Summary: I bought one of these video cards from Fry's. Because of certain circumstances the rebate was sent before the video card was tested. Of course, it didn't work. So then it costed me over $30 to ship it back to MSI. Then i finally got the replacement video card! I put it in and it was also D.O.A. Now I'm waiting for an RMA number to send it back. I should have gone with a GeForce..
Summary: The card is fantastic. Its an MSI card just download the MSI afterburner and tweak(custom , speed, fan , voltage) how you like it. I managed to run every demanding game like battlefield 3 ,Skryim, Crysis 2 and Mafia 2 without a problem or noise on Full HD. Although it has 2 bios this one its not unlockable to 6970 as far i as know, I don't even need it because the 6950 i more than enough for my actual needs.
Summary: This is a great mid-high-end card for the money. The heat pipe configuration lets it run cool and it's capable of receiving the firmware to unlock the shaders. Be careful, though, as it does not have a secondary BIOS in the event the firmware does not work. If the firmware upgrade fails, you will need a second video card to restore the firmware to this one. Running 5760x1080 (Eyefinity) of the Battlefield 3 beta I receive only 20-25 FPS.
Summary: Arrived Unlocked and is a very fast card. With both fans at full speed it is quieter then my XFX HD 5770 running at full speed. PRO: - Very Fast Card! - Nice metal pipe/fan system on card CON: - None so far...