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You could go for a reference 6950 and flash it to a 6970. This card unlocks nicely and plays BF3 well on ultra for me. Although it is out of stock at the moment, here's the link for newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103202

You could also try to buy a used one off here?
    
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7850 and 7870 are coming out in February! Is this a serious question? Just wait, it's not like die-shrinks come out every month (or year! Last one was 40nm and that was about 2 years ago). You get a 90W TDP instead of like 150W, the same performance and hopefully much better overclocking if the 7970 is any indication for other 28nm graphics cards.
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No reason to really WAIT for the 7xxx series unless you just gotta spend more money than you need to ... as the 7970's are out NOW wink.gif

Of course maybe $550 - $600 for a single graphics cad is also out of your budget though ? It is mine redface.gif

 

That said ... the HD-6950's are GREAT cards and if you can get lucky and unlock one and overclock it ... you get HD-6970 levels of performance for FREE.

Sounds great right ? now here's the kicker ... it's getting more and more difficult to FIND those types of 6950's ... and XFX is about the WORST Brand for unlock success, so personally I can NOT recommend that card you like.

 

HERE is the run down of the HD-6950's you should be looking at ...   { You wan to Look for - 2 GB vram / Dual Bios / High Quality internal Components / Strong Company Support / Warranty / Features you want }

 

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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 other Sapphire Cards.

(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) & Sapphire FLeX edition (Model #100312FLEX) @ 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) @ 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

 

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, VTX, VisionTek, Club, 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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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 WHAT EVER YOU DO ... DO NOT BUY a HD-6950 Card w/o the DUAL BIOS Features, and DO NOT Buy a HD-6950 Card w/ only 1 GB of VRAM ! wth.gif

Disclaimer Note: Your result may vary of course

 

 

... so personally about the best one you're going to find NEW off NewEgg right now is the MSI Power Edition/OC TwinFrozr III 2GB (Model #R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC) or maybe the Sapphire DIRT3 edition (Model #100312-3SR) . The other option is buying USED ... and if you can find either a TOXIC or an original Reference Card that would be a great deal in the $200 to $250+ range. GOOD LUCK thumb.gif 

 

   
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you could always buy my 6970 for the price of a 6950 wink.gif
    
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Well if you look hard enough u can track a unlockable 6950 2gb that would be the only good reason to get it otherwise wait for the revision 7850 it should overclock well and be on par to a 6970 anyway
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Well if you look hard enough u can track a unlockable 6950 2gb that would be the only good reason to get it otherwise wait for the revision 7850 it should overclock well and be on par to a 6970 anyway
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I wish i could find a
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post #17 of 23
Last month I was in the same situation. I wasnt sure if I should wait for the 7970. After pulling the trigger and not waiting I picked up 2 MSI Twin Frozr II Radeon 6950 2GB for $560 at my door. Both unlocked nicely and I'm running 1536 shaders at 880/1375Mhz. Around $50 cheaper than a 7970 and better performance. I get 10,200P in 3DMark11 with my i7 930 @ 4.3GHz. Though, for single card setup and future proofing I would go for the 7970, if you have the money that is.
    
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Too bad you didn't post this thread 2 or 3 weeks ago doh.gif ... http://www.overclock.net/t/1194895/sapphire-hd6950-2gb-toxic-unlocked ... he just SOLD his. But be on the look out ... I've seen 4 now recently sell, 2 I helped get sold to OCN members smile.gif ... as great a card as they are, some poeple always want the Top Dog, so they sold them to buy HD-7970's, so I'm sure more will pop up ... the MSI PE/OC TF3 can still be had NEW on NewEgg (Link) and other retailers and is almost as good as the TOXIC if you can't wait for a used TOXIC to pop up again. GOOD LUCK either way. thumb.gif

 

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I am on the same boat, looking for either 6950 reference or twin frozr III. I am waiting for either 7870 or 7950 1.5gb. 2nd-3rd week of February is not that far...
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Get a RMA'ed MSI lighting 6950 2gb off ebay for <$250
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