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Right now, I'm planning my gaming rig and have chose the 6950 Toxic as my GPU however...

If I manage to unlock it to a 6970 and I choose to CF it in the future, I'm thinking whether should I :-
1) get another 6950 toxic and take my chances to unlock it.
2) spend extra $ for a cheap 6970
3) get a good 6950 that can go up close to 6970 level. E.g: 6950 Twin Frozr Power Edition.

Or should I not choose the Toxic as GPU and go with another GPU?
post #2 of 7
I'd just get the cheapest 2GB 6950 possible - if you can unlock the extra shaders, great (although you get much larger performance increases from overclocking) and if you can't, then you haven't spent over the odds and you can still overclock them.
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Great choice on the TOXIC

And IF you buy 1 TOXIC card and UnLock it ... WHY THE HELL wouldn't you just buy the 2nd and do it again if you want to X-Fire ?

Seriously ? ... as for your questions ...

1) YES ... DUH !
2) You could, the Sapphire HD-6970 isn't that much more and it at least is 100% guaranteed to be a 6970 for you
3) WHAT ? WHY ? come ON ! HELLO the TOXIC reaches HD-6970 levels BETTER than the MSI PE/OC TwinFrozrIII ... I mean they're BOTH great cards, and I've got NOTHING against the MSI card, in fact my 2nd choice to the TOXIC, but you do know the Sapphire TOXIC IS the FASTEST HD-6950 on the Market Right ? and IF you can Un-Lock and OC it it beats a stock HD-6970 and GTX-570 and butts heads with GTX-580 performance levels !

Only question is really your budget and can you afford to do this ... if YES it's a NO Brain call ... if Well no it's kind of tight, you could attempt this same thing trying the more budget friendly Sapphire DIRT3 edition cards, though the success rates of Un-Locking aren't as good as the TOXIC cards.

COME ON ! TOXIC ... DUH ! you KNOW this stuff. it's why you picked the TOXIC to begin with right ?

Edited by LA_Kings_Fan - 10/27/11 at 4:11pm
   
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My only concerns are if my 1st toxic unlocks but if I get another toxic and it doesn't unlock

What will be the performance for this xfire performance since 1 of my toxics didn't manage to unlock?
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My only concerns are if my 1st toxic unlocks but if I get another toxic and it doesn't unlock

What will be the performance for this xfire performance since 1 of my toxics didn't manage to unlock?
The toxic is basically a 6970. It's afaik the only 6950 using the 6970 rev2 pcb currently on the market.


The PC 6950 PCS++ was another 6970 rev2 pcb 6950 from way back.
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IF you buy a 2nd TOXIC and it doesn't UnLock ... you could either return it, or sell it ... and then either keep trying to get one that does, /OR just buy the Sapphire HD-6970 and be done with it, it's about $60 more at NewEgg than the TOXIC though, but it's on sale often too. But honestly your chance of UnLocking a TOXIC is REALLY good like 3 in 4 or maybe even better good
   
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why do you capitalise the L in unlock?
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