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Monday, 27 December 2010 11:39

AMD's HD 6950 is unlockable

Written by Slobodan Simic

1536 Shaders with BIOS flash
It looks like all of the AMD HD 6950 cards appear to be ready for unlocking, at least for now. According to Wizzard from Techpowerup, it is a matter of a simple BIOS flash and your HD 6950 can easily turn to an HD 6970. AMD even made the process a bit easier as AMD included the dual-BIOS feature on its HD 6900 series cards and if something goes wrong you can always go for the recovery/factory protected BIOS.

It looks like AMD didn't use the fuse locking on its HD 6950 cards and it is a simple BIOS update that makes the card switch from its 1408 to 1536 shaders and even reach HD 6970 clocks. For now, the unlock is possible on all HD 6950 cards and not just a handful of review samples.

Nice news for all those who snatched the HD 6950 and it looks like these will be selling quite nicely in next few days. You can find more details here.


Last modified on Monday, 27 December 2010 12:03
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+71 #1 Jigar 2010-12-27 12:07
Omg, that's awesome...
+39 #2 Blizzard 2010-12-27 12:23
OOO, eee, looks like a good present for Christmas, now seems to be logical move with dual bios switch! :roll:
+41 #3 eggenstein 2010-12-27 12:25
Just got one of these as I read that they are the best bang4buck card out there... then I find this out. AWESOME.
+11 #4 leftiszi 2010-12-27 12:27
Changing the board allotment to more 6970s, was an indication of this would be happening sooner or later.

Still a great feat, but what happens to the warranty if you flash it?
+42 #5 yasin 2010-12-27 12:49
just when you thought you couldn't get any better value...
+26 #6 kapeeteeleest_peeg 2010-12-27 14:03
Merry Xmas from AMD to its loyal fans!
Was gonna get 6950 anyway, but this just makes it soooooo sweet!
+11 #7 Cartman 2010-12-27 14:57
So looks like they arent that bad :)

I bet new drivers will bring more performance in next year this arhitecture is still very fresh.

Also very nice crossfire scaling.
2x 6950 @ 6970 clocks and bios upgrade would be like a dream to me now with some nice cooling like Sapphire Toxic :)
+1 #8 Wolfdale 2010-12-27 15:08
bye bye nvidia,
now you officially got your asses kicked out of the low to mid-high segment of gpu cards :)
+18 #9 DJDestiny 2010-12-27 15:18
Where's That Troll Warrior24 when you need him ? ;D
He said AMD would give us crap .
Now let the troll lose his job with nvidia ;P
-19 #10 fingerbob69 2010-12-27 16:13
Wonder what the 6970 unlocks to?

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