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Is there an easy way to identify reference design models of video cards? I am specifically looking for a pair of HD 6950s.

Am I going to end up paying more than ~$330 for one? Because I've found a 6970 for that much.

Thanks.

edit: The purpose of this is to flash the BIOS to a 6970, if that was not obvious. :)
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  1. Also, I read that overclocking is less successful if you unlock a 6950 to a 6970. Is this true? I read it here. It is the 2nd post(5th overall) by "reddie007".
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    At this point in time its pretty much better to just buy the 6970. The prices of any flashable 6950s have made it rather pointless to go that route. I think you can get the MSI hawk something 3. It isn't flashable, but MSI wrote a special bios that basically does the same thing.
  3. 4745454b said:
    At this point in time its pretty much better to just buy the 6970. The prices of any flashable 6950s have made it rather pointless to go that route. I think you can get the MSI hawk something 3. It isn't flashable, but MSI wrote a special bios that basically does the same thing.


    Yeah I was planning on buying 6970s when I read about unlockable 6950s. Will the next generation(7xxx) have unlockable reference cards? Is that a regular happening when a new card comes out?
  4. Not regular, but not unheard of either. I wouldn't plan on it however.
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