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Old January 2, 2011, 01:04 AM
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Personally, I am absolutely sure that AMD knew what they were doing when they allowed this to happen. Someone may have even tipped off the XS community about it... it will probably piss off a few 6970 owners, but now anyone who cares about this stuff will buy a 6950 and the rest won't even know the difference. It's certainly a marketing decision... I guess we'll see if it keeps them competitive in the graphics market, right?
Just for the record, it has nothing to do with XS community or TPU.. This was originally done by a member or Guru3d forum by the name of DaveShrew ---> http://forum.guru3d.com/showthread.php?p=3827559

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Old January 2, 2011, 01:12 AM
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And for the person asking, the 6970 has more headroom for OC then a flashed 6950>6970, the 8pin primary also helps with that.
Actually, the extra 2 pins on the 8pin connector are only ground pins... lots of speculation as to whether they do anything at all...

There are 2 ways of unlocking these now...
Either use a 6970 bios and runt he risk with the extra voltages, or, modify your original 6950 bios to unlock the extra SIMD's only and run the rest of the card at original/stock settings.
I chose the latter with my cards and could not be happier...

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Old January 2, 2011, 09:08 PM
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Yeah unlocking the shaders would be a no-brainer. It's the people messing with the ram via the 6970 defaults, and then further overclocking it that are playing by the wire.
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I'm debating whether or not to grab a 6950 (with the intent of flashing it to 6970 BIOS and overclocking it to those speeds) or just sit on my 5850 that I got last summer (lol) and wait til the 6970's go to the $299-329 range with better 3rd party coolers and then overclock that even further. It seems like getting a 6950 regardless of the price, will always be playing catch up to the 6970.
Who knows? Once the dual-GPU platform is released, these cards may go down by $50 at least?
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Old January 6, 2011, 12:01 PM
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Id take a XXX, DirectCU, TF 3,Vapour X/Toxic 6850 which you know has better performing parts and then just unlock the 'extras'. Then at a later stage Id OC it... Seems the best solution to both worlds when buying a 6850 in theory anyway..
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