6950 Twin Frozr II

Korvin

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I recently bought this card from frys for $220 and successfully unlocked it. I've still got time to take it back...

Is there another card that I would have a better experience with in this price range? I haven't quite been blown away.




APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: $300 before rebate / $240 after.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I want to be able to play any game on max settings.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 630w PSU, Current is onboard.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: 6gb ram, Raidmax Smilodon case, Athlon II x3, windows 7, (upgrading soon)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, frys.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Quality, good looking ;)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Must run full 1080 smooth > in the future, triple 1280x1024 setup. Upgrade will be doable if not immediately required.
 
Your Athlon x3 is what is slowing you down.Your missing the L3 Cache and the other core which is what most games really need.

You say you've unlocked it? So therefore it should be a 6970 now.You can't really get any better with a 6970 and a Twin Frozr II heatsink.Unless you get something like a GTX580 but that like $400.

I'm betting it's your triple core Athlon that'd holding you back.
 

Korvin

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Yeah it's got the 1500 or so shader cores unlocked. It's still technically a 6950 ;)

The CPU definitely needs an upgrade, I'm going to be saving the next two months, <hopefully>I'll have over $1300</hopefully> at which point I will be dumping money into my system. The new bulldozers should be out by then (fat chance).
 
Yah I believe their are some rumors going around that the rumored Oct.12 release date has been delayed to Nov.Who knows when it will come out.They were initially supposed to be released back in June.

So all you need to do then is get a new CPU.You should see a great improvement.But if you are planing for Eyefinity then the 2G 6950/6970 is what you would want to have for it.Of course your probably going to have to get another one if you want to play everything on max settings with 60fps.
 

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They are completely unlockable, I'll see if I can find the tutorial. Make sure you read through the whole tutorial before doing it or you might mess something up (like I did), I had to flash bios like 3 times =D

Edit: Are they the twin frozr II?
 

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Yeah they are the Twin Frozr II.
 

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http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1622205
1) Download ATI Winflash:http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1919/ATI_Winflash_2.0.1.13.html (The newest version has been reported to not work).
2) Install winflash in the root directory (i.e. C:\winflash)
3) Download the script to modify the bios and extract it: www.techpowerup.com/wizzard/Mod_BIOS_HD_6950.zip
4) If you have a BIOS switch, set it to the 1 position (TWIN FROZR Will not have a BIOS SWITCH)
5) Run ATI Winflash, click "Save" to save your BIOS, be sure to make a copy of this and save it some where safe in case some thing goes wrong.
6) Make a copy of the saved BIOS and rename the copy to "original.bin"
6.a) If you cannot see the file extensions, you need to open the Folder Options in the control panel and uncheck the option "Hide extensions for known file types"
7) Copy the "original.bin" file to the script folder "Mod_BIOS_HD_6950"
8) Execute the "run.bat" batch file
9) Look in the folder "Mod_BIOS_HD_6950" and copy the file "modded.bin" to the folder you installed ATI Winflash in (C:\winflash)
10) Open up the command prompt (Start->All Programs->Accessories) you may have to right click and run as adminstrator
11) Change to the ATI Winflash directory with the command "cd C:\winflash" or what ever directory you saved it in
12) Type "atiwinflash -unlockrom 0" (the "0" stands for the first PCIe card installed, "1" will work for the 2nd card)
13) Type "atiwinflash -f -p 0 modded.bin" (the "0" stands for the first PCIe card installed, "1" will work for the 2nd card)
WARNING: do not turn off your computer until step 13 is completely finished.
You should have successfully installed the modified BIOS. You will see a window pop up to say it was verified and ask you to reboot if everything went as planned.
14) To verify that you succeeded in unlocking the shaders, use GPU-Z and look to see that you have 1536 Unified shaders.


If your system becomes unstable after you reboot, you'll have to reflash the original saved BIOS back onto the card following steps 10-13 and using the "original.bin" BIOS in place of "modded.bin".

This absolutely works.