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Beyond the fact that the Powercolor site still shows the press release stating that it fully unlocks the shaders, there actually are several reviews that explicitly demonstrate it. Including one iirc that actually shows performance metrics between both shader numbers.
The problem is that the reviewers don't typically use retail boards (especially in advance of retail sale units) and in this case it seems something changed from engineering sample to retail units.

One can repeat that PC said this or that, etc. but the fact is some users are reporting back that their cards don't unlock shaders at all.
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The problem is that the reviewers don't typically use retail boards (especially in advance of retail sale units) and in this case it seems something changed from engineering sample to retail units.

One can repeat that PC said this or that, etc. but the fact is some users are reporting back that their cards don't unlock shaders at all.
Again I ask ... can someone try what blkdoutgsxr stated to see if that does the trick?

He stated he was given the instructions by PowerColor.




As far as not using retail boards, I suspect that is correct in many situations. However a few new reviews cropped up. For example, http://www.kitguru.net/components/gr...w-dual-action/ was likely using a retail card given the timeline, and the pics they included. They posted it earlier today.







Seems like a retail box.
Edited by Raistlin_HT - 3/3/11 at 12:46pm
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I like the looks of that... ill post when I test it tomorrow. didn't mean to scare. but was looking to see if someone had ran into this so I could.order another one with ease of mind
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Better safe than sorry. Unfortunately it's still up in the air whether there is a resolution for this.

I know people from other forums that are having this problem, and so far the solution isn't working. At least PowerColor seems to be talking to people. There is some discussion on facebook regarding the issue: http://www.facebook.com/PowerColor.Europe

They seem to think it should work so hopefully it's just a matter of getting the details set.
Edited by Raistlin_HT - 3/3/11 at 2:49pm
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Shennanigans I tell you.
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May I say why I think it doesn't really unlock? Just think about the 6970 sales compared to the 6950. People were purchasing the 6950 and flashing it instead of going with the 6970. And as AMD is going to release a revision to prevent unlocking(?), PowerColor start to advertise their card that comes with an unlocked bios. AMD already lost money because of this issue and now other companies start advertising it as a FEATURE on their cards. I'm sure this is the reason why it does that. I could be wrong but it's the most plausible thing I can think.
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May I say why I think it doesn't really unlock? Just think about the 6970 sales compared to the 6950. People were purchasing the 6950 and flashing it instead of going with the 6970. And as AMD is going to release a revision to prevent unlocking(?), PowerColor start to advertise their card that comes with an unlocked bios. AMD already lost money because of this issue and now other companies start advertising it as a FEATURE on their cards. I'm sure this is the reason why it does that. I could be wrong but it's the most plausible thing I can think.
But why? They gain A LOT of sales by people unlocking. People choosing it over the GTX products by far, without unlocking, 6950s wouldn't sell as good.
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Th314st0ne,

Except that their customer service states it should work and is working on the solution
Edited by Raistlin_HT - 3/3/11 at 6:03pm
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on the techpowerup thread on this issue people who talked to powecolor tech support say in fact that the shaders SHOULD BE UNLOCKED with the 880 setting & that reinstalling drivers maybe needed for each bio's setting & that they are looking into the issue.

thread : http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=141262

edit: quote froma powercolor rep on the powercolor facebook page on a contest giving away cards:

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We have the winners for the Show us some Love competition!
Renata Banowska will get our PCS+ HD6970 for the pic most voted
Mark Leo Cabalda gets our PCS++ HD6950 with dual Bios (full shadders enabled) for the most original pic
Guys please email : promotion at powercolor.com.tw with your details

Edited by scooby609 - 3/3/11 at 6:27pm
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But why? They gain A LOT of sales by people unlocking. People choosing it over the GTX products by far, without unlocking, 6950s wouldn't sell as good.
Maybe, but during the time it was there the only competitor that rivaled the card was actually..well...the 560ti took a while before showing itself up, the 570 is against the 6970, the 470 is an old gen which wasn't reduced in price and the 460 which was against the 68XX. Of course it helped selling this card greatly, in detriment to the 6970 which in turn got low sales comparatively to the 6950. but if PowerColor says it can be unlocked it should. Maybe AMD just made it more tricky to actually unlock.
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