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I'd like to upgrade to a 6970, so the cheapskate in me wants to wing it with unlocking a 9650. I've noticed that this card on the 'Egg has been known to include a preflashed 6970 BIOS state thanks to the firmware switch on the card. But going by user reviews, it seems that this isn't the case for everyone -- while most users get cards made with Cayman cores that feature the pre-unlocked BIOS stock, some users report getting a card with an Antilles GPU, which does not feature a pre-unlocked BIOS setting. These cards seem to register as 6990s, leading to the assumption that they are simply lower-binned chips from 6990s.

Does anyone know what's up with these? Is there a better card I should be looking into if I want to unlock? This particular one seems either guaranteed, or impossible.
Edited by moonslug - 10/19/11 at 11:12am
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the sapphire toxic 6950 2GB is one of the best cards to unlock. it doesn't have a pre flashed bios but it does have the switch with to copies of the stock bios so you can flash one to the unlocked version and the other serves as a backup in case of bios issues. also is 'Egg now the vernacular for newegg?
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Honestly the 6970 isn't a huge upgrade. I would think about another 6950. Btw 6990 is a dual 6970 so there Won't be a lower binned card...or I would hope not.
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Whoops sorry -- I was referencing the Sapphire 2GB, forgot to link! Fixed.
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O...crap I miss r read the op..mine its flash ed easy to do with rbe
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I have one of these "Dirt3's" -- dual bios but doesn't unlock (Antilles). It overclocks fine though:



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It seems to be then that the GPU for this card is random?
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No guarantee w/ 6950!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by spinejam View Post
No guarantee w/ 6950!
Ahhh that wasn't what I hoped to hear, but I knew in the back of my mind it was probably the case.

What are my chances I could RMA a card with an Antilles chip?
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Did a little more research into this issue and it appears to be possible to unlock the extra cores without explicitly flashing a 6970 BIOS onto the card? This allows nonstandard PCBs (such as the Twin Frozr models) to feature the unlocked cores. Does anyone know anything about this?
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