Summary: I upgraded from a Nvidia 9800 GT (which im selling on ebay hit me up yo Firblade274) and run a Q6600 quad core duo 2.4 ghz CPU on 64 bit Vista, not overclocked as I sadly have a stock HP mobo.
Summary: Purchased this card in May 2012. Switched the BIOS and no unlocked shaders. Put the position back to stock, read the BIOS, modified and re-flashed to the secondary BIOS, still same results, no unlocked shaders.
Summary: I have two of these 6950's in Crossfire and they are working fantastically! They both run very cool, and have had zero issues with them. Their build quality is great! Two of these in Crossfire runs every single game out there on the market today at max settings. Plus, they also unlock to 6970's!
Summary: This really is an amazing video card that delivers what it promises- just don't let the expectation of rebate money influence your buying decision! Other reviewers alluded to problems getting rebates from Sapphire, and that has been my experience as well.
Summary: First of all, I was wary about upgrading from my previous card (the Radeon HD 5770 Hawk) since it ran damn near everything (and still does, mostly). For me to purchase a new card, it would have had to be a massive improvement and within a reasonable price range.
Summary: Pros - 1) Unlockable to 6970 with push of switch 2) Can overclock it to HD 6970 easily with Trixx software utility 3) Very quiet and runs very cool 4) Constant 40+ fps for battlefield 3, crysis 2, assassin's creed brotherhood with (1920x1200, 8xAA, everything maxed out) Cons - 1) No crossfire bridge...
Summary: Yes, it is very long and you should check your case before buying. It runs a bit hot. But other than this things it works great. This model has been discontinued because Sapphire updated the card. In the future I may buy another 6950.