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My card is not a reference card and i bought it hoping it was. It is a Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB. I got this card because i wanted to play BF3 on high but still, i can't maintain constant 60 on medium settings. Here are some screenshots of my GPU info: 486486

I don't know what could be causing the low performance. Maybe flashing it might help? I would get you guys some bf3 in game screenshots.
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Here is my frames on High338338
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It would HELP to know your EXACT MODEL # of your card ... I'm going to GUESS it's either the DIRT3 Edition Model #100312-3SR or the Dual Fan 2 GB Edition Model # 100312-3L ... and if so then YES you can ... however you DON'T want to ... as Sapphire already HAS the Unlocked Shaders ON the 2nd BIOS for you from the Factory (see more below) ... IF however It is NOT those which card DO you have ? MOST ALL Sapphire HD-6950's have the DUAL Bios switch atop the Lefthand side of the card near the X-Fire bridges ...

Dirt3 CArd w-DUAL BIOS marked.jpg

Sapphire HD-6950 DIRT3 Edition Model # 100312-3SR

 

The ONLY TWO Sapphire Cards that DO NOT have the DUAL BIOS switch on them are these ...

11188-01_HD6950_1GBGDDR5_DP_2miniDP_HDMI_2DVI_PCIE_FBC_634414122375271569_200_200.jpg  MODEL Model # 100312-2SR (2 GB)  &  Model # 100312-1GSR (1 GB)

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If you own the 2 GB  version of this card ... then You WILL have to attempt to FLASH ... as it doesn't have the DUAL BIOS, read the second part for NON-Dual Bios cards ...

 


NOTE ... SAPPhIRE installs the Unlocked Shaders on the 2nd BIOS from the Factory on their 6950's (2 exceptions noted above), so you should try MY EASY Dual Bios UNLOCK guide .... FIRST ! ... before you try ANY FLASHING of the card ... the shaders are already there and you don't NEED to FLASH your card ... try THIS ...

 


The SAPPhIRE HD-6950 TOXIC Edition has the highest successful UNLOCK rate of any Non-Reference HD-6950 on the market today at somewhere between 66-85%, and it's also the easiest HD-6950 card to attempt to unlock the 6970's shader as it's already on the 2nd BIOS from the SAPPhIRE Factory and all you have to do is flip the switch to find out if your GPU Chip will unlock or not. Just Follow my Step-by-Step Guide below ...

Originally Posted by LA_Kings_Fan

 

Step #1 - Install the card, turn on your computer and windows will most likely install the current driver before you can even install the CD software that came with the card.
Step #2 - You can install the CD software, but to be honest the WIN 7 driver the system auto loads for you should work too, so you could skip to Step 3 I guess ?
Step #3 - With things running, install GPU-Z and/or TriXX software or both ... then open the programs to review the Factory defaults of your card, note shaders and Core clocks etc.
Step #4 - In GPU-Z or TriXX SAVE your factory BIOS of the card. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. You might just need it in case something goes wrong and need to reinstall the factory BIOS file in case position #2 Unlocked BIOS FAILS, and flipping the switch back to position #1 won't reload the original BIOS for some reason. THIS shouldn't happen, but better SAFE and SAVED than sorry and SOL.
{Note: If you don't know HOW to save the BIOS, in GPU-Z you click on the Little GREEN Arrow to the far Right of the BIOS version number}
 
Step #5 - Shut Down Windows and turn off your Computer.
Step #6 - FLIP the little Dual BIOS switch near the back plate / SLI Bridge area to position #2.
 
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Step #7 - Turn on Computer and reboot up.
Step #8 - Re-open TriXX and/or GPU-Z and check your Shaders ... if it's 1536, CONGRATS your card UNLOCKED and you have a HD-6970 now no BIOS FLASH required it's ON the card from Sapphire ... if it's still 1408, Bummer dude no Factory Un-Lock , you could still then try FLASHING it to Unlock it, but YES this can be slightly risky and CAN void your warranty if you BRICK the card by Flashing it, most likely you have a card that Will NOT unlock, remember it's NOT 100% Guaranteed.
 
BEFORE .......... VS. .......... AFTER *
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(* Note: These GPU-Z Screen shoots are NOT from a Sapphire HD-6950 TOXIC Card.)
 
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IF you have THIS card ... 11188-01_HD6950_1GBGDDR5_DP_2miniDP_HDMI_2DVI_PCIE_FBC_634414122375271569_200_200.jpg... then try to READ and EDUCATE yourself on the following below ...

 

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ANY ... and I do mean ANY HD-6950 has SOME sort of chance at UNLOCKING the HD-6970's 1536 shaders ... the LEVEL of success of that Chance varies GREATLY from different cards and different brands though and some brands like Sapphire make this process so super simple easy and safe for the end user to try and attempt, while other brands say like XFX are about the last card I'd buy and recommend trying this with, as you may be left with a $250 paper weight if you don't know what you're doing ... there's SO MANY THREADS and so much info about this topic you really should do yourself a favor and do some RESEARCH about it before you make a poor choice and maybe even BRICK your investment.

 

Start with THIS = http://www.overclock.net/t/1183936/which-6950s-can-i-unlock/20#post_15941454

 

Then READ These ;

- How To: Flash 6950 to 6970 Guide, Thanks to Senator

- The 6950 to 6970 unlock thread, Thanks to ~Strawberry~

- How to: Unlock the shaders on a reference 6950 2GB (noob tut), Thanks to fibre_optics

- AMD Radeon HD 6950 to HD 6970 Mod, Thanks to TechPowerUp.com

- Radeon HD 6950 shader unlock instructions, Thanks to TomsHardware.com

 

- How To: Overclock Your AMD/ATi GPU Guide, Thanks to coffeejunky


and IF you MESS it all up, then READ THIS ONE = How To: Un-Brick Your Bricked Graphics Card/Fix a Failed BIOS Flash, Thanks to Core2uu

 

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Also check out this info from AMD for BF3 on a 6950 card ...

 

= Your Personal Mini Guide for BATTLEFIELD 3 =

 

Originally Posted by AMD

 

Battlefield-3-feature.jpg

 

In this guide AMD would like to offer some counseling around these topics. We understand that Battlefield 3 is not the only hot title this season, but it’s certainly one of the most demanding one in terms of hardware. Therefore we’re providing a little insight into what settings we think make sense for different levels of hardware.

 

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In the chart below we identified some of the game settings for some different sets of hardware (CPU platform and graphics cards).
 

BF_Performance_Chart-e1320080226322.png

 

You’ll notice that we recommend the ‘Ultra’ preset in a few of our scenarios without the use of MSAA (Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing). This is a traditional technique to remove aliasing from objects in the visible scene. It provides significant image quality improvements, at least in most cases. But because of its nature, working only on actual geometry, some objects will not benefit at all from this process, like foliage or fences, that are just textures, sprites etc. Luckily DICE implemented a new technique as well called FXAA (Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing), which is a process that works pretty much on all objects. Another significant difference between the two is that while FXAA has a very small impact on performance, however using MSAA can essentially cut your framerate in half. Below you’ll find a few screenshots comparing the two techniques, where they’re effective and where not.

 

BF_Performance_BlogPic2-e1320070016888.png

 

Note the difference on the left – the fence on the lower picture looks more cleaned up, whereas the images on the right will not show any difference in the fence quality.

 

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As you can see in the highlighted areas the Image Quality has been slightly improved by using MSAA over FXAA. However again, there is a large performance trade off compared to using FXAA which can be seen via the FPS counter in the top right of the screenshots. Are the small improvements worth the large performance hit?

 

For these reasons we recommend not to use MSAA unless you’re running a CrossFireX™ configuration and really feel that the image on your screen contains lots of jagged edges. There’s a detailed performance guide that will be available sometime this week if you’d like get more granularity on the topic. With that, all I can say is happy fragging, and see you on the Battlefield!

 

SEE LINKS FOR MORE INFO = http://blogs.amd.com/play/2011/10/31/your-personal-mini-guide-for-battlefield-3/ & http://blogs.amd.com/play/category/gaming/games/battlefield-3/

 

Additional Links w/ more BATTLEFIELD 3 Info :

- Battlefield 3 Crossfire issues? Complete list of known fix's here! 11.11c link inside!

- http://www.overclock.net/t/851366/official-battlefield-3-information-discussion-thread

- http://www.overclock.net/products/battlefield-3

- http://www.overclock.net/search.php?search=Battlefield+3&currenttab=Thread&start=0

 

 


Edited by LA_Kings_Fan - 2/10/12 at 10:31pm
   
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might be a CPU/ram bottleneck
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DERP ! doh.gif yeah I went through posting all that and forgot he didn't even post ANY Specs about his RIG ... so you could be right. tongue.gif
 

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might be a CPU/ram bottleneck


 

   
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My modeal # is 100312-3L, i will check for the switch right now. I have an Intel Core i7-2600K at stock speed and 8GB DDR3 ram.
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That's why wee need clairvoyant here laugher.gif

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OK ... then yeah yours SHOULD have the Dual BIOS switch and Chip on the card w/ the shaders ... follow my Guide for how I check'd my Sapphire 6950 TOXIC edition ... the same will apply to your card, you have a slightly better than 50/50 chance your card will UNLOCK and then you should be able to OC it also to match an HD-6970's level of performance = 880 MHz core clock / 1375 MHz memory clock / 1536 shaders.

 

And with an i7-2600k and 8GB of ram you won't have any bottle necks ... just turn off the stupid MSAA anti aliasing that brings down the AMD cards ... with it OFF the AMD cards can run ALL the other ULTRA settings in BF3 and out perform the nVidia cards while doing it, you should get at or near 60 FPS or better easy depending upon your resolution/screen size.

 

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My modeal # is 100312-3L, i will check for the switch right now. I have an Intel Core i7-2600K at stock speed and 8GB DDR3 ram.


 

   
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LOL ... noobs ... http://www.overclock.net/t/1213446/sapphire-6950-2gb-atikmpag-sys-with-ccc-running doh.gif

OY VEY ! kookoo.gif Why do they ask for help and then ignore the help ? or get impatient and just F' up their cards anyways ?

   
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