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I would recommend doing what i did....i sold both my 6970s, and picked up a 7970. Less power requirements, no microstutter, no waiting on optimized CF profiles from AMD.

You can probably sell them both and have more than enough for a reference 7970, and since Beta 11.7 should beat out CF 6970s - especially when overclocked.

Overclocking CF cards is a bit more difficult since you have less airflow and both raise temps quite a bit
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Just remember what I said and make sure that your current mobo can properly run 3 cards in CrossFire. Just having 3 same size PCI-e slots doesn't mean that it will run them the way you want to.

Don't knock XFX GPU's lol. I have only ever used XFX and ATI cards and I've been nothing but pleased with XFX.

It looks like AMD's answer to the Titan is going to be the 8950 and 8970, respectively. They should be out soon enough, AMD already has the specs up on their website. This is of course ruling out PowerColours Devil13 "7990" card that was a one off and had nothing to do with AMD.
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I have just bought a 6950 but cannot unlock the shader. me too, I have a xfire 2x 6950 and my first is unlock to more shader. my psu is a 500 watt 80+ gold and my calculation is like this:

2x 200 watt xfire 2x gpu 6950
1x 150 watt cpu amd x2 phenom be 55
1x 50 watt fans and disks
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600 x 0,90 efficiency = 540 watt maximum

that's a bit more but only about 10%. When you google for xfire 6950 you can see often 400 watt at full load. Hence a 500 watt is plenty let alone a 750 watt.

I also run furmark and heaven benchmark and play b3 many hours. no problem at all. look in my sig.
my old psu exploded while i was playing but this one seems to be a better one? I cannot say anything about the new hd 7970 but its more expensive thats for sure!
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If your 6950 does not use the reference 6970 design, then you might not be able to flash the BIOS and unlock the shaders.

Do you have dual bios switches? Does your 6950 come with 2GB of ram?

If not - then it probably wont work.
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If your 6950 does not use the reference 6970 design, then you might not be able to flash the BIOS and unlock the shaders.

Do you have dual bios switches? Does your 6950 come with 2GB of ram?

If not - then it probably wont work.

my both video adapter are 1 gb vram. 1 has a dual switch. i have tried the wire mod on the other to no avail. I can flash the bios but it does nothing. maybe it's a laser cut? the other is with dual bios and the flash and the unlock was not a problem. did somebody disassemble the bios? maybe it's not the correct patch? I know a bit assembler smile.gif
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U know the thing that really sucks id probably consider selling my gpus but since I don't have the required rep I need to post in ocn marketplace iam kinda stuck with them 4 now until something better comes along or I save-up some more money.That being said ill make the most of what I got 3 radeon 6950s/70 @ $150 a pop= $450 total investment the price/performance id get with this set-up isn't bad at all,ive always wanted to try and run 3 video cards but I think its just the concept iam after more then anything,once its finished iam pretty sure ill get bored with them within a few months! Iam going to need a new motherboard as well,my current asus m5a97 only has 2 pcie-e slots so any suggestions there??? Ive been debating what I should do switch to intel 3570k with a nice z77 board or stay with amd but upgrade my cpu for a 8350 and a asus crosshair formula-z or gigabyte ud3,ud5 or ud7? Most people are saying amd is gonna have a tuff time running 3 gpus and I don't know if I should believe them or not? What do u guys think>? Iam gonna have a budget of $500 dollars to upgrade my cpu and motherboard what should I get that will give me the best bang 4 my buck?biggrin.gif
     
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Holly cow dude to the guy that his psu blew up! Did it actually blow up or just short circuit on you? That could be dangerous man that thing exploding right next to you- Before u know it ull have guys sitting around wearing blast suits playing video games hahaha! I can just picture something like that-has the world gone mad?! tongue.gif
     
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Holly cow dude to the guy that his psu blew up! Did it actually blow up or just short circuit on you? That could be dangerous man that thing exploding right next to you- Before u know it ull have guys sitting around wearing blast suits playing video games hahaha! I can just picture something like that-has the world gone mad?! tongue.gif

Haha. Funny. It was with my old ASROCK N68-UCC and my AMD BE 55 x2 @ x4 and overlock. I was playing a game and it was at night and then the psu explode next to me. I saw an energy bolt from it and a big bang but there wasn't any physical damage. PSU is dead but my other things survived and me too smile.gif. That was my first self made desktop pc after long time. I'm not so educated but I like to tinker a bit. I hope you have more luck with your psu?!
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Damm seriously that's some scarry stuff all joking aside~! Yeah now I see why everyone says to invest in a good psu:D....Your lucky it didn't take the components out as well
     
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I've actually had a Foxconn mobo blow all its caps while doing some overclocking tests with an old Pentium D Extreme chip. It scared the sh#t outta me as I heard the pops.

The crosshair is a great board and the 8350 can and will handle 3 cards just fine. I would suggest saving yourself some money and getting an ASUS MA99FX Pro R2.0 (I think MA99FX is right, its the only board with "Pro" in the name) compare it to the Crosshair, your mostly just getting a pretty board with an upgraded soundcard For $100 more.
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