So what about unlocking this to 16 pipes? Anyone heard anything about that? I unlocked my HIS x1800GTO and overclocked it from 500/500 to 700/700. Ever since then I've been trying to find the next big money saver.
I'm hoping that if these don't unlock, the R600 core will follow the same trend as the X1800 cards. My GTO sticker literally covers up an old XL sticker. My guess is they couldnt get rid of the XL's like they wanted to so they cut prices and brought the card down in spec just a tad even though it was more than capable of performing at XL specs.