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a c 189 U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 7:38:17 PM

Hey community,

First of all there is nothing wrong with my computer. I'm just wondering something.

I've got a reference model 6950, and I've unlocked it to use the 1536 shaders the 6970 has. It basically runs at the speed of the 6970.

What I am wondering is why the 6970 has 1 6-pin and 1 8-pin power connector and I'm able to do the same thing with the 6950 but only with 2 6-pins?

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a b U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 8:24:13 PM

I assume 1 6-pin and 1 8-pin connectors don't necessarily mean it needs to consume more power. The GTX 295 uses WAY more power, and probably more current electricity, but the HD6970 don't consume or need as much power, rather I assume is for design reasons or to prevent people from unlocking it? I'm sure 2 6-pins are enough to power an overclocked HD6970 with tweaked volts no problem.
a c 165 U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 8:34:59 PM

You've only unloocked the shaders, the 6970 runs at higher memory/core speeds from stock, so draws more juice, although I suspect he extra 6+2 is a bit of corporate caution rather than engineering neccessity.
BTW, mine runs fine with unlocked shaders at 880/1300MHz :)  just beware the full flash to 6970 specs, there have been reports of problems with the memory faiing under the higher timings/voltages.
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