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Hi guys, i have ordered a xfx 6950 2gb version, i want to unlock the shaders only. I have read the tpu article but its bit complicated for me. Will it void the waranty. Please help, did any one succesfuly unlocked ur 6950
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and i am on india, chennai, here temp is about 40 degress, i am concerned that my card will overheat if overclocked or unlock it, my card is based for reference design.
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Originally Posted by syedimty View Post
Hi guys, i have ordered a xfx 6950 2gb version, i want to unlock the shaders only. I have read the tpu article but its bit complicated for me. Will it void the waranty. Please help, did any one succesfuly unlocked ur 6950
There are two types of 6950 unlocks:

Type 1 unlock: Shader increase to 1536 units (same as the 6970)
Type 2 unlock: Complete BIOS flash to a 6970

The type 1 unlock is almost risk free and can be achieved with almost all the 6950´s.
The type 2 unlock on the other hand is a bit more risky because due to the full 6970 BIOS flash also the timings of the 6970 and other settings which are different will be applied.
To some cards that ultimately can lead to card failure or mailfunction.
Further marginal differences can be seen here:

But be advised that the Type 2 unlock only yields about 1-3% performance increase.
Wheter the Type 1 unlock + stock 6970 clocks have shown to yield the exact same amount of performance a normal 6970 would achieve
So according to those results one could imply that a Type 1 unlock + stock 6970 settings would upgrade a 6950 to a full 6970 performancewise even though other settings or structural differences are unequal.



Both types of unlocks will void your warranty if something goes wrong so be sure to bare that in mind when doing it.
There have not been any long term studies about the affect of the unlocking process and further causations yet.....but I am confident to say that nobody has encountered any problems yet
So I personally would advise you to leave the unlock be as it is not included in the warranty and just overclock your card 5-10% higher ...thus a higher overclock should be able to not only compensate but even exceed the performance boost the unlock provides
And if you must have an unlocked card at least wait until we know more about its long term affects

I would also like to refer you to my thread in which similar questions and all advantages/features of the 6950 including all designs etc etc should be displayed and answered

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/9848...md-6950-a.html


Seeing that you have already read the techpowerup review there shouldn´t be many questions left after reading this

Hope I could help
Edited by Kung Pow - 4/15/11 at 6:35am
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no unlocking allowed
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I have unlocked both my GPU's. There is a well laid out guide here in the forum. I will try to dig it out.
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Originally Posted by Kung Pow View Post
There are two types of 6950 unlocks:

Type 1 unlock: Shader increase to 1536 units (same as the 6970)
Type 2 unlock: Complete BIOS flash to a 6970

The type 1 unlock is almost risk free and can be achieved with almost all the 6950´s.
The type 2 unlock on the other hand is a bit more risky because due to the full 6970 BIOS flash also the timings of the 6970 and other settings which are different will be applied.
To some cards that ultimately can lead to card failure or mailfunction.
Further marginal differences can be seen here:

But be advised that the Type 2 unlock only yields about 1-3% performance increase.
Wheter the Type 1 unlock + stock 6970 clocks have shown to yield the exact same amount of performance a normal 6970 would achieve
So according to those results one could imply that a Type 1 unlock + stock 6970 settings would upgrade a 6950 to a full 6970 performancewise even though other settings or structural differences are unequal.



Both types of unlocks will void your warranty if something goes wrong so be sure to bare that in mind when doing it.
There have not been any long term studies about the affect of the unlocking process and further causations yet.....but I am confident to say that nobody has encountered any problems yet
So I personally would advise you to leave the unlock be as it is not included in the warranty and just overclock your card 5-10% higher ...thus a higher overclock should be able to not only compensate but even exceed the performance boost the unlock provides
And if you must have an unlocked card at least wait until we know more about its long term affects

I would also like to refer you to my thread in which similar questions and all advantages/features of the 6950 including all designs etc etc should be displayed and answered

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/9848...md-6950-a.html


Seeing that you have already read the techpowerup review there shouldn´t be many questions left after reading this

Hope I could help
There you go
Several threads,info guides, benchmark results etc etc all speficially on XFX 6950 unlocking,overclocking,BIOS flashing and so on and on

http://www.rage3d.com/board/showthread.php?t=33973672

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=141214

http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/899...ck-thread.html

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?p=3897814
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no unlocking allowed
For teh lulz.
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could we help you OP?
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