BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC edition review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 06/18/2008 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
BFG GeForce GTX 280 1024 MB OC
We already told you in the introduction of this article, BFG will launch this product as an OC model, it's actually this will be the default SKU. We do expect to see an OCX version in the future as well. Personally I find this to be daring for BFG to be able to launch a product clocked slightly faster at default + you get to have some extra's as well. I'll explain later. Let's first peek at the faster clock speeds:
GeForce GTX 280 reference clocks
- Core 602 MHz
- Shader processors 1296 MHz
- Memory 2106 MHz effective
GeForce GTX 280 BFG OC edition
- Core 617 MHz
- Shader processors 1350 MHz
- Memory 2214 MHz effective
I know what you guys are thinking right now, that's a very small overclock. And that is correct. But it's definitely a slightly faster, no matter how small that is anyway. Fact is that indeed this will be very hard to measure. This already is the fastest single-GPU based graphics card on the globe, and as history has proven, overclocking them helps only a teeny weenie bit. But can it overclock even further then you ask ? Well yeah .. today we'll show you that as well.
Packaging and Accessories then, included in the box you'll find:
- GeForce GTX 280 1024 MB OC model
- Driver CD
- HDTV block (3-way RCA component)
- 6-pin to Molex power cable
- manual / quick install guide
- VGA->DVI dongle
- HDMI adapter
- HDMI cable
- SP/DIF cable
- Dual 6-pin to 8-pin converter
Hey cool stuff, BFG also includes a dual 6-pin to 8-pin converter. So if your PSU does not have an PCIe 8-pin connector, but does have three 6-pin connectors .. you are covered. Not only is a HDMI adapter included, also a HDMI cable. Great stuff. Also included is a small SP/DIF cable. You hook it up to your mainboard/soundcard SPDIF lead, then connect the wire to the SP-DIF input on the card and now you'll have multi-channel audio over HDMI HDCP v1.3 connection we just made.
BFG will intro this product overclocked for you at default. Yet high-end or not, it comes with the luxuries that they always offer. Inside the USA you'll receive a full life-time warranty, which is just a really nice feature. Outside the US you are limited to 10 years warranty; which is still bloody fantastic. Mind you that if you purchase a BFG product then please within 30 days register yourself at the BFG website in order to activate that warranty. This is a new policy recently introduced. Don't forget to do so.
Though chances are that you will not use this on a 640 USD costing product, BFG recently introduced a Trade-Up styled after eVGA. Up-to 100 days after the purchase of a new BFG graphics card you are eligible to trade in your graphics card for a newer model, you only pay the difference in cost.
Small side-note you need to be aware of, the value of the BFG graphics card you trade in will be based off of the pre-determined MSRP of the card in question at the time you apply for the trade-up so the value of your BFG product will probably be worth less after a few months.
Again mind you that if you purchase a BFG product then please within 30 days register yourself at the BFG website in order to activate that warranty & rights for the Trade-up program. This is a new policy recently introduced.
BFG have worked their magic again and teamed up with the guys and gals from CoolLIT systems, a company designing sometimes awkward yet always interesting cooling products. As such BFG released two products based on CoolIT's cooling; here at Guru3D we will test and review the BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC (limited edition), that's a self-contained easy to install liquid cooling solution preinstalled onto the GeForce GTX 295 filled with coolant and everything; this kit has a 120mm fan, radiator, pump, graphics card cooling block, tubing and reservoir all ready to be inserted into the PC for some tender love and care in your gaming experience.
BFG GeForce GTX 295 H20 review (water cooling)
BFG is the first to bring a liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 295 to the market. As extravagant liquid cooling a GeForce GTX 295 really is, the end results in cooling performance, gaming performance and the incredible aesthetics a product like this offers is extraordinary. So in this article we'll chat a little about the GTX 295 technology, then have a look at BFG's bundle, a really extensive photo-shoot, look at performance with the hottest games available, overclock it until it nearly dies... and then sum it all up in our verdict.
BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCX review
We'll look at BFG finest GeForce GTX 285 offering. See, just like many of NVIDIA's board partners BFG offers the product in several flavors. The offer their regular OC edition, yet also OC+, OC2 and OCX editions. They've got quite a range. We'll explain the difference over the next few pages. Let us have a peek of what's under the hood of the BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCX.
BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX review
OCX is short for 'Overclocking eXtreme' and it literally boils down to the fact that this is BFG's most high-end specced product in whatever the product range might be. Today we take the fastest NVIDIA graphics card available on the planet. The GeForce GTX 280. A 1400 million transistor counting piece of merchandise that raises the bar of single-GPU graphics processing.