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Check the Sapphire 2GB versions. I read around in the reviews section at Newegg and they were unlocking for a LOT of people.
     
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venom55520,

Have you considered just actually buying a HD-6970 that way it's 100% guaranteed and already unlocked for you I know it's a bit more $ but it might be worth it if that's what you're really after and won't be happy with another HD-6950 that DOESN'T unlock !

Anyways, IF you insist on trying to find one to Un-Lock and want your best chances here's the list from what I've been able to come up with as a BEST educated GUESS after researching when buying my HD6950 the likelihoods of unlocking IMO is something like this ...

Chances of UNLOCKING Non-Referenced HD-6950's ;
ULTIMATE 99.9% = OLD Original REFERENCE cards = THE BEST w/ almost 99% chance of success, however also almost 99.9% chance you CANNOT find a NEW one of these can maybe buy USED.

BEST = Sapphire TOXIC edition @ about 66-75%+/- {w/ just a simple DUAL BIOS Switch flip, can also be FLASHED safely IF Needed}

VERY GOOD = MSI Power Edition/OC TwinFrozrIII @ about 50-55%+/- {w/Dual Bios Switch, can also be FLASHED safely IF Needed}

FAIR/GOOD = Asus EAH6950 DCUII/2DI4S/2GD5 edition @ about 40-45%+/- {w/ FLASHING only, NO dual Bios Switch on the ASUS, It has a switch but it's actually a DVI/Display-Port option and is NOT a BIOS switch}

GOOD = Sapphire DIRT3 edition @ about 33-40%+/- {w/ Dual Bios Switch}
(I've seen reports all over the map about the DIRT3's unlocking potential, especially now with the Antilles GPU Bios on so many of them, so? Suggest reading this diclaimer convo.)

FAIR/POOR = PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-P22DHG ++PCS edition & PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-P22DH ++PCS edition @ about -30% {w/ Dual Bios Switch and/or FLASHING the card}

FAIR/POOR = HIS 6950 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB H695QNX2G2M @ about -30% {w/ FLASHING or Dual Bios Switch ?}

POOR = Most XFX, Diamond, VTX, VisionTek, Gigabyte and ALL Other HIS, PowerColor, MSI, ASUS, Sapphire cards NOT mentioned by Named Edition/Model# above @ about -20% {w/ FLASHING only NO DUAL BIOS switches on ANY other cards not named above}
Disclaimer Note: Your result may vary


ONE last thing ... just say NO to ALL 1GB HD-6950 cards ... I mean really ? why bother ? the savings aren't THAT much. I read people say just buy a good over clocker and that unlocks aren’t much of a gain anyway (Then again I've also read that gain can be as much as 9-10%, so ?) … Well, but why NOT do BOTH ? with a Card like the Sapphire TOXIC edition or the MSI PE/OC TFIII edition you get great Factory OC'd cards that ALSO have a DUAL BIOS switch that gives them a Very Good Chance to UN-Lock the shaders as well ... thus making both cards about the next best thing to buying a true HD-6970 {almost 100% identical} ... and you still Over Clock both cards even past the Factory OC's ... they're really remarkable cards for the money!

Edited by LA_Kings_Fan - 10/27/11 at 12:32pm
   
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venom55520,

Have you considered just actually buying a HD-6970 that way it's 100% guaranteed and already unlocked for you I know it's a bit more $ but it might be worth it if that's what you're really after and won't be happy with another HD-6950 that DOESN'T unlock !

Anyways, IF you insist on trying to find one to Un-Lock and want your best chances here's the list from what I've been able to come up with as a BEST educated GUESS after researching when buying my HD6950 the likelihoods of unlocking IMO is something like this ...

Chances of UNLOCKING Non-Referenced HD-6950's ;
ULTIMATE 99.9% = OLD Original REFERENCE cards = THE BEST w/ almost 99% chance of success, however also almost 99.9% chance you CANNOT find a NEW one of these can maybe buy USED.

BEST = Sapphire TOXIC edition @ about 66-75%+/- {w/ just a simple DUAL BIOS Switch flip, can also be FLASHED safely IF Needed}

VERY GOOD = MSI Power Edition/OC TwinFrozrIII @ about 50-55%+/- {w/Dual Bios Switch, can also be FLASHED safely IF Needed}

FAIR/GOOD = Asus EAH6950 DCUII/2DI4S/2GD5 edition @ about 40-45%+/- {w/ FLASHING only, NO dual Bios Switch on the ASUS, It has a switch but it's actually a DVI/Display-Port option and is NOT a BIOS switch}

GOOD = Sapphire DIRT3 edition @ about 33-40%+/- {w/ Dual Bios Switch} (I've seen reports all over the map about its unlocking potential, especially now with the Antilles GPU Bios on so many of them, so?)

FAIR/POOR = PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-P22DHG ++PCS edition & PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-P22DH ++PCS edition @ about -30% {w/ Dual Bios Switch and/or FLASHING the card}

FAIR/POOR = HIS 6950 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB H695QNX2G2M @ about -30% {w/ FLASHING or Dual Bios Switch ?}

POOR = Most XFX, Diamond, VTX, VisionTek, Gigabyte and ALL Other HIS, PowerColor, MSI, ASUS, Sapphire cards NOT mentioned by Named Edition/Model# above @ about -20% {w/ FLASHING only NO DUAL BIOS switches on ANY other cards not named above}
Disclaimer Note: Your result may vary


ONE last thing ... just say NO to ALL 1GB HD-6950 cards ... I mean really ? why bother ? the savings aren't THAT much. I read people say just buy a good over clocker and that unlocks aren’t much of a gain anyway (Then again I've also read that gain can be as much as 9-10%, so ?) … Well, but why NOT do BOTH ? with a Card like the Sapphire TOXIC edition or the MSI PE/OC TFIII edition you get great Factory OC'd cards that ALSO have a DUAL BIOS switch that gives them a Very Good Chance to UN-Lock the shaders as well ... thus making both cards about the next best thing to buying a true HD-6970 {almost 100% identical} ... and you still Over Clock both cards even past the Factory OC's ... they're really remarkable cards for the money!
haha sorry to make you go through all that trouble, it was a very informative post

i ended up buying a 6970 from one of our great members here for the same price as a 6950(actually about $20 less after taxes)
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