Which, if any, 2gb 6950's are still able to be unlocked to 6970?

Hey guys,

First time poster here. I'm in the process of putting together a new computer build (first in ~6yrs). It will primarily be used for gaming, photo editing and streaming content via LAN. Below I've listed my ideas/hardware choices. If you have any suggestions please feel free to help me out.

My specific question regards the 2gb 6950 GPU.
1) I've read on this site several times the great value of the card if you are successful in flashing the bios to unlock the shaders (~6970). I also have read many newer cards are now locked and unable to be flashed. Are there currently any cards on the egg or tigerdirect that can still be successfully flashed?

2) Also, on the best graphics cards monthly listing on this site, the 6950 is on the same tier as the 560ti. I assume the is and ACTUAL 6950 (1g or 2g???), not one that has been flashed. The 560ti, via combo deals, can be purchased for less then the 6950. so if the newer 6950 can NOT be flashed would a 560ti actually be a better value purchase with extremely minimal to no loss in performance?

Thanks for your help and the education everyone has provided me through this site/forum!

The Plan:
1) Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case, $119.99.

2) Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s, $79.99 w/rb.

3) SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB, $244.99 w/rb.

4) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), $59.99 c/rb.

5) ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX, $189.99.

6) Intel Core i5-2500K & PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V, $259.98 w/rb

Total: $954.93 including rebates.

I will purchase a 60-90gb SSD and aftermarket CPU cooler in the future.
I have a 21' 1080p monitor and all peripherals already.

Again, thank you for the help and education.
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  1. its not lockable cuz its not a reference one or simply they have disabled the feature in the newer units but why bother, it already kills 1080p
  2. From the Graphics charts it looks like they are about equal with a few of the Ti's a little higher.

    Check out the charts for the cards, some games run faster with AMD some with Nvidia, pick based upon the games you will play.

    Looks like a sweet build!
  3. Best answer
    No new 6950's are able to be unlocked, you would literally need to find a run down shop, or craigslist/Ebay them. At which point those people will sell them at a higher price point because "they know"

    The 560ti is a nicely rounded card, however simply doesn't preform as well as a 6950 at higher resolutions. The 560ti would be nice if you plan on playing games at 1680x1050 resolution range. As for 1920x1080-1200 (1080p) I would go the 6950 AMD route

    If you ever planned on doing an SLI or Crossfire build, I would still suggest doing the 6950, then putting in another 6950 in the future, as these cards scale ridiculously well.

    source: my knowledge and passion.. and a bit of anandtech to back me up

    edit: The Sapphire brand is always a great choice. I currently am using 6950 as well. I plan on getting them in crossfire whenever bulldozer is released.. maybe 2015... =\ until them I'm stuck with a Q6700 2.66ghz stock oc'd to 3.89ghz :) However the core i5 2500k is clearly unrivalled in value to performance currently
  4. thank you all for your help and input.
    -jonnyrb, I am thinking along the same lines as you, 6950 with a plan for a 2nd in the future.

    The plan is to order this week!
  5. one more question regarding this forum.

    How do I close this thread? I'm blind I think...
  6. Best answer selected by bsturdy.
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