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Is this HD 6950 unlockable?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-393-_-Product

Its not a reference model but PowerColor's PCS++ model is unlockable.. so how about this one?
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I wouldnt bet on it unlocking, everything I read up on 6950 2gbs before actually purchasing one myself say No, it wont unlock but thats purely my opinion, wish i can help you.
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It appears that the card does not have a BIOS switch.
Flashing on a single BIOS card is extremely dangerous because if the BIOS fails the card is garbage.
So no ...this one should not be unlockable.

http://www.powercolor.com/Global/pro...#Specification
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Originally Posted by Kung Pow View Post
It appears that the card does not have a BIOS switch.
Flashing on a single BIOS card is extremely dangerous because if the BIOS fails the card is garbage.
So no ...this one should not be unlockable.

http://www.powercolor.com/Global/pro...#Specification
If the flash fails you have to use another card to flash the bricked card back or blind flash it..it's not garbage though
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Hm, so what's more valuable? An extra fan or the chance to flash into a 6970?
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Hm, so what's more valuable? An extra fan or the chance to flash into a 6970?
The shaders..you can always water cool or add aftermarket cooling later.
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If the flash fails you have to use another card to flash the bricked card back or blind flash it..it's not garbage though
Yeah but you have to do it manually!
And I strongly doubt the OP know how to do that?


I got some info on the PCS++.
A german review http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/g...n-hd-6950-pcs/

Use translator or me you don´t understand everything.

Basically it says that PC is including the BIOS flash in the warranty after all.
Then you have some performance benchmarks showing how well the fully flashed PCS++ does.

And in the end they show OC results.
They say that the 6970 BIOS of the PCS++ inhibits them from reaching a higher core than 941 MHZ on the other hand the Memory clock goes up to 2.900 + ...so that is cool^^

For further questions just visit my "6950 unlock stopped?" thread I will post it there again with more details
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post #8 of 11
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The PCS++ doesn't seem to be a good deal for me because its pretty much the price of an HD 6970. I guess you could argue that the 6950 PCS++ would be a 6970 with an aftermarket cooler, though. But the HD 6970 is still slightly better in tests, no?
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Idra View Post
The PCS++ doesn't seem to be a good deal for me because its pretty much the price of an HD 6970. I guess you could argue that the 6950 PCS++ would be a 6970 with an aftermarket cooler, though. But the HD 6970 is still slightly better in tests, no?
Post #7 ...I posted a link for you that features multiple benchmark results of the PCS ++ fully unlocked.
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Originally Posted by Idra View Post
The PCS++ doesn't seem to be a good deal for me because its pretty much the price of an HD 6970. I guess you could argue that the 6950 PCS++ would be a 6970 with an aftermarket cooler, though. But the HD 6970 is still slightly better in tests, no?
Except it's not nearly as efficient or good as other aftermarket coolers

Don't overpay for PowerColor
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