I just signed up on this board to specifically post in this thread. LOL
I just got this card from Newegg 2 days ago, and I unlocked it last night without a hitch. The buzz I hear is that ALL of the special "golden shower editions" of this card will unlock. With only 2 confirmed cases that I can find so far (myself and Linus from LinusTech) it so far seems to be true.
My card is number #170 (if memory serves) and Linus's is #640 or something. So if "BlahBlahBlah" will report when he gets his card, and what number it is, we can start to put together an idea on whether or not ALL 2500 cards in this release are unlockable. (That should help potential would be buyers, or unlockers)
Also, did anyone notice how Newegg had the price of this card set at $350 for the last 2 days, and has just today lowered it back down to $249 or whatever? I thought maybe the sudden realization that this card is unlockable was driving up the prices, but maybe not.
Anyway, I ran my card stock, then I overclocked it, then I unlocked it. I have yet to run it overclocked AND unlocked, but I will soon. I only used Uningine to benchmark, and running from memory here (I'm at work) I got an 888 score with stock 465. I got right at 1200 with the overclock, and again right at 1100 with the stock clock unlocked 470. These scores were with tessalation normal, no AA, 1680x1050. My temps stayed under 50C.
My rig is in signature