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post #71 of 149
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Worst case scenario, the unlocked parts fail. Flip BIOS switch, unlocked parts disabled again, back to 6950.
Yup. It seems some people are oblivious to the dual bios switch.
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post #72 of 149
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Don't forget you could also buy a nice full waterblock for both unlocked 6950, plus reservoir and triple radiator to watercool them and OC them like crazy. And STILL have money in your pocket, compared to 580 SLI.

580 GTX SLI + waterblocks for almost the same perf at high-res, and LESS video RAM? Ouch. Talk about wasting money.
Uhm, 6950's unlocked will not overclock like crazy. It only has 2x 6-pin power and as we all know, the 69xx series consume quite a bit more power than the last generation. Your point is moot because you can also overclock the 580 significantly.
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post #73 of 149
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Worst case scenario, the unlocked parts fail. Flip BIOS switch, unlocked parts disabled again, back to 6950.
No, the worst case scenario is that activating those shaders and whatnot does irreversible damage to the other shaders.
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No, the worst case scenario is that activating those shaders and whatnot does irreversible damage to the other shaders.
We get it, you don't like AMD/ATI and anything that encroaches on your love for team green sucks.
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Its kinda funny that you can look at everyones sigs and know what side of the argument they are on without reading anything else
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post #76 of 149
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We get it, you don't like AMD/ATI and anything that encroaches on your love for team green sucks.
Defensive are we?
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post #77 of 149
Seriously, you can potentially damage your video card this way. This should be done with caution.

Like I said before, you can easily get 6970 results from overclocking the 6950. You guys should let very experienced people experiment with this a bit more before rushing off to try it.
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post #78 of 149
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Seriously, you can potentially damage your video card this way. This should be done with caution.

Like I said before, you can easily get 6970 results from overclocking the 6950. You guys should let very experienced people experiment with this a bit more before rushing off to try it.
There is probably a reason why your card comes with said shaders locked, just saying. And don't hate on team green people!
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post #79 of 149
I will NEVER get this stupid "team red" and "team green". We are talking about computer parts here not gangs or Isreal and Palestine. Some of you should be embarrassed about your nerdrage over GPUs.

I couldn't careless what anyone else uses on their computers.
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I think the whole argument is moot here as well. I'm more an ATI enthusiast, but freely admit Nvidia has it as far as performance is concerned. And they seem to OC well. Yes, they are more expensive, but that is what's required for the best performance.
For me, I bought the 6970. Why? It fit my needs and price range, and hey, I'm an ATI enthusiast . It also has less power draw than a 570 or 580, and that means something to me. So it's not just initial price, but cost of use over time, and ATI wins on both fronts, while being slower in some cases. I have also never run into driver issues, and I've been using ATI cards for about 6 years. However, I have never gone with Crossfire, and prefer a single GPU approach.
What's the point of this? Bragging rights? There are many other, better things, to brag and bicker about. This is way too personal. Yes, the scaling of the HD6 series is much better than before in scaling. This is good. Is it the Nvidia smasher some of us had hoped for? No, so let's stop making it out to be that way. Bottom line: go with whatever brand and/or model of card hits your price range, has the options you want, and fits your case size, power and noise profile....benchmarks be damned.
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