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About to buy this card to replace my 4870x2. I want to unlock it to 6970 shaders and clocks. Good choice?
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yep that card should work nicely for you
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just FYI, unlock can kill the card or brick it, i think there are a few who have unlocked ones from various companies and ended with them going dead
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I picked one up a few weeks ago. Unlocked the shaders with the mod. 6950 bios like a charm. overclocks really well at stock volts up to 900mhz, I seem to hit a wall after that. great card though!
    
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what is the chance of bricking the card? are the performance differences b/t unlocked and overclocked 6950 on par with the 6970?
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Originally Posted by PCSarge View Post
just FYI, unlock can kill the card or brick it, i think there are a few who have unlocked ones from various companies and ended with them going dead
If you followed the instances here and at tpu, only one person continued to claim they had an actual brick. Ppl often have a hard time getting the card flashed right, or have little experience with the new cards claim them to be defective, etc. Later they realize it was a user issue, like those who blamed the crashing in BF2 to the flash when it was an AB/PB issue. In rare situations, the cards are not kosher with shaders enabled, and I've only read of a few. But again, who can confirm that it's actually true?

I've flashed 4 cards and gotten 4 unlocks, personally myself.

OP, I suggest you buy from Amazon if you're going to attempt flashing since they have superb return policies.
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I have a Sapphire 6950 that I flashed with the Modded BIOS (Stock memory Voltage, unlocked shaders), and it works wonderfully. Not a single problem, and running 950Mhz@1.25 Volts, and 1375Mhz Memory.
    
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Just ordered it from Newegg! Thanks for the input guys

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