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Did this used to have pics?

Kindof a bummer there's so little gain to be gotten by unlocking. When I unlocked my 465's to 470's I gained about 25% performance. Of course, the % of shaders unlocked was much higher, plus it also widened the bus from 256 to 320-bit and added 256MB of ram.
Yes, I took down the site that was hosting them but forgot to move them first. I'll have them back up soon.
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Yes, I took down the site that was hosting them but forgot to move them first. I'll have them back up soon.
Images in OP are back. Sorry!
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Any interest on CFX scaling benches with shaders on/off?
That would be primo, but it looks like you have a 580 now. I've been thinking about selling my 6950's and going 580 SLI, was there a noticeable difference switching to a 580?
    
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That would be primo, but it looks like you have a 580 now. I've been thinking about selling my 6950's and going 580 SLI, was there a noticeable difference switching to a 580?
I haven't had much of a chance to play anything since I switched. The 6950 CFX was far more than I needed, but somehow still left me with wanting more. I plan on adding a 2nd 580 for SLI soon.
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The 6950 CFX was far more than I needed, but somehow still left me with wanting more. I plan on adding a 2nd 580 for SLI soon.
That's exactly how I feel at the moment. My 6950's have exceeded my expectations except in a couple of games but like you, I want more now. I think I will wait till AMD and Nvidia release their new line of GPU's before I upgrade.
    
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Glad I found this thread.

This is interesting 3% is actually a decent result.

I currently run my cards at 1.100v and 875/1325
Overdrive disabled and powertuner should be off too.

Would be nice run shaders unlocked and same vcore and speeds as above.

I may try unlocking both cards as they already have unlocked bios from factory(dual bios cards).

EDIT---> Other reviews Ive read only show 1fps difference, hard to tell if worth taking out cards and switch BIOS, too bad there are no pictures in this review.
Edited by grandpatzer - 9/15/11 at 12:47pm
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I may try unlocking both cards as they already have unlocked bios from factory(dual bios cards).

EDIT---> hard to tell if worth taking out cards and switch BIOS, too bad there are no pictures in this review.
Why would you have to take the cards out ?

The BIOS switch on the Dirt edition is in a difficult poisition to see and flip with your finger, but it's still at the top and you shouldn't have to remove the cards ... just SAVE the original BIOS first (w/ GPU-Z or ?), then shut off your computer system, flip the switches, and then reboot up ... and find out if your cards unlocked the shaders or not.

   
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Why would you have to take the cards out ?

The BIOS switch on the Dirt edition is in a difficult poisition to see and flip with your finger, but it's still at the top and you shouldn't have to remove the cards ... just SAVE the original BIOS first (w/ GPU-Z or ?), then shut off your computer system, flip the switches, and then reboot up ... and find out if your cards unlocked the shaders or not.

Will do, never used RBE or whatever the bios editor name is, but I guess I can see in that if the BIOS supports 1536 shaders.

I mean it's possible neither BIOS is "UNLOCKED" so I need to modify even after switch to try get 1536shaders.

If one of my cards unlock shaders my bet is that I get slight advantage over 2x 1456shader cards with 1x 1456 +1x 1536shaders.
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Will do, never used RBE or whatever the bios editor name is, but I guess I can see in that if the BIOS supports 1536 shaders.
I mean it's possible neither BIOS is "UNLOCKED" so I need to modify even after switch to try get 1536shaders.
If one of my cards unlock shaders my bet is that I get slight advantage over 2x 1456shader cards with 1x 1456 +1x 1536shaders.
IF the Sapphire DIRT card is like the Sapphire TOXIC card, then follow these steps ...

- SAVE your current GPU BIOS, using either TriXX or GPU-Z, w/ Xfire I guess I'd save each card's BIOS and name them differently ?

- Power off your Computer.

- FLIP the Switch on CARD #1 ... leave card #2 stock for now (I think would be best way to try this ? I only had 1 card, not Xfire ?). Position 1 should have been closest to BACK PLATE of card, when you FLIP switch to BIOS/shader UnLock position 2 should be toward Power connectors.

- Turn Computer back on and boot up.

- Check TriXX &/or CPU-Z for SHADER increase.

- IF still 1408 shaders, SORRY that card is LOCKED ... IF 1536 shaders Woo Hoo UN-LOCKED !

- Now power down again, and do the same thing for Card #2.

None of this should require you to remove the cards out of your system to do this, and no FLASHING of the card yet. At least this was what I did for my TOXIC, and it unlocked the Shaders ... NOW, if this doesn't unlock one or either of the cards THEN you can try the FLASH unlocking steps I suppose ?
   
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IF the Sapphire DIRT card is like the Sapphire TOXIC card, then follow these steps ...

- SAVE your current GPU BIOS, using either TriXX or GPU-Z, w/ Xfire I guess I'd save each card's BIOS and name them differently ?

- Power off your Computer.

- FLIP the Switch on CARD #1 ... leave card #2 stock for now (I think would be best way to try this ? I only had 1 card, not Xfire ?). Position 1 should have been closest to BACK PLATE of card, when you FLIP switch to BIOS/shader UnLock position 2 should be toward Power connectors.

- Turn Computer back on and boot up.

- Check TriXX &/or CPU-Z for SHADER increase.

- IF still 1408 shaders, SORRY that card is LOCKED ... IF 1536 shaders Woo Hoo UN-LOCKED !

- Now power down again, and do the same thing for Card #2.

None of this should require you to remove the cards out of your system to do this, and no FLASHING of the card yet. At least this was what I did for my TOXIC, and it unlocked the Shaders ... NOW, if this doesn't unlock one or either of the cards THEN you can try the FLASH unlocking steps I suppose ?
good post rep given.

yes it makes sense, I believe this Dirt3 card does not come with shader unlock BIOS, well actually some report it has some report needs flashing.

I'm not comfortable with atiwinflash obviously it's possible to flash both cards using flash slot 0 and flash slot 1 commands but maybe as a beginner I'm better off just taking one card out before eventual flash.
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