Radeon HD 6950 Into a 6970 With a BIOS Hack

AMD's freshly released Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 are the new leaders for the chipmaker's graphics offerings.

Interestingly, both graphics parts are based off of the same Cayman core. We're not talking about just the same underlying technology, but apparently the cores are the same in both graphics parts. The only difference is the software that's flashed on the BIOS.

It turns out that those who have a Radeon HD 6950 can simply reflash their graphics card BIOS to enable those dormant parts of the GPU.

The process is outlined by TechPowerUp, so click through to check out how to unleash more power out of the Radeon HD 6950.

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  • zackh411
    Its not a fail, its just chip binning. Unlock at your own risk, there is a reason the chip in your 6950 went into a 6950 and not into a 6970.
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  • Harby
    borisof007AMD Fail, isn't the first time this happened. Anyone remember the triple core into a quad core a while back?


    You're clearly not old enough to remember ATIs 9800GTs into XTs BIOS mods.
    Plus, what's the fail about it? Did you maybe buy a 6970 and now you feel cheated out of 70 bucks?
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  • nevertell
    This is not fail. It's a marketing WIN!
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  • stingstang
    It would explain why their prices are so close to each other. This really is a fantastic breakthrough, until the new drivers stop allowing this.
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  • borisof007
    AMD Fail, isn't the first time this happened. Anyone remember the triple core into a quad core a while back?
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  • scook9
    this used to work on nvidia cards too, now they laser cuts the SPs to prevent it
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