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Should I buy a gtx 560 or unlock a 6950 to a 6970? Is it really worth the $50? How stable is the unlock? Any warranty issues? How does power consumption and heat of an unlocked 6950 compare to a 560?
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I would buy the 6950. Unlock shader or flash to 6970 and you have Gtx 570 performance.

The 560 is $250, 6950 1gb is $260, 6950 2gb is $280.
    
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From the sounds of it though, there is no guarantee that your 6950 you buy will flash to 6970 performance

You probably still have a chance, but not a great chance now, unless they can guarantee it to you
     
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Probably GTX560 will run cooler and OC more but HD 6950 is already faster. I can get my HD 6950 (HD 6970 unlocked) to 1Ghz with 1.35v but it need high fan speeds which is no ideal for 24/7.
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i was wondering the same thing but im sure it voids your warranty and the performance isnt extreme enough for the risk go with 560 and overclock it
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Probably GTX560 will run cooler and OC more but HD 6950 is already faster. I can get my HD 6950 (HD 6970 unlocked) to 1Ghz with 1.35v but it need high fan speeds which is no ideal for 24/7.
Both hit around 1ghz.
The 6950 has a lower stock clock though, so the % overclock will be higher.

Anyway, unlock or not, the 6950 is faster than the GTX560. IMO, it isn't worth $50 more though. $20 at most.
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Both hit around 1ghz.
The 6950 has a lower stock clock though, so the % overclock will be higher.

Anyway, unlock or not, the 6950 is faster than the GTX560. IMO, it isn't worth $50 more though. $20 at most.
You also get the option for more then 2 cards, better at higher resolution and ifs a fact that CF HD 6950 walks with GTX570s.
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post #8 of 13
Don't buy the 6950 with the intention to unlock.

Personally, I would go with a gtx 560. They run cooler, and have better coolers on them for overclocking. Not to mention, it is a cheaper card, so that's more money in your pocket.
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Don't buy the 6950 with the intention to unlock.

Personally, I would go with a gtx 560. They run cooler, and have better coolers on them for overclocking. Not to mention, it is a cheaper card, so that's more money in your pocket.
The reference GTX560 runs cooler than the reference 6950 because it has a more capable cooler.

As far as power consumption is concerned, the GTX560 uses more power than the 6950.
If you are familiar with the law of conservation... ?

It isn't hard to find 6950s with non-reference coolers.
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Review on youtube showed a oced 560 beats a 6970, timetolivecustoms is the guy.
    
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