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    Default Is my PC up to new gpu?

    I am about to buy a Sapphire RADEON HD6970 2gb and am not sure if it is worth it incase my pc isn't up to par with the gpu. I've heard if your pc is rubbish then it bottlenecks the gpu's performance. I am wondering if this will happen with my system.

    My PC spec;
    Processor : Intel Core i7 860 @ 2.8GHz
    RAM : 4.00 GB
    System type: 64-Bit Operating System (Windows 7)

    Any information on compatibillity or potential problems will be apreciated or if any one else has a similar set up i'd like to hear from you about how it performs. I have recently bought Battlefield 3 and trying to run if from this pc with an nvidia gt240..... not the best.

    Cheers,
    Ryan.

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    Default Re: Is my PC up to new gpu?

    do you really need such apowerfull card? and yes your pc will be fine but a gt240 card wont hack it and that was your bottleneck,do you know you can buy a sapphire 6950 and flash the bios on it to a 6970? just the same card apart from the bios,save yourself a few
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    Default Re: Is my PC up to new gpu?

    Thanks Wazza(Australian?),
    I am looking for a gpu powerfull enough to play battlefield 3 and other new games on the highest settings, that was my reasoning for this particular card. How easy is it to flash the upgraded software onto the 6950?
    Cheers for the sugestion, i've had a quick look and doing it your way will save around 100 pounds if it doesn't cost to flash the software which is a huge difference in price! Thanks for the help so far. Any idea where i can download the update and how to flash it?
    Cheers.

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    Default Re: Is my PC up to new gpu?

    A web search using: sapphire 6950 bios flash unlock
    should provide useful information.
    Happy flashing
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    Default Re: Is my PC up to new gpu?

    Thanks Jim,
    I've found some good info about flashing. Will flashing this uprate it from the standard 800MHz chip clock (6950) to 880MHz (6970)?

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    Default Re: Is my PC up to new gpu?

    australian?hehe english,and yes its the exact same card just locked out pixel shaders and lower mem and core clocks on the 6950,ive flashed gpu bios's with winflash its simple but ive never flashed a 6950 to a 6970,yes it will raise the clocks to 6970 clocks

    heres a good guide on how to do it,make sure you do a back up of your cards original bios,before you flash and make sure its a sapphire card

    Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Unlocked to HD 6970 :: TweakTown USA Edition
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    Default Re: Is my PC up to new gpu?

    Glad to help out.
    From the final paragraph in the TweakTown article provided by wazza300:
    A few things to remember, though; we're not sure how long you're going to be able to do this for. The other thing is the brands we know that are able to do it are still quite small, so if you do have luck on a brand other than one of the mentioned ones, please drop us a line in our comments section below.

    In the end the HD 6970 doesn't really offer that much more performance over the HD 6950, unlike the old X800 PRO that could be flashed to an XT many years ago. But for something that should carry with it limited risk, it's a nice upgrade, especially if you start looking at Crossfire setups.
    Do your homework, don't take shortcuts such as not backing up your original bios.
    It looks like the safest bet is to buy a card that has the dual-bios switch feature.
    Good luck, let us know how everything works out.

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    Last edited by profJim; 11-08-2011 at 11:55 PM.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
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    Default Re: Is my PC up to new gpu?

    i think you will be fine,it tells you the run command to type in if winflash wont flash it in that guide,if for any reason you cant flash the card the 6950 isnt far behind the 6970 in performance anyway,and will play bf3 easily on highest settings,i dont know if sapphire have changed the cards since that review was posted but i dont think so,do some research before you purchase,i dont want to be blamed for you bricking your new card or if the flash wont take
    Gigabyte z77x UP4-TH F11c Modded Bios
    Intel i7 3770k 24/7@4.8ghz 1.38v Turbo llc +0.165v dvid multithreading enabled
    Samsung Green(MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB @2133mhz 9-10-10-21-1t 1.55v
    Thermalright Silver Arrow Cpu Cooler
    1xSamsung 840 pro 256 Gb SSD windows 8.1 pro 64bit
    1xSamsung f4 HD204UI 2tb hard drive Storage
    Powercolor 7970 3gb V3 @1150mhz core/1700mhz mem,1.150v Accelero aftermarket air cooler 55c max
    Razer Lycosa Keyboard
    Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers
    Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x Sata DVDRW
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    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
    Fractal Arc Midi Case

    http://i38.tinypic.com/14myvfa.jpg x58 ud5 <=3.8ghz + 4.2ghz Overclock Template!!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/warren304#p/u Visit Me On Youtube

    Lots Of Gaming Videos With X58 Ud5 System And Gpu On My Youtube Channel!!
    Just Uploaded New Battlefield 4 Video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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