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?
buying the 6970 and not flashing.
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.