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Does anyone else know that flashing a 6950 to a 6970 bios instead of just a modded 6950 bios can and will damage the card due to voltages? Turns out the 6970 bios tries to run the ram at the wrong voltage and eventually will kill the card. Hope I'm not just re stating something already old news, but I'm posting just in case.
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What are you on?
The memory chips are identical with 6970 but that 6950 occasionally ends up with the slower counterpart.

Stop making up/taking up someones rumors.
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mine has been flashed for a month and i bench almost everyday ... Runs beautiful .

This only apply's to some of the unlucky ones .. i guess its a risk you got to take when flashing ur card ..
    
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The fact that it UNLOCKS cores when you run a different bios on it, pretty much tells me that the physical chip is the exact same thing on a 6970. I'm pretty sure the memory is the same as well.
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The sky is falling... again?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by L36;12084139 
What are you on?
The memory chips are identical with 6970 but that 6950 occasionally ends up with the slower counterpart.

Stop making up/taking up someones rumors.

1. This isn't a rumor, though it might not happen with ALL unlocks
2. It might not be the memory, but something's getting too much voltage. To restate, "The 6970 bios apparently, according to several people on YouTube etc, runs some components at the wrong voltage. In any case, some unlocks caused artifacting etc within weeks. I heard it might be the ram."
3. I'm not on anything. No one forced you to read this, I posted just because I know some people are counting on an unlock. As I tweak CPU's 90% of my time I don't know as much about gfx cards, but it definitely has caused some problems with unlocking. Anyway I thought it was worth getting out on OCN *just in case*.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by railfan844;12084825 
1. This isn't a rumor, though it might not happen with ALL unlocks
2. It might not be the memory, but something's getting too much voltage. To restate, "The 6970 bios apparently, according to several people on YouTube etc, runs some components at the wrong voltage. In any case, some unlocks caused artifacting etc within weeks. I heard it might be the ram."
3. I'm not on anything. No one forced you to read this, I posted just because I know some people are counting on an unlock. As I tweak CPU's 90% of my time I don't know as much about gfx cards, but it definitely has caused some problems with unlocking. Anyway I thought it was worth getting out on OCN *just in case*.

1. Without proof, it's a rumor, show proof and we won't call it a rumor.
2. Unlocks causing artifacts? Really now? I never would have guessed attempting to use lower binned parts at higher than rated speeds would cause issues!
3. Anyone "counting" on an unlock is an idiot, enough said. You can't pay for something and expect more than what you paid for (Pay for 6950 and EXPECT a 6970)

Side note though, I read your title (which was a statement), then you asked a question for clarification on the statement you just made and then again reiterate the original statement in your next sentence.

I kinda understand why people think you're on something. wink.gif
    
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post #9 of 26
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I'm sure several of you already saw this one:
http://www.overclock.net/ati/919230-6950-flash-reported-damage.html

And here's another one:
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1576727

And check out the highest rated comments on this video:
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvp5-SlV1Q0[/ame]
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First of all, this thread title reads like a Fox News article.

But yes, several people (not a stampede, more like 2 or 3) have reported getting their cards bricked after the flash, i.e., permanent artifacting.

Word on the Internet (tm) is that the 6970 memory voltage runs at 100mv more voltage and the 6970 memory chips are rated to run at higher speed.

I don't think there is a reason random forum users would lie about getting their cards bricked.

And I think it is certainly plausible, since one or both of my cards doesn't like the 6970 flash at all, and other reports have trickled of people saying "well it ran fine x days/weeks but started artifacting."

Personally I am just running the 6950 shader unlock. With the sad OC performance scaling of these cards, there is not much point in running the higher clocks anyway.
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