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Originally Posted by phillyd View Post

there is a bios switch on basically all 6950 2gb by the crossfire port. sapphire loads the full 6970 bios, but most others need a bios flash

Dude that is not a Bios switch. it's a DVI Switch i promise you. I have those cards WC'd and Xfired. I've done my research.
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This is where it gets interesting. Reference HD6950s have a switch on the side that allows users to switch between a protected factory BIOS and a second BIOS. The HD6950’s ability to unlock to a full HD6970 has made it common place for buyers to opt for the cheaper SKU and simply unlocking to the latter. ASUS have kept the switch on their HD6950 but its purpose is completely different. The switch merely switches the dual link DVI port on the I/O panel to a Single Link port and “unlocks” one of the four DisplayPorts linked to it.

source: http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asus_hd6950_2gb_directcu_ii_review,5.html
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He he he he

 

It's up to readers want to believe if reviews are absolute truth and facts or they want to believe real world users experience. Or they want to blame it on the reviews they read later on.

 

 

 

 


Edited by Ken1649 - 12/23/11 at 8:57pm
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That is not even a bios switch. it changes the ability to use the inputs.
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And yes i know that the as long as you save the bios you can always flash back. I just don't want the OP to think that it is entirely risk free. sorry if I came off rude

well if you go to newegg and check a cards reviews you will know for sure wether or not it will be unlockable. also of course reference cards dnt
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Dude that is not a Bios switch. it's a DVI Switch i promise you. I have those cards WC'd and Xfired. I've done my research.
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This is where it gets interesting. Reference HD6950s have a switch on the side that allows users to switch between a protected factory BIOS and a second BIOS. The HD6950’s ability to unlock to a full HD6970 has made it common place for buyers to opt for the cheaper SKU and simply unlocking to the latter. ASUS have kept the switch on their HD6950 but its purpose is completely different. The switch merely switches the dual link DVI port on the I/O panel to a Single Link port and “unlocks” one of the four DisplayPorts linked to it.
source: http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asus_hd6950_2gb_directcu_ii_review,5.html

that is not true of most other aftermarket cards.
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well if you go to newegg and check a cards reviews you will know for sure wether or not it will be unlockable. also of course reference cards dnt
that is not true of most other aftermarket cards.

1. HE DOESNT WANT THAT CARD ANYWAY. The shaders on that card are locked.
2. Other aftermarket cards are made differently with different PCB layouts. pick one card and stick with it.

your talk makes my head hurt from frustration. done with this thread.

GOODLUCK OP!!! hope you find something you like!! thumb.gif
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Wow, thanks for all the input everyone!

I think the only thing that would change my mind of getting a 6950 2gb unlocked is if I find a 580 for 350 or less on the marketplace ;D
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yes you can overclock on top of that. I should know as I owned a sapphire 6950 2gb unlocked. It was a reference model though. Those were literally 6970's. Identical in every way. My brother sold it on here. 6970 and gtx570 are great products, but since you can have equal performance for less money, why not do it? There are a couple models of that card. I hear one of them doesn't unlock. Do you have to get it off Tigerdirect? Just get the one on newegg.

I live in Canada, so if I can find the same card off a Canadian site like Tiger Direct or Direct Canada or NCIX I can save on shipping and duty, which I very much would like to do lol
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If I was buying today I'd get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130739&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4003003&SID=1s2xex2ua6f0t

But I am very happy with my unlocked 6950's and have no need to upgrade for a long time.

One thing you might want to know about an unlocked reference 6950 is that the fan profile will not cool the card enough so you will at least need a custom fan profile via software like afterburner.

I put mine under water so no fan here but maybe go with a twin frozer or direct cu just for that fact alone. If it were me I'd just get a 6970 and not be bothered by the flashing etc....

But I think what you should do is get the 560 ti 448 and then fold it for team 37726. ;-)
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If I was buying today I'd get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130739&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4003003&SID=1s2xex2ua6f0t
But I am very happy with my unlocked 6950's and have no need to upgrade for a long time.
One thing you might want to know about an unlocked reference 6950 is that the fan profile will not cool the card enough so you will at least need a custom fan profile via software like afterburner.
I put mine under water so no fan here but maybe go with a twin frozer or direct cu just for that fact alone. If it were me I'd just get a 6970 and not be bothered by the flashing etc....
But I think what you should do is get the 560 ti 448 and then fold it for team 37726. ;-)

i think that would call for something like sapphire's 2 fan version (or even twin frozr's) if he decides on the 6950
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i think that would call for something like sapphire's 2 fan version (or even twin frozr's) if he decides on the 6950

Yeah my reference cards were pretty loud in order to stay cool.....
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