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I've currently got it at 890/1375 on Stock Volts and running fine, but I'm getting that HIS 6970 whenever it comes and I wanted to crossfire. I was wondering if it's safe to unlock the shaders on this card since there's no dual bios... has anyone tried it? Or should I just deal with a 6950/70 crossfire?
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http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/...ng/vidcard/159

if its a reference card you can attempt to do this.
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http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/...ng/vidcard/159

if its a reference card you can attempt to do this.
The reason I asked was because it's not a Reference model as far as I know: it has no dual bios switch so I was hoping to see if anyone was able to do it successfully without repercussion.
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Keep in mind NOT ALL cards CAN unlock the shaders, some are Laser cut at the GPU chip, others are BIOS disabled. And that includes REFERENCE cards as well as the majority of NON-REF cards, so the chance that it works isn't always that great to begin with in the first place. That said, you can attempt to FLASH it regardless if it's a REF card or not, yes some people DO get lucky and do it successfully ... however, without the DUAL BIOS safety backup, IF you screw up the FLASH or your card doesn't want to Unlock you could potentially BRICK it, and while that is fixable, it can be a PITA to go through. It's true you'd get a slight better performance running 2 x 6970 (6970-lite) cards together than you would running a 6970/6950 X-Fire ... but IMO the difference isn't enough to risk BRICKING your card if you're not sure about your abilities at FLASHING another BIOS onto that card.

So is it doable - YES potentially, Worth it - MAYBE, risky - YES ... SHOULD YOU DO IT - only YOU know that answer, if you answer honestly.
   
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You could try, dont fully flash it to 6970, just unlock the shaders that shouldn't be that risky.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaine View Post
I've currently got it at 890/1375 on Stock Volts and running fine, but I'm getting that HIS 6970 whenever it comes and I wanted to crossfire. I was wondering if it's safe to unlock the shaders on this card since there's no dual bios... has anyone tried it? Or should I just deal with a 6950/70 crossfire?
If this is your card, it is unlockable. It should be safe if you do it right. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ords%29&Page=1

Check this thread http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1622205


Btw, you don't have to match the core/memory clocks for crossfire to work. They can work with its own respective core/memory/voltage in Crossfire configuration without negative effect.
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