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I want to flash a 6970 bios on the 6950 I buy but I heard some of the newer ones might not allow that. Which brands are the best?

I'll be upgrading from a 4870 512MB edition. I play on 1920x1200. I hope it's a worthwhile update!
post #2 of 24
None are the best. The reference 2GB cards are all identical, and all have pretty much the same chance to unlock.

Reference cards look like this. Just get whichever one is cheaper, and buy whatever brand you like more/offers the best warranty. MSI offers 3 years, I know most other manufacturers like Sapphire and PowerColor only offer 2 year so that is something to consider.
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MSI, Asus and Sapphire are my personal fav ATI brands, all offer unlocked 6950's I believe.

Don't trust XFX's warranty
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Neokolzia View Post
MSI, Asus and Sapphire are my personal fav ATI brands, all offer unlocked 6950's I believe.

Don't trust XFX's warranty
Yea forgot to add that. XFX is the only brand I wouldn't buy.



As you can see they put VOID IF REMOVED stickers on the back of the card, so if you want to change coolers or even change thermal paste you void the warranty. Not a single other manufacturer puts those on the cards Plus it's more expensive than the others so no point to buy it in the first place.
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Some brands are switching over to a version 2, which may not allow the BIOS flash. In order to get version 1, get a HIS from amazon or newegg. I got mine 3 weeks back and they were version 1.
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Removing the stickers on the back of the XFX cards voids the warrany worldwire except for North America. If you live in Canada or the United States, you can contact XFX Support and they will tell you that you can remove them.

XFX's warranty is mod-friendly!
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post #7 of 24
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I would usually get an Asus since that is what my 4870 card was but they are not on sale or have a rebate.

I was looking at MSI but it looks like they reject a lot of people's rebates.

I'm looking at possibly getting a Sapphire.
post #8 of 24
I always buy reference when I purchase graphics cards. Why? Because it will probably give me less issues and better quality.

Also, go for Sapphire.

No, I'm not a fanboy. It's simply teh best. Avoid XFX though.
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I'd go w/ Asus or MSI, those two use P/N RMA I know for sure. Not certain if Sapphire also use P/N system.
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Don't have an issue with my XFX card. To each his/her own I guess....
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