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Hey guys just wanted to share some information with you.

There have been some rumors about AMD now crippling newer branches of the 6950 to preven them from being unlocked.

It has not yet been clear if there will be a physical change of the cards themselves (laser cutting) or software measures for example the inhibition of 3D capability.

I found this in a German article regarding the PCS++ 6950.
We all know the 6950 PCS++ comes already factory 6970 BIOS which is all included in the warranty.
Since AMD does not permit the unlock due to (Quote :"Not guaranteed normal function and possible mailfunction or damage over long term") it begs the question what Power Color will do if a card is damaged?
Will they replace that card with a new PCS++?
This seems impossible because the production of the PCS++ 6950 is bound to be discontinued shortly.

Here the links:
PCS ++ limited life expectancy: http://ht4u.net/news/23258_powercolo...benserwartung/
In conclusion this link concerns the fact that AMD is against the unlock and PCS++ featuring a factory 6970 BIOS.
They claim that they only want the user to have a save way to test new BIOS´ still they want to stress that the BIOS flash and unlock is still strongly discouraged due to possible card failure and unstable behavior, and that if the user still has the intention of doing it the warranty will be voided.


AMD´s reaction to the unlocks:http://ht4u.net/news/23170_amd_nimmt...adeon_hd_6950/
Here AMD clearly states that the warranty will be voided if the 6950 is being flashed toa 6970 or BIOS is unlocked due to guaranteed mailfunction or cardfailure of such actions.
Also they have been asked multiple times what they intend to do to prevent further unlocks in the future with newer branches of 6950´s and already purchased one.
No clear statement has been made regarding this question at this point.
But we can be certain that something will happen to either only inhibit newly purchased 6950´s from unlocking or already purchesed and owned ones too.

So be aware!

The links are both in german unfortunetly but you can use the translator or just ask me if you did not understand something
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Correction: 6950 unlock WAS stopped
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yeah, kinda older news, but the insane popularity (or apparent popularity) of the 6950 may secretly change AMDs mind. i mean come on, they HAVE to discourage it so noobs dont go crying when they get GSoD and BSoD.... havnt had any problems myself and I OC the crap outta my unlocked card.
stories about unlocks boost sales. and AMD knows it.
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Correction: 6950 unlock WAS stopped
How and when was it stopped? I got an MSI 6950 two weeks ago and it unlocked. Asus is sending me a reference 6950 for a failed 4870x2, and I plan on unlocking it. Details please
    
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There's still a ton of unlockable 6950s out there.

This is also very old news.
Edited by Stefy - 4/14/11 at 6:56am
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This is not only about all the 6950.
It is about the contradiction Power Color has created.

They feature their 6950 with a 6970 BIOS and warranty.
The most common misconception is that they still do not want you to flash to that 6970 BIOS and if you do so your warranty will be voided.

AMD informed them not to enable customers of the unlock after they had already sold multiple products with the 6970 BIOS under warranty.
To prevent legal issues they just say that the BIOS is only there for testing and if the customer flashes to that BIOS the warranty will still be voided.

Lol kinda.
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Quote:
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There's still a ton of unlockable 6950s out there.

This is also very old news.
yep yep.
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Now I'm not getting one :/
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Now I'm not getting one :/
Your loss.
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Now I'm not getting one :/
If you order one right now it will probably be unlockable. But the fact that your rockin a 250 prob means you weren't going to spend a couple hundred bucks on a vga anyways.
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