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Hey guys i'm kinda a overclock noob and i'm new to the forums but heres my question. If you look at the item number and pictures on newegg you will see that there are 2 versions of the 6950 one has the fan in the middle and one doesn't. I have heard things on other forums that the companies are saying you can't flash the new version to unlock 6970 shaders. Can anyone confirm this? Also does anyone know the changes in other than the fan location?

Thanks in advance guys
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Any reference version (the fans at the end) will unlock. Idk if the XFX references do, but I know for a fact sapphire asus and gigabyte unlock.
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post #3 of 44
there are also 2b and 1gb versions
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o yea the 1GB versions will not flash! buy a 2GB reference version!
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post #5 of 44
Most (majority) of 2GB versions with dual bios switches (reference design) will unlock. I learned the hard way, stay away from the 1GB versions and custom cooled ones.
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stay away from the 1GB versions and custom cooled ones.
Unless of course you play at 1080p or lower (and don't crank up the AA) or need to save some cash and unlocking isn't a concern the 1Gb model is still a pretty good card for around $200-220.
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Unless of course you play at 1080p or lower (and don't crank up the AA) or need to save some cash and unlocking isn't a concern the 1Gb model is still a pretty good card for around $200-220.
not worth it then, when the 2GB is only a little bit more money.
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post #8 of 44
Agreed,

Bought a Gigabyte 2GB last week: it unlocks fine
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Any reference version (the fans at the end) will unlock. Idk if the XFX references do, but I know for a fact sapphire asus and gigabyte unlock.
They do. Well the 2Gb version does. I have 2!
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not worth it then, the 560ti beat it.
Disagree unless you show proof.
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