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Hello once again Ocn I just purchased a Msi Radeon 6950 2gb gpu and iam curious what this whole bios switch ordeal is,If I switch it i will get 6970 shaders unlocked? Is there something else I need to do other then moving the switch over? This is for the refrence card model any help or tips are very much appricated...thumb.gif
     
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The switch unlocks the shaders, so you don't need to flash the bios or anything like that to get that accomplished.

IF you want to clock the card like a 6970 then you can flash or just crank it up with TRIXX. That's my understanding of the whole thing.


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Oh yeah its a beast! Iam gonna give it a shot see what happens,thank u for the feedback much appricated.i think ill be staying with refrence cards from now on
     
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The switch unlocks the shaders, so you don't need to flash the bios or anything like that to get that accomplished.

IF you want to clock the card like a 6970 then you can flash or just crank it up with TRIXX. That's my understanding of the whole thing.


I love these reference 6950s! thumb.gif

IIRC, you do have to flash to unlock the shaders, by default, both bios are stock, one is just a fallback.

You can try it without flashing, I believe after unlock it was 1532? I can't totally remember.
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I didn't have an msi, but I had sapphires with dual bios switches. If I remember you could flash bios 1 or 2 and if it went wrong you could switch it back to the default config on the bios position you didn't flash.
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I didn't have an msi, but I had sapphires with dual bios switches. If I remember you could flash bios 1 or 2 and if it went wrong you could switch it back to the default config on the bios position you didn't flash.

Yep, you still had to flash to unlock the shaders though right? I had XFX, but I did it a year ago.



Here's a tutorial:
http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcard/159

Here's some BIOS choices, doesn't really matter what you pick:
http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/index.php?page=1&architecture=&manufacturer=&model=HD+6970&interface=&memSize=0
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Ok I bought the card from another ocn member he said he already flashed the card does that mean i DONT need to flash it again or I do? He said he shipped it on default bios number 1 to shut off my computer flip the switch to setting 2 then check gpu-z to make sure all 1536 shaders are unlocked...(or something similar) and i can run it at 6970 speeds which are 880mhz core and 1330 memory with fan set at least 50 % .....What do u guys think?
     
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Ok I bought the card from another ocn member he said he already flashed the card does that mean i DONT need to flash it again or I do? He said he shipped it on default bios number 1 to shut off my computer flip the switch to setting 2 then check gpu-z to make sure all 1536 shaders are unlocked...(or something similar) and i can run it at 6970 speeds which are 880mhz core and 1330 memory with fan set at least 50 % .....What do u guys think?

If it's already flashed, you do not have to reflash it, just switch the bios. If you want higher clocks you can just OC through Afterburner or whatever your preference is.
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Well thats great beacuse if i had to flash it myself id probbly mess something up lol. Ok just flip the switch and start overclocking....Thank you:thumb:
     
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Holly cow I switch the bios and my clocks went up from 800 to 875 mhz and memory went from 1200mhz to 1375 mhz! I wonder how high this thing can clock-Thanks everyone for helping me out,ive never owned such a high end card before so i wasnt sure what i needed to do.thumb.gif
     
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