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January 2, 2011 6:41:02 PM

Should I buy the 6950 or the 6970?

I hear that the 6950 can unlock to a 6970 with a bios flash. Can someone please point me in the direction of the guide that outlines this please?

6950 = $300
6970= $370

Should I just do the bios flash and save myself $70 or should I just buy the 6970?

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I hear that non-reference 6970's are coming out. Should I just hold off another few weeks and then pull the trigger?

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January 2, 2011 6:53:06 PM

This time around, much like the 500 series cards, the reference design includes vapor chambor cooling, so at leat if you do get one now, it's not a bad system.

As far as how to unlock the bios, here is a link: http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcar...

If it doesn't work out, check out the forum post, it has various helpful posts.
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January 2, 2011 8:26:38 PM

nfuzer said:
Should I buy the 6950 or the 6970?

I hear that the 6950 can unlock to a 6970 with a bios flash. Can someone please point me in the direction of the guide that outlines this please?

6950 = $300
6970= $370

Should I just do the bios flash and save myself $70 or should I just buy the 6970?

OR

I hear that non-reference 6970's are coming out. Should I just hold off another few weeks and then pull the trigger?


I personally have two 6950's flashed to 6970's. Very pleased so far. However it is not guaranteed so if you are not willing to take what appears to be about a 10% chance of failure, go with your gut and budget. Performance is pretty close between both models and if you are willing to OC some, you can get a 6950 to perform on par with a stock 6970.

The non reference cards should start showing up soon, they will run cooler and quieter more than likely than the current reference based cards.
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January 2, 2011 8:44:28 PM

In my opinion, go for the Hd 6950.

Even if it doesn't flash, you still have an awesome card and you can overclock it heftily. It's the better bang for the buck anyway.
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January 9, 2011 4:24:12 PM

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January 9, 2011 5:24:37 PM

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