Originally Posted by cjc75
I'm going to enjoy this card for awhile...
Though that 90 - 92 Temp reading makes me a little nervous, whats the max that these cards should run, comfortably, under heavy load? IE; Crysis 2 with DX11 patch and Hi Res Textures Patch, and/or other/similar high graphic demanding games?
I adjusted the fan speed ramp using After Burner. I have both my 6970 and my 6950 running the same ramp, and it has cooled my cards considerably at the cost of more fan noise when the cards are operating at high load.
I have flashed my 6950 with the 6970 BIOS and I cannot tell from GPUz which card is which. You can unlock the 6950 and change the clock speeds and enable the extra shaders without flashing it with the 6970 BIOS. Your card has the extra shaders enabled (1536).
Try furmark. It will at least tell you if the card is a real 6950 or a 6970 (see image below).
You can see in the Furmark window that it correctly identifies my 6950 even though I have flashed it with the 6970 BIOS. I'm afraid I'm not really sure how to tell if the 6970 BIOS is in your card right now, but if it's a real 6970 Furmark will tell you. With GPUz, the only way I can tell which card I am looking at is that my Primary card runs on a different monitor and CPUz will identify the monitor with the card. Also, where it says "Crossfire Disabled" at the bottom, you know that's the 2ndary card. The primary card says "Crossfire Enabled", other than that they look identical in GPUz.
The unlockable reference cards are great cards, but the Frozr cards are great cards too. Tough choice you have there.