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Radeon 6950 Unlock to 6970!
12-28-2010, 02:40 PM,
#1
Radeon 6950 Unlock to 6970!
According to the following article from TechPowerup, currently all Radeon HD 6950 can be unlocked to a Radeon 6970 (shaders and frequencies) via a GPU BIOS Flash.

This is an easy way to gain performance and to get the performance of a Radeon 6970 at the price of the Radeon HD 6950!

http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/over...idcard/159
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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12-28-2010, 02:43 PM,
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RE: Radeon 6950 Unlock to 6970!
Now that I'm thinking about it, this is giving me an excuse to sell my Radeon HD 6850 and upgrade to a Radeon HD "6970" Tongue
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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12-28-2010, 02:57 PM,
#3
RE: Radeon 6950 Unlock to 6970!
awesome, a great way to save money and squeeze out performance.
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12-28-2010, 03:18 PM,
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RE: Radeon 6950 Unlock to 6970!
(12-28-2010, 02:40 PM)MathieuB Wrote: According to the following article from TechPowerup, currently all Radeon HD 6950 can be unlocked to a Radeon 6970 (shaders and frequencies) via a GPU BIOS Flash.

This is an easy way to gain performance and to get the performance of a Radeon 6970 at the price of the Radeon HD 6950!

http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/over...idcard/159

Looks good! I hope AMD doesn't mind, just like triple core unlocked into quad & quad into hex. Those who wanted to, "could" try. Biostar & Asrock even sells motherboards made for this & Asrock (if I remember correctly) bundled a tri-core that was guaranteed to successfully unlock.

As for the stability, I'm not so sure, as I've never tried myself, but have googled that not everyone got what they "hoped" to get.

But if it sells more HD6950s, good for them! ;-)
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12-28-2010, 06:21 PM,
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RE: Radeon 6950 Unlock to 6970!
That is awesome, i'm just sad that I won't be able to buy one for a looong time.
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12-28-2010, 09:33 PM,
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RE: Radeon 6950 Unlock to 6970!
woo! bonus
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12-30-2010, 04:00 PM,
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RE: Radeon 6950 Unlock to 6970!
If I buy a 6950 today and unlock it, if they fix it making me unable to buy a 2nd later for crossfire, will the REAL 6970 card work in crossfire with a radeon 6950 unlocked to a 6970? I need to know cause im doing your tier 5 mainstream build and will probobly order in a few days. Thanks!
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12-30-2010, 07:04 PM,
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RE: Radeon 6950 Unlock to 6970!
Yes, it would work, since the system sees the "6950" as a 6970. Besides, you can crossfire different models, I.e.6950 and 6970 without a problem.
Also, make sure to get the right PSU for your PC to be capable of handling two 6970 in Crossfire. See the latest High-end Gaming PCs article on HR for more details.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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12-30-2010, 07:36 PM,
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RE: Radeon 6950 Unlock to 6970!
The 6950 has two 6-pin power connectors and the 6970 has one 6-pin and one 8-pin. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't it mean that if the 6950 is unlocked to a 6970, that the card wouldn't have enough power supplied? (I'm sorry if this sounds stupid, I'm still learning about PC hardware...just built my first PC in September (specs below)Smile

By the way, as an owner of a 6950, I'm not undertaking this procedure. I'm pretty conservative when it comes to PCs and stability is more important to me than anything else.
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2 Ghz CPU Cooling: Hyper 212+ w/MX-2 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-890XA-UD3 RAM: G.Skill (2 X 2GB) F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO Video: Sapphire AMD Radeon 6950 2GB HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB Case: Storm Sniper Black Edition PSU: Corsair TX-750 Audio: Realtek Integrated w/ Cyber Acoustics 2.1 Speakers Monitor: Samsung BX2240X Input: MS Wireless Desktop 3000 OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit - Based on a mix of HR Budget and Mainstream Gaming PC build from mid 2010.
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12-30-2010, 09:17 PM,
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RE: Radeon 6950 Unlock to 6970!
They actually answered your question in the article that I link to in my first post.6pin + 6 pin is enough.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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