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Can the 6950 still be unlocked??

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Like the topic says.

I was going to hop on getting 2x 6950's when I heard about all the news. Ended up having to shell out some money elsewhere for unexpected bills and didn't get the chance to do so.

Currently have a ATI 5870 that I'd like to upgrade and sell. Either GTX 580 or 2x 6950's unlocked to 6970's if possible.
     
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The old batch are all unlockable but rumors have been going around stating the new batch will not. I just recently got mines and they're selling out quick! All 6950 at Amazon are all gone except the over price Asus and late entry VisionTek.
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Get a 570 and overclock it instead.
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Get a 570 and overclock it instead.
Or I could just get another 5870 and have more performance and save money?

I'm looking to save money & gain performance here.
     
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hey balsagna im trying to PM you back but your inbox is full.
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6950s are great performers. When clocked to 6970 level, both cards are very close to one another.

To answer your question...AFAIK, the current batches are still unlockable but there is talk of the newer revision being laser cut or something.



If your goal is to gain performance and save as much money as possible, then just jump on another 5870. You can find them used for $200 most of the time.
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Or I could just get another 5870 and have more performance and save money?

I'm looking to save money & gain performance here.
This.

A second 5870 is cheaper than all of the other options, and (coming from someone with 2x 5870's) they tear through any games I've played.
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I don't know what I'll do yet. Someone might by my 5870 and I'll get a GTX 580 or a variation of that performance
     
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If you are in Australia PC Case Gear still has a lot of the vanilla 6950 range HERE.
post #10 of 24
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If I was to pick up another 5870'. I'd want a reference one as that's what I have. But anywho,

To stay on topic - Seems as AMD might have fixed the cards already. Wonder if ebay I'll have better luck even if I spend and extra 10-20 to unlock to 6970 performance.
     
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