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6950 (flashed to 6970) or.. 6970

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July 12, 2011 1:09:06 AM

hello,
im wondering whetheer to buy a 6970 straight up?
or for like $100 cheaper buy a 6950 and flash it to a 6970.
ive read a few tutorials on flashing the card. and it doesnt seem so hard.
what would be the benefits of flashing and saving money?
and/or
buying the 6970 and not flashing.

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a c 217 U Graphics card
July 12, 2011 1:17:33 AM

Your chances of being able to buy a 6950 and unlocking it into a 6970 is becoming smaller and smaller all the time. I have a thread around that has directions to unlock the shaders, for all 6950's, and more and more people are finding their BIOS is locked, or the shaders do not unlock.

If you want 6970 performance, then I'd just buy the 6970, however, the 6950 is pretty good on its own, and has good overclocking room.
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July 12, 2011 1:20:27 AM

true.
I dont actually mind what Graphics card i get.
aslong as i can play Battlefield 3, modern warfare 3 and whatever future games for the next year. at near max settings :) 
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a b U Graphics card
July 12, 2011 2:23:26 AM

The GTX570 is down to about $289 after rebates....10-20% faster than the 6970 in about 80% of games at 1080P....
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a c 217 U Graphics card
July 12, 2011 2:36:44 AM

mdd1963 said:
The GTX570 is down to about $289 after rebates....10-20% faster than the 6970 in about 80% of games at 1080P....


I believe you are confusing the 6970 with the 6950. The 6970 is equal if not faster than the 570. They mostly trade blows.
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a b U Graphics card
July 12, 2011 2:46:53 PM

mdd1963, 570 is around 5-10% faster than 6950... 6970 is a bit faster than 570.. around 5%.

OP: there's still a big chance that you will unlock shaders on 6950, but even if you won't it's strong enough to play all games on 1080P maxed *well maybe not metro2033*

EDIT: TYPOS
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