocks.

I previously had a Asus DirectCU II 6950 and had no end of problems with it. Not only did it seem the cooler did not come mounted correctly resulting in high temperatures making any kind of overclock impossible the retailer would not accept it back under a RMA because the card was not overheating as such at stock clocks. Fortunately, we have some regulations over here in the UK called the Distance Selling Regulations which allow buyer to return the item to the seller for a full refund (even if you opened the box and used the card) within 7 working days so I was able to get my money back.

This is just my personal experience so other people, including yourself, might have a totally different experience.
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