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H20 cooling a XFX 6950?

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I have called frozenpc and they informed me they have nothing for it. Is there a watercooled kit or block that will work on an XFX 2gb 6950? I was going to get a 6970 but the guy at Fry's convinced me that the 6950 was plenty and it could be flashed to a 6970 since it is a 1st gen model before AMD changed them. I plan to get another card later for crossfire and want to water cool at that time. He said that I could flash it to 6970 then get another 6970 later and that would work fine. So did I screw up getting th e6950?

I have read a lot of threads saying how their 6950's had issues after the flash and I am a little reluctant to do it. The 6970 is still a different card, they do not have the exact same boards from the picutres I saw.
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koolance has version 1 and 2, ek has a waterblock, swiftech has a waterblock, aquagrafx has a waterblock, dangerden has a waterblock. dangerden's site has blocks, sidewindercomputers.com, performance-pcs.com, etc.

6950s are very good cards. alot can be flashed and being flashed vs being oc with unlocked shaders comes out to being pretty close in the fps department.
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Forzenpc said that koolance has one for the 6970 that may fit a referenced card but that I should call them so I did. Koolance then said that they do not have anythign specif and would need to see a picture of the bare board. So that means I have to take it apart tonight just to take a picture whic I rather not do since I think it has adhesive in various places on the board where the cover comes into contact with it, correct? Wont that mess up trying to reinstall the cover? I have never done this before so I dont know for sure.

I know a bunch of companies make WB's but i have not seen any that say they work on 6950's specifically. Arctic makes a tripple fan system for the 6950, but I dont think that will work as well.


Would say OC'ing is a better way to go or just do the flash? It is easy to revert back to the original bios if something goes wrong with the switch right?

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Originally Posted by soilentblue View Post
koolance has version 1 and 2, ek has a waterblock, swiftech has a waterblock, aquagrafx has a waterblock, dangerden has a waterblock. dangerden's site has blocks, sidewindercomputers.com, performance-pcs.com, etc.

6950s are very good cards. alot can be flashed and being flashed vs being oc with unlocked shaders comes out to being pretty close in the fps department.
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You should overclock the 6950 and do a shader unlock. the problems that people have been having with artifacts after flashing with 6970 bios is often permanent from the RAM running at the wrong timings for the type of ram that the 6950 has pushing them too hard and causing permanent physical damage.

What model number is the card? Then we can see if it is the original card or a newer style which is neither unlockable and may not even be the same board layout as the reference AMD boards. The reference AMD boards that you can unlock have a black PCB with "AMD" on the bottom, so you can see it in stock images of the card you're ordering.
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Here is a pic of the box. If I can do the unlock shaders and OC can you point me to the right set of instruction to do it with to make it like a 6970?


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You should overclock the 6950 and do a shader unlock. the problems that people have been having with artifacts after flashing with 6970 bios is often permanent from the RAM running at the wrong timings for the type of ram that the 6950 has pushing them too hard and causing permanent physical damage.

What model number is the card? Then we can see if it is the original card or a newer style which is neither unlockable and may not even be the same board layout as the reference AMD boards. The reference AMD boards that you can unlock have a black PCB with "AMD" on the bottom, so you can see it in stock images of the card you're ordering.

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