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DO HD6950 really unlocks to a ACTUAL HD6970??

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do it really unlocks to a 6970? like shaders,clock speeds,memory..and all other stuffs? or just some* features of the 6970 cuz i have seen 6970s with 1 6pin and 1 8pin connector where as 6950s have 2 6pin connectors.....

isn't AMD banged a SLEDGEHAMMER to their legs cuz it will affect the HD6990 sales? right
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some reviews says its a full unlock.. and some says its only 15-25% increase in performance.
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some 6950s can unlock to a 6970 if the extra cores are stable. you can then overclock the card to 6970 speeds or above and you have a 6970. its not guaranteed that the 6950 will unlock, or that it will be stable, but it is a fairly common thing around these boards. even if it doesnt unlock, the 6950 is still a strong card.

because the 6950 has 6 pin connectors, it is true the card cannot draw as much power as a true 6970, which could limit some top-end performance or overclocking, but if the unlock does work, you still get an increase in performance for free.
    
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As said above, if it does unlock it'll be a fully 6970; if it doesn't, it'll stay a 6950 - no room between. Having only 2x6Pin instead of 1x6&1x8 may limit OCing on weak PSUs, but on decent power supplies it shouldn't make any difference as they can go over the rated power/PCIe-pin.
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You will probably have voltage problems, when it comes to overclocking.
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