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Windows 7: Radeon HD 6950 2GB Flash Mod

21 May 2011   #11
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yeah I'm on the edge too. And I heard the same thing about doing the +20 increase under Power Control settings. I was going to do some research and see if this is neccessary.

I don't know, if I get bored enough I may just flash it anyway just for the sake of it. I can always revert back if I don't like the results.


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22 May 2011   #12
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Ever since Adobe added in GPU Rendering, I have been using it. So thats one of the reason I unlocked the card and then OC it when i need the extra power sure its only a 2-6% increase in that and 5-15 FPS in games depending on the settings. I did my research I bought this card due to it being able to do it and hell saved me some bucks in the end.

So to be its each his own.
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22 May 2011   #13
LUVABBW

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You can use this to just unlock the shaders using your existing BIOS. With the TechPowerUp Radeon Bios Editor it's what I plan on using.
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22 May 2011   #14
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

For those interested in flashing to a 6970 here's a nice discussion here - How to enable additional shaders on Radeon HD 6950 - techPowerUp! Forums. I'm only on page 10 of 100+

Anyway here's the how-to the discussion is based on - AMD Radeon HD 6950 to HD 6970 Mod | techPowerUp

Seems there is a of discussion on artifacting and power/heat issues. Again I'm only on page 10 of 100 but so far I've gleaned that.....

- Power Supply matters - can your power supply handle the extra current draw from the update?
- Type of card - reference vs none-reference board
- Stock clock speed of the card - 800/840/880
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22 May 2011   #15
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Like any overclocking/tweaking of hardware there's always the risk of bricking something. This we know, this we understand, yet we proudly take the risk anyway. Why..... because we're overclockers/tweakers we do it because we love it
Well said Sygnus21, you might add that sometimes we do it just because we can.
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22 May 2011   #16
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Seems there is a of discussion on artifacting and power/heat issues.
That's exactly what I'm scared of. If it goes wrong, it's permanently damaged.
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22 May 2011   #17
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Like any overclocking/tweaking of hardware there's always the risk of bricking something. This we know, this we understand, yet we proudly take the risk anyway. Why..... because we're overclockers/tweakers we do it because we love it
Well said Sygnus21, you might add that sometimes we do it just because we can.
LOL I started to add that line but didn't

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Seems there is a of discussion on artifacting and power/heat issues.
That's exactly what I'm scared of. If it goes wrong, it's permanently damaged.
Well you can always revert back to your old BIOS you saved (hopefully)
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22 May 2011   #18
MadSupra354

 

No, if you damage the card you can't. It's in the VRAM that the 6970 has it set to a different voltage, so after a week you get artefacts and you can't revert back. It's permanently damaged.
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22 May 2011   #19
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
No, if you damage the card you can't. It's in the VRAM that the 6970 has it set to a different voltage, so after a week you get artefacts and you can't revert back. It's permanently damaged.
Thats why Im not using the 6970 bios, I still have the 6950 bios but unlocked with the extra shaders, so Im not upping the vrams voltage unless i choose to do the OC
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22 May 2011   #20
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
No, if you damage the card you can't. It's in the VRAM that the 6970 has it set to a different voltage, so after a week you get artefacts and you can't revert back. It's permanently damaged.
Well I guess that means you won't be doing the tweak then?
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