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January 7, 2012 11:14:04 AM

hey should i get a factory overclocked or stock version of amd radeon 6950.I have heard that the factory overclocked versions don't have the dual bios switch.is that true.and yeah i want to flash that card to the 6970:) 

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January 7, 2012 12:01:12 PM

If I read correctly it's OK to unlock a 6950 2GB that's factory overclocked. In my opinion I'd rather spend money and save a bit of money on non overclocked version, then overclocked it myself.
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January 7, 2012 12:55:47 PM

adster said:
hey should i get a factory overclocked or stock version of amd radeon 6950.I have heard that the factory overclocked versions don't have the dual bios switch.is that true.and yeah i want to flash that card to the 6970:) 


I think sapphire or powercolour have a cheap $245 card that has dual fans and the dual bios switch. People on newegg.com say those have unlocked easily.
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January 7, 2012 1:24:23 PM

I have a reference 6950 2gig and it blows through everything. No need for the "unlocking" mumbo jumbo. Get something that has a very good cooling solution. That's where your money will be spent more wisely.
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January 7, 2012 1:29:11 PM

I wouldn't spend any money on better cooling it does nothing for performance....the 69502gb's not gonna blow through bf3 at 1080P on ultra...you need 2 cards..even a 6970 that my bro has gets 50fps with the MSAA turned off.

So it depends on what you're playing.
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January 8, 2012 2:17:44 PM

yeah, I would be playing bf3 and skyrim, so how does the 6950 perform in those games.And I am also considering the gtx 570.And I am also thinking about a dual sli/crossfire setup so which one is better?
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January 8, 2012 3:58:06 PM

Skyrim should play nicely, it also depends on your processor. BF3 won't max out, but will play in high 1080p with at most AA 4x. If you can get GTX 570 go get it, but that will require better PSU and will bottleneck more.
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January 9, 2012 12:14:55 PM

whats bottlenecking, and I have heard about microstuttering in multi gpu setups. whats that. Also, I read somewhere that a couple of 6950s are better than a couple of gtx 570s.is it possible?
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January 9, 2012 1:10:25 PM

No, how come it is possible that GTX 570, priced at $350-$300 bested by 6950 Priced $250-$300?

Bottlenecking means when your CPU/Processor (in example of this bottlenecking case) fail to keep up with your Graphics card. If you have a decent CPU/Processor you'll be fine, don't worry.
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