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Unlock my 6950 right away? Full unlock or shaders only?

Poll Results: What should I do with my new 6950

 
  • 47% (20)
    Unlock to 6970 right away
  • 42% (18)
    Unlock the shaders ONLY, then OC
  • 2% (1)
    Just OC that bad boy, dont risk the unlocking
  • 7% (3)
    Wait a while for more info/stats on unlocking it...
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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Getting my new 6950 2maro. I need to know what I should do....


On a side note, theres no way to keep my 4870 in there for Physx or anything similar is there? I kno physx is Nvidia, but just curious is there is any reason to keep the classic or sell.
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post #2 of 23
You can keep your old card for a backup but obviously it won't provide Physx or anything tongue.gif
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post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
hmm.. wish it would. thanks for the vote.
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post #4 of 23
A friends' card was fully unlocked to a 6970 but artifacted. Then I read somewhere that the 6970 and a 6950 uses different binned GDDR chips (so as its timings and max clock). We unlocked the shaders only then it worked fine! So I'd suggest unlocking only the shaders then overclocking it.

We haven't tried adjusting the powertune after though..
post #5 of 23
Hands down for shaders only, keeps the voltage control.

EDIT: 700th post. wheee.gif
Edited by Davidsen - 3/23/11 at 8:30am
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post #6 of 23
Flash that bad boy to a 6970 and then overclock it. 2X Sapph cards here and both working just fine at stock voltage at 950/1450. Just turn up that PowerTune setting to +20% in CCC and voila. With 2 bios it's not a big deal. So what if it artifacted? Flash it back and RMA if need be. The above posters friend had a bad card. Full flashes seem to be working fine 99% of the time.
    
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post #7 of 23
Zero benefit to full 6970 bios, but there could be consequences if your memory can't handle the speed.

Shader unlock and overclock yourself.
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post #8 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by compudaze;12838561 
Zero benefit to full 6970 bios, but there could be consequences if your memory can't handle the speed.

Shader unlock and overclock yourself.

My RAM can do 1500Mhz with HD 6970 bios and cant do more then 1300Mhz with stock bios.
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post #9 of 23
ALthough I have no opinion about the unlocking....

How about keeping your 4870 for folding, if you do that sort of thing?
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post #10 of 23
Unlock it, then OC the bad boy. thats what I did with mine and they are AWESOME! @ 950/1450
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