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What brand hd6950 should i buy if i want to flash to hd6970 for Max OC?

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As the title states "What brand hd6950 should i buy if i want to flash to hd6970 for Max OC?"

Plus i understand that I HAVE TO buy a 2gb hd5950 am i correct?

If so i have these choices from newegg
what would be easiest to oc or are they all the same since they are referenced?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-914-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-518-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-416-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-355-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-384-_-Product
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Those are all the same "reference" card.

Pick the one with the best warranty and go for it.
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Any brand 6950 would unlock. But in terms of Customer service, warranty and such stuff ASUS or a Sapphire are some of the better options.
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but doesn't flashing to a 6970 void the warranty?
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I wouldn't say every one will unlock,most early ones have unlocked successfully but that doesn't mean they all will.There was a new thread created yesterday I think that shows a Powercooler Non-reference card that unlocks.Unlocking would not violatea warranty generally because it has a dual-bios,you would just return the card to "stock" condition first.
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post #6 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by amurph0 View Post
but doesn't flashing to a 6970 void the warranty?
Technically, yes. But these cards have dual bios so you can almost always restore the original bios before returning the card for service.
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post #7 of 8
I got the Asus brand of 6950 2GB version... The shroud is made out of aluminum...not plastic... and warrant is based on the serial number of the video card(better resellability IMO)....

but that is just my 2 cents
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Quote:
Originally Posted by amurph0 View Post
but doesn't flashing to a 6970 void the warranty?
yes but because of the BIOS switch it can be recovered if something goes wrong.
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