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Can Sapphire HD 6950 2GB OC GDDR5 11188-22-20G be shader unlocked to 6970?

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Hi guys,

 

I bought the card a few weeks ago.

 

Model number: 11188-22-20G Here's the product link

 

Any luck from other owners on unlocking the shader count from 1408 to 1536?

 

Any successful method? I have tried using RBE modding, Wizard's modding, and flashing the card with Sapphire 6970 2GB BIOSes... All without success.

 

A copy of working unlocked BIOS would be great too. Thanks in advance!

 

P.S.: This card seems like a factory repacked card, as sticker on the cooler was partly loose and covered with dust, and one of the cooler heat pipes seems dented.

 

P.P.S.: Currently, all I can do is to overvolt it to 1.11V and set Core to 900 and Memory to 1375 with Trixx. Temps still in the 40s during normal use.

 

Cheers,

ocman.


Edited by ocman - 8/14/12 at 8:24pm
     
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I think this card should be able to be unlocked but don't take my word for it, I'm just going off of what I think I remember seeing when I was doing research on unlocking cards a few months ago.

Usually only the 1GB versions have problems so your 2GB should be fine.
     
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@ EpicAMDGamer

 

Thanks for your reply! That's what I thought... but I also heard there are the ones being repackaged and resold as new cards are locked by Sapphire...

 

I suspect the one I got is one of those... since the clear protective tape on the cooler cover was loose and partly stick with dust... doh.gif

 

While one of the heatpipes looked dented...

     
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I bought the card a few weeks ago.

All without success.


6950s got locked a while back. Very few are unlockable now and your chances with a new one are closer to nil than go. It sounds like you tried everything with no success. There is no magical unlock bios, and the 6970 bios is in practical terms no different than shader unlocking your stock bios with RBE.
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Yours sounds like it's one of the lazer cut GPU chips ... nothing you can do to unlock the extra shaders, AMD laser cut the extra cores (rather than simply disabling them in BIOS) to prevent the BIOS Flash from unlocking the 6950's up to a Free 6970 ... several cards COULD be unlocked, and it was usually the HIGHER end cards, in Sapphire's case the TOXIC edition had the best chance to unlock at around an 80-85% success rate. Your card at best was below a 50 : 50 chance and the more recent the card was / is the lesser the chance.

 

Overclock it as best you can and be happy with it ... or consider an upgrade replacement card, NO FREE Lunch for you or your GPU, sorry. sad-smiley-002.gif but you knew that was the chance when you purchased the card to begin with.

   
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Thanks guys! It really sounded like I'm out of luck on unlocking for extra shaders...

 

Currently, I've cranked up the voltage to 1.11V and set core to 900 and memory to 1350 with AMD overdrive running without a problem during burn test in GPU-Z.

 

GPU-Z temps creep up to low 60 degree Celius during burn in test...


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Use Catalyst 11.5 and Trixx 3.4 and it should give you voltage control.Profit from my 1/2 day of trial-and-error.(wit lotsa BIOS-flashins too :wheee.gif: )
In the end..I got the info (via screenshot) I needed from the guy who sold me the card :thumb.gif:
 
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^^^When he flashed the card, since it did not brick it means the card is flashable. This means the best method is to use any driver he wants and overclock with Overdrive and use RBE for voltage control.
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@ Schmuckley I'm using CCC 12.6, Trixx 3.4, and along with MSI Afterburner 2.2.3... and checking graphics card status with GPU-Z.

 

@ tsm106 That's what I'm doing too... set speed with voltage control... I'll give RBE another try to set voltage and speed levels.

     
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