Monday, 13 December 2010 15:21

Reference HD 6970 has dual-BIOS

Written by Slobodan Simic
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We managed to score a few more details regarding the mystery switch located next to the Crossfire connectors on the HD 6970 card.

According to what we know so far, the HD 6970 will have a dual BIOS and the switch is used exactly for that. The switch has two settings and according to AMD's own slides, the setting 2 makes it "protected as factory default", while the setting 1 is unprotected for user updates.

Either it means that AMD will release a BIOS that gives you more performance but also raises power consumption or something else, it is still not clear, but it sure does sounds pretty interesting.

Of course, we will know for sure on 15th of December.


Last modified on Monday, 13 December 2010 21:58
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+45 #1 Boomstick777 2010-12-13 18:45
If this means AMD would periodically release updated bios's for future improved performance would be awesome, hmm am I going to regret buying a GTX 570?
 
 
+43 #2 Blacky 2010-12-13 18:46
Excellent news! If only it would become standard for all video cards.
 
 
+41 #3 Super XP 2010-12-13 19:31
That is awesome, and yet you are going to regret buying the GTX 570. You need to wait for the HD 6900's to get released for a nice possible price drop all accross the board.
 
 
+34 #4 redisnidma 2010-12-13 19:33
Quote:
Either it means that AMD will release a BIOS that gives you more performance but also raises power consumption or something else, it is still not clear, but it sure does sounds pretty interesting.

BINGO! ;-)
 
 
+11 #5 Boomstick777 2010-12-13 20:01
Quoting Super XP:
That is awesome, and yet you are going to regret buying the GTX 570. You need to wait for the HD 6900's to get released for a nice possible price drop all accross the board.


As long as GTX 570 beats the HD 6950 i'll be happy with it, can't imagine the HD 6970 being any less than £350? I paid £249.99 for my GTX 570 don't really wanna spend much more than that. always aim for arond £200 - £250 for a new card and sell the old one get most of money back ;-)
 
 
-29 #6 arclight 2010-12-13 20:12
That's unprecedented. How do they expect users to be that good to update video cards BIOSes by themselves? I mean i know a thing or two about computer hardware and i never tryed to change the BIOS of my video card. Scratch that, i tryed and failed miserably.

I'm hoping the switch is for other intents and purposes, possibly for unlocking the card from the confinments and restrictions of PowerTune.
 
 
+7 #7 Bl0bb3r 2010-12-13 21:17
Quoting Boomstick777:
can't imagine the HD 6970 being any less than £350?



A bencher that already has the card on ocuk hinted at around £100 less than GTX 580... if that is £400 to £450, imagine the 6970 being £300 to £350, so yes it might just be less than £350.
 
 
+16 #8 Boomstick777 2010-12-13 21:35
Quoting arclight:
That's unprecedented. How do they expect users to be that good to update video cards BIOSes by themselves? I mean i know a thing or two about computer hardware and i never tryed to change the BIOS of my video card. Scratch that, i tryed and failed miserably.


If the switch was for some kind of bios update, AMD would obviously make some kind of easy process so noobs could do it, it wouldn't be like flashing your bios is now, it would implemented like a motherboard bios update so even a complete tard could do it lol
 
 
+5 #9 Boomstick777 2010-12-13 21:39
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
A bencher that already has the card on ocuk hinted at around £100 less than GTX 580... if that is £400 to £450, imagine the 6970 being £300 to £350, so yes it might just be less than £350.


Ah cool if it is £300 that isn't to bad for HD 6970, would expect it to outperform the GTX 570 at that price, guess well have to wait till they show up at retail, not long now...
 
 
+4 #10 moKi 2010-12-13 21:58
Someone break the NDA!!!
 

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