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post #11 of 36
That one is able to unlock. I bought MSI 6950 two weeks ago and it still unlocks.
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post #12 of 36
Which one, the sapphire or msi, or both? I would rather get the MSI for the cooling and silence, but who doesn't want a free card upgrade through unlock, lol.
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post #13 of 36
I bought the reference version, not TwinFrozer II or TwinFrozer III. What you should look out is XFX because they have updated their "reference" cards by using non-reference PCBs. Their have a 1.1v after their part number which refers to the new PCB they used.
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post #14 of 36
Ok, so the sapphire unlocks, does anyone know about the twin frozr iii?
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post #15 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by Awaz View Post
Just curious why you say fan is pretty bad on the reference design. To be honest, outside of watercooling (which I have now), I found it to be the best - especially for dual card setup. With a custom profile, noise can also be kept at check. When I was on air, I never topped 65c on an Antec900 case. Just saying reference cooling is bad is just plain wrong.
It is "pretty bad" compared to something non-ref -- which was the question at hand.

The question was...
Do I go with non-ref to get the better fan/cooling system and gamble on the unlock or do I get the ref card and increase my unlocking chances but lose cooling capability?

You aren't going to try to tell me the the ref fan is better than the TFIII fan are you?
post #16 of 36
AMD has "claimed" to take "precautionary" measures against the unlock.
In other words we don´t know if they are even going to do anything at this point.
The reason why some/most cards unlock and some don´t is not because AMD has already taken actions against it rather than that in production some cards were laser cut and others weren´t ..this however was not influenced by AMD but only random selection.

To be absolutey sure people should always ask there retailer when the 6950 arrived.
If the card arrived before the 15th of March you should be fine ...because that is 1 week from where the "claims" of AMD have been made.
Also 6950´s with an earlier date have all unlocked.

Don´t think AMD is so organized and professional^^
They just maid these claims in order to sound professional but I really doubt anything will happen.
AMD either wasn´t aware of what they were doing and have to justify themselves now or it is all a big marketing scam ...either way I don´t think anything will happen.

But just to be sure 15th March

6950 2GB Non-ref or not with a BIOS switch are basically all """save""" to unlock meaning there ability to unlock not there guarantee to operate normally

1 GB have some more unfunctional units so this is the only one bound to unlockinability.

Cheers hope I could help
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post #18 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikepahl318 View Post
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Originally Posted by Kung Pow View Post
AMD has "claimed" to take "precautionary" measures against the unlock.
In other words we don´t know if they are even going to do anything at this point.
The reason why some/most cards unlock and some don´t is not because AMD has already taken actions against it rather than that in production some cards were laser cut and others weren´t ..this however was not influenced by AMD but only random selection.

To be absolutey sure people should always ask there retailer when the 6950 arrived.
If the card arrived before the 15th of March you should be fine ...because that is 1 week from where the "claims" of AMD have been made.
Also 6950´s with an earlier date have all unlocked.

Don´t think AMD is so organized and professional^^
They just maid these claims in order to sound professional but I really doubt anything will happen.
AMD either wasn´t aware of what they were doing and have to justify themselves now or it is all a big marketing scam ...either way I don´t think anything will happen.

But just to be sure 15th March

6950 2GB Non-ref or not with a BIOS switch are basically all """save""" to unlock meaning there ability to unlock not there guarantee to operate normally

1 GB have some more unfunctional units so this is the only one bound to unlockinability.

Cheers hope I could help

There is no "best" unlocker

Just a best overclocker and that is without a doubt the 6950 TwinFrozr III due to the specially enhanced structural revision to enruse higher overclocking efficiency and the optimized voltage controller also custom made by MSI
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post #19 of 36
make sure to use a modified 6950 bios and not just flash a 6970 bios on to a 6950
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post #20 of 36
Quote:
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make sure to use a modified 6950 bios and not just flash a 6970 bios on to a 6950
Why? There is no reason not to as has been debated a million times. The worst case is a bricked card which you simply RMA. Alternatively you may find artifacting if you get a poorly binned 6950 when you flash it to a 6970. Flash it back and try for an RMA. If not you still have a working 6950.

99.9% of the time it flashed fine and the argument for different ram voltages in the 6970 is still 1) not proved as far as I know? *(I could be wrong here, haven't looked for a bit), and 2) not proven to damage a card at all unlike overvolting a 570 for instance.

Grab a ref 6950, flash it to a 6970 and enjoy. Use the saved cash to snag a waterblock and run the bad boy for years.
    
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