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i see that most of the HD 6950's are under £200 and was wondering which one would be best to get to unlock to a 6970 i'm assuming only reference boards can be unlocked fully but all the details i have read seem sketchy some say all can be unlocked others say not all can so any help would be appreciated thanks smile.gif
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Correct, you want a reference card. Make sure you get a 2GB version.
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only the 1gb cards are under £200, you need a 2gb one. TFIII, toxic or dirt 3 versions are the best options. Got my TFIII in Nov, unlocked like a boss thumb.gif

wait for the 7xxxs though, you should get a price drop
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Get a used reference card, best deals around right now. The early ref cards were over 300 bucks new and are built like tanks.
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iirc the toxic 6950 unlocks with just like a flip of a switch - literally.
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SIGH why people no use SEARCH ? ! ?  ... 

 

Bottom line since you're asking THIS in 2012, it's safe to assume you don't know HOW to Unlock it either, so FLASHING a 6970 bios onto a single bios card would be a big NO NO for you ... so do yourself a favor and BUY one of the DUAL BIOS cards I've listed below ... you'll thank me later. thumb.gif

 

graduated.gif This really should be stickied for as many times as this gets asked, and I've Posted one form or another of this, but Here You Go AGAIN ...


 

First off ... the only way to be 100% SURE you get HD-6970 performance ... is to BUY a HD-6970 Card ... PERIOD !

After that, you have varying levels of succes rates at unlocking a HD-6950 into a HD-6970 and different cards offer different methods of doing so.

The Sapphire TOXIC HD-6950 card simply offers the end user the combination of the EASIEST and MOST SUCCESSFUL chance at doing so ...

 

Chances of UNLOCKING Non-Referenced HD-6950's ;

ULTIMATE +/- 90% = OLD Original REFERENCE cards = THE BEST w/ almost +/- 90% chance of success ANY BRAND too, however also almost 99.9% chance you CANNOT find a NEW one of these can maybe buy USED. Also the cards required FLASHING though, the Unlocked Shaders NOT on the 2nd Bios from Factory like the Sapphire TOXIC edition and MSI PE/OR TF3 edition.

(Note: Look for the AMD NAME & LOGO across the bottom of the PCI-e Slot to be sure it's an ATI / AMD Reference Card.)

radeonhd6950.jpg



BEST = Sapphire TOXIC edition (Model #100312TXSR) @ about 66-85% {w/ just a simple DUAL BIOS Switch flip, the 6970 shaders are ON the card from the Factory no need to Flash, but can also be FLASHED safely IF Needed}

Was $270.00 After MIR @ NewEgg ... Out Of Stock just about EVERYWHERE in the USA, Canada still has some, and in Europe they're Over-Charging for Sapphire products for some reason ?

Note: As Admin of the TOXIC club, I can state our 2 latest Owners List reviews came back with an 84% success rate last report, and this weeks report a 77% success rate, it's the BEST option you'll find IF you can find a TOXIC 6950 for sale.

11188-07_HD6950TOXIC_2GGDDR5_2miniDP_HDMI_2DVI_PCIE_FBC_634481520527455808_200_200.jpg

 

VERY GOOD = MSI Power Edition/OC TwinFrozr III 2GB (Model #R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC) @ about 50-66%+/- {requires FLASH to install the 1536 shaders onto Bios #2, but has a Multi-Function Dual Bios/Fan Profile Switch.}

$300.00 @ NewEgg ...

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FAIR/GOOD = Asus EAH6950 DCUII/2DI4S/2GD5 edition (Model #EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5) @ about 40-50%+/- {w/ FLASHING only, Shaders NOT on Card, It has a Multi-Function Switch that's a DVI/Display-Port option and a BIOS switch, but Asus does not install the 6970 Unlocked Shaders on the Card from the Factory like the Sapphire cards or the PowerColor cards} (Note: WIDE Card, will take up 3 Slots, but also single Card supports SIX Monitors.)

$270.00 After MIR @ NewEgg ...

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GOOD = Sapphire DIRT3 edition (Model #100312-3SR) @ about 33-50%+/- {w/ Dual Bios Switch, same method as the TOXIC Edition.}

$260.00 After MIR @ NewEgg ... (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.)

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FAIR/POOR = PowerColor ++PCS CoD edition (Model #AX6950 2GBD5-P22DHG) & PowerColor ++PCS edition (Model #AX6950 2GBD5-P22DH) @ about 30%+/- {w/ Dual Bios Switch, same method as the TOXIC Edition}

These Models NOT SOLD @ NewEgg ...

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FAIR/POOR = HIS 6950 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB (Model #H695QNX2G2M) @ about -30% {w/ FLASHING or Dual Bios Switch, have seen people BOTH say that it HAS and DOSE NOT HAVE a Dual Bios switch ?}

$300.00 @ NewEgg ...

HIS-Radeon-HD-6950-IceQ-X-Turbo-X-2GB-GDDR5-880MHz-H695QNX2G2M.jpg

 

FAIR/POOR = Sapphire HD-6950 Dual Fan 2GB edition (Model #100312-3L) & Sapphire HD-6950 FLeX 2GB edition (Model #100312FLEX) @ about -30% {w/ FLASHING or Dual Bios Switch, have seen people say BOTH it HAS and DOSE NOT HAVE a Dual Bios switch ?}

$240.00 After MIR @ NewEgg ... (The reports are even MORE all over the map about This Card than the DIRT3's unlocking potential, so? Suggest reading this diclaimer convo.)

11188-05-40G_HD6950_Dirt3_2GBGDDR5_DP_HDMI_2DVI_PCIE_FBC_634516214781203844_200_200.jpg 11188-04_HD6950_flex_2GBGDDR5_2miniDP_HDMI_2DVI_PCIE_FBC_634414171219021251_200_200.jpg

 

FAIR/POOR = DIAMOND HD-6950 Dual Fan 2GB (Model #6950PE52G) @ about -30% {w/ FLASHING or Dual Bios Switch, have seen people say BOTH it HAS and DOSE NOT HAVE a Dual Bios switch ?}

$250.00 @ NewEgg ... (The reports are all over the map about This Card's unlocking potential, so Buyer Beware ?)

Diamond 6950PE52G HD-6950 w-Dual Bios.jpgDiamond 6950PE52G HD-6950 w-Dual Bios (2).jpg

 


 

VERY POOR = Most ALL XFX, VisionTek, VTXClub, Gigabyte and ALL Other HIS, PowerColor, MSI, ASUS, Diamond, and Sapphire cards NOT mentioned by Named Edition/Model# above

@ about -25% {w/ FLASHING only NO DUAL BIOS switches on ANY other cards not named and Pictured above}

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 gigabyte-radeon-ati-hd-6950-graphics-card-dvi-vga-hdmi-pci-express-overclocked.jpg mini-93744-his-radeon-hd-6950.png 701145_0__8339196.jpg in1004810501.jpg 1083_20110124_8319_m.jpg 

 


 

2cents.gif NOTE - If I were buying another HD-6950 I would ONLY Buy one of the Handful of Card I have listed & pictured above not in the VERY POOR section, almost every other HD-6950 than that small handful is NOT worth buying IMO, but hey sometimes people DO get LUCKY ... so good luck IF you do. wth.gif Disclaimer Note: Your result may vary of course

 


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thanks for the help cleared it up now i shall have to keep my eyes open for any deals
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