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I sent in my Sapphire 2GB 5870 EyeFinity 6 Edition, and I was promised a 2GB 6950 in return since it was my 2nd replacement.

I have been doing some reading of some review of the GPU (Dec. articles) and it seems it's a very modest "improvement" over the 5870...Even the 1Gb.

Is it the drivers?...again?

Is there still potential to be unlocked?

Even if I flash it to a 6970 ( I won't right away) it seems that it would only get about 10fps or so.

Input?
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You get just as much improvement (like 1 fps difference) from a 6970 flash and an overclock on the 6950. They are pretty much the same since you had the 2GB 5870, just OC it then you will have a more powerful card.
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Did you send the 5870 2 GB due to issues with it? Just clarifying.

I think raw performance, they are almost comparable. But I will say that 6950 may do better with DX11 stuff, scales better with crossfire and will be more suitable with future driver updates.
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There really isnt much of a difference from the 58760 2gb to the 6950 2gb at all. The 6950 does have better tessellation but its still a good deal.
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I sent it back because it originally had this buzzing noise emitting in 3D apps.

The replacement had the fan rumbling + buzzing sound.

Had the PSU replaced.

And still the same issue.

Contacted RMA and they are willing to replace it with a 6950 2GB.

Thanks for the input guys
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What you sent it back for was Coil Whine which is perfectly normal especially in the Menus of most games. I get Coil Whine in the Menu of Crysis & Stalkers & some other games but goes away in game.

Most likely your 6950 will have coil whine also. Its very common but its not a defect
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yeah the whine happens in psu's aswell under load

Also unlocking it is not recommended by some people as the 6970 has a 6+8pin power requirement but the 6950 has 6+6
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Shader unlocking seem safe. You use the 6950 bios itself and mod it to unlock shaders.

As for 6970 bios being unsafe for 6950, I wonder the guys who bricked their card were overclocking the snot out of the 6950 after unlocking. My little brain thinks 6950 at 6970 stock bios (or mild overclock) should be just fine. But if you start messing wth it thinking it got the 6970 internals, it may brick on you. Just a guess.
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What you sent it back for was Coil Whine which is perfectly normal especially in the Menus of most games. I get Coil Whine in the Menu of Crysis & Stalkers & some other games but goes away in game.

Most likely your 6950 will have coil whine also. Its very common but its not a defect
The fact that it happens at all is not normal. The fact that coil whine happens a lot has become normal.
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Well it was doing it even in the Menus and it was louder in-game.

Plus, the fan unit kept on making a rumbling sound.

So hopefully Althon Micro keeps their promise about sending me a 6950.
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