Granted you make some valid points, however ...
Originally Posted by vagoskonti
1) 6950 isnt surely that will unlock
2)6970 when oced is faster than 6950 oced[even if it has the 6970 bios]
3)because the warranty covers you for as long as the card has warranty if you flash your card say bye bye to the warranty.
4)i prefer having 1 card that can provide the power needed...amd putted 6 and 8 pin on the 6970 while 6950 has 2 6 pins amd did that for a reason...
5) because i want to be sure that my card will last long and when i hear about problems with the 6950[when flashing i mean] i prefer the safe and sure way.
5 good reasons...thats my opinion like it or not.
... the Sapphire HD-6950 TOXIC Edition Card =
1) 6950 isnt surely that will unlock
The Sapphire HD-6950 TOXIC Edition has about a 66% to 75% report successful unlock rate ( I'm one of them )
2) 6970 when oced is faster than 6950 oced[even if it has the 6970 bios]
NOT TRUE ... actually most HD-6970's OC very poorly and a couple of 6950's like the TOXIC and MSI PE/OC TF3 actually overclock much better and higher than the majority of HD-6970's on the market. The TOXIC has been known to OC and Unlock at levels that have it beating non-OC'd stock GTX-580's in fact.
3) because the warranty covers you for as long as the card has warranty if you flash your card say bye bye to the warranty.
OK True ... but you're not on stockclock.net now are you ? so this reason isn't as valid as you're making it out to be, as long as you keep things within reason and have a quality product to begin with, you most likely will outlive the usefulness of the card and have replaced it anyways before you ever needed to Warranty it anyways
4) i prefer having 1 card that can provide the power needed...amd putted 6 and 8 pin on the 6970 while 6950 has 2 6 pins amd did that for a reason...
The Sapphire HD-6950 TOXIC comes on a 6970 PCB board and has the 6+8 pin power connectors too, and comes factory stock volted at 1.175v just like a HD-6970. So moot point
5) because i want to be sure that my card will last long and when i hear about problems with the 6950[when flashing i mean] i prefer the safe and sure way.The Sapphire HD-6950 TOXIC comes with a DUAL BIOS Switch and a Factory installed 2nd BIOS on the Card that has the unlocked shaders, FLIP a switch and PRESTO ! HD-6970, NO FLASHING REQUIRED ! It's already factory OC'd to near HD-6970 levels also at 880 MHz core & 1300 MHz memory, just another 75 MHz adjustment with some manual OCing and you've got yourself a true HD-6970. So also a moot point
LONG STORY SHORT ... IF you KNOW what you're buying you can avoid the risks you mention, or at least minimize them greatly, and get yourself a great GPU for A LOT LESS like I did.
One last note: I see several people saying the Memory VRAM on HD-6950's can't take the OC/shader unlock if the card is FLASHED and will burn out. I think this has more to do with the quality of the particular Card Vendor and the components they used in building the card than of all HD-6950's in general, so a blanket statement like this is misleading, I've already mentioned the Sapphire TOXIC HD-6950 comes w/ the 6+8 pin power, and the same stock voltage (1.175v) as a 6970, as well it comes with improved/upgraded DIGITAL VRAMs that handle the higher requirements of the HD-6970's. Another card like the MSI PE/OC TF3 does also, so there are a few cards out on the market that were manufactured from the start to handle this BIOS BONUS. True you might burn out your cheapo XFX crap HD6950 Flashing it, but like I said if you start with a QUALITY Product to begin with, you don't have these kinds of problems or worries.
Edited by LA_Kings_Fan - 11/29/11 at 7:23pm