Core i5 650 @ 3.84 ghz.
8 Gigs RAM @ 1600 Mhz
1TB Caviar Black HD
I also currently own a Radeon HD 5770 and I am looking to upgrade in the future. I am hearing conflicting reports. Some people are telling me to get the 6950 and flash the BIOS to make it a 6970. However, some people have told me that if I buy a 6950 the flash won't work anymore because AMD is fixing or has fixed the issue. What do you think I should do?
Several benchmarks have shown 6950 with a +20% overdrive can perform as well or better than a stock 6970 w/o OD enabled.
I was able to mod my 6950 to 1536, but I'm using the 6950 bios as to keep the stock memory voltages. Running 890/1385 @ 1.08v. I was running 910/1400 @ 1.085v, but I was getting micro-stuttering from the VRM limiting itself. Not worth the extra OC if the card is limited by the power draw.
P.S. I do mean 1.08v, I'm under-volting the chip to 1) run cooler 2) lower power draw to allow more OC. It is running stable.