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hey guys. Im ignorant when it comes to ati/amd cards.

Im looking to get my hands on 2x 6950's and flashing them to 6970's. which cards have the best sucess rate of this?

can anyone recommend just the all around best 6950 out there?
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I just bought and msi from newegg. it's 245 after rebate. It took the 6970 bios like a champ. The reference cards should all be the same, so look at price and warranty.

Techpowerup has been logging unlock success rates and all are pretty high. Scroll down.
    
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I just bought and msi from newegg. it's 245 after rebate. It took the 6970 bios like a champ. The reference cards should all be the same, so look at price and warranty.

Techpowerup has been logging unlock success rates and all are pretty high. Scroll down.
thank you thats exactly what i was looking for.

let me ask you this, what about non-reference cards? can those flash over to 6970 too? or is it just safer to get the reference card?
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hey guys. Im ignorant when it comes to ati/amd cards.

Im looking to get my hands on 2x 6950's and flashing them to 6970's. which cards have the best sucess rate of this?

can anyone recommend just the all around best 6950 out there?
I also bought the Reference 2 GB MSI 6950s and they unlocked with no problem.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-555-_-Product

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The ref cards are >95% unlock. I've heard that some of the nonref cards will unlock, but the ref cards have the dual bios which is awesome if a flash goes wrong.

Definitely get a ref card.
    
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ok thanx alot guys. +rep
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