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Just a word of caution, watch yourself if you get the 6950 and unlock it to a 6970, there are reports of cards starting to die from it now. (From what I hear it it because the ram used in both cards are different.)

You can still unlock the shaders for the 6950, but I wouldn't personally overclock it to the 6970 settings.

I just unlocked the shaders and OC'd mine to 840/1375 to be safe.
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I would pick up a second 5870 if you can find a reference one at a good price--if not I would sell the 5870 and pick up a pair of 6950s since they seem to scale so well.
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post #13 of 24
Well being Australia we get stuff slower, so the chances are quite good that you will get an unlockable one.

But yeah if you can find a vanilla 5870 then get that, it would be the cheapest option of them all.
Edited by smash_mouth01 - 1/15/11 at 11:24am
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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.
I just had ordered mine on newegg about a week ago and I got one that is still from the old batch
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post #15 of 24
Its not matter if you unlock or no, 6950 worth the money in both cases.
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post #16 of 24
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Lucky you, but in a week things can change

I think I might skip out and sell my 5870 and pick up a GTX 580. The money I sell my card for will go back into getting it.

But then again... IDK - I hate shopping :C
     
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Its not matter if you unlock or no, 6950 worth the money in both cases.
Not if I already have a 5870 where I could buy another one and have more performance while shelling out less money for a single card if I didn't really want to 'upgrade' to a different card.

My point is, if I'm going to upgrade, I want to upgrade to the fastest card out there currently. The 6950's are fast yes, but I'd rather have a 6970 than a 6950. I'd rather have a GTX 580 than a 6970...

However, I'd rather have 2x 6950's unlocked to 6970's to save me an extra $160+ lol


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Just a word of caution, watch yourself if you get the 6950 and unlock it to a 6970, there are reports of cards starting to die from it now. (From what I hear it it because the ram used in both cards are different.)

You can still unlock the shaders for the 6950, but I wouldn't personally overclock it to the 6970 settings.

I just unlocked the shaders and OC'd mine to 840/1375 to be safe.
Where did your source come from? I've read so many thread and visited a lot of forums and so far everybody have successfully flashed to 6970 w/o any problems, except for ATI Tool. Other than that, problem was easily solve and 6950 have been running 6970 spec + w/o issues.
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Where did your source come from? I've read so many thread and visited a lot of forums and so far everybody have successfully flashed to 6970 w/o any problems, except for ATI Tool. Other than that, problem was easily solve and 6950 have been running 6970 spec + w/o issues.
+1. I've not heard/read of anyone's card having problems due to being unlocked
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Where did your source come from? I've read so many thread and visited a lot of forums and so far everybody have successfully flashed to 6970 w/o any problems, except for ATI Tool. Other than that, problem was easily solve and 6950 have been running 6970 spec + w/o issues.
If you dont keep temps under control it could happens. For anyone that unlocks dont use stock fan profile. I tried to play Crysis with stock fan profil and it only got to 44% and temps was 87C and i crashed. Put fan profile one @ 67C 55% fan speed and for hours.
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