AMD 6950 Easily Modded Into 6970 Via Bios Flash. #amd


As any true PC enthusiast knows, it’s not the biggest, highest end, fastest piece of hardware that is most sought after. It’s the cheapest part you can snag that can be overclocked and hacked to run as fast or better than the high-end offering. In the world of custom computers, the two heaviest modded parts are easily processor and video card. Both pieces benefit greatly from faster clocks, unlocked cores, etc., etc. Today’s story of unlocking hidden potential comes by way of the recently released AMD 6950 and 6970 graphics cards. Would you believe you can get all the performance of the 6970 in the cheaper 6950?

Well, you can — because they’re the same exact card. The only difference the two cards is that the higher-end 6970 has a few more unified shaders unlocked — 1536 vs. the 6950′s stock count of 1408.

But the best part about this new-found power is that it’s easily obtained. A simple bios flash on your 6950 will get the job done. At this point, there is absolutely no reason to pay extra for the 6970. With that said, I can’t imagine AMD will be too happy to see such information released, that’s there fault for designing the card the way they did.

In the meantime, I suggest you hop to it. Who knows how long AMD will let this hack run rampant. I’m sure a future update will some how block the feature highlighted above. But as we’ve seen today, the PC enthusiast crowd is persistent and determined. Another cat and mouse game in the making?

Get the full list of instructions and needed files over at Tech Power Up.

Source: TechPowerUp

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  • December 27, 2010 8:07 am
  • by: Mike


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