BFG GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB OCX review -
1 - An OC Xtreme introduction
BFG GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB OCX edition
It was no joke when NVIDIA launched their GeForce 9800 GTX on April the 1st, and they did so with success. While nothing rather new from a technological or performance point of view, we did notice two very important facts with the release. The first is a reasonably priced strategy for a product performing as well as a 8800 GTX, the second .. pretty hefty overclocking headroom.
That last factor, (pushing cards faster than they are intended for) ever since the last couple of years, has been a growing market for manufacturers and board-partners like BFG. They offer you a pretty extensive line of products with several gradations on the product clock-speed. You know them for their OC and OC2 version, yet recently an OCX version was introduced as well. I'm assuming here that the X in OCX means serious business and equals "eXtreme".
Today we are going to review a card from the OCX model. Pretty much, BFG took the reference GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB and made sure the card you are purchasing will function at a pretty hefty default overclock, while maintaining your warranty. Since BFG offer a life-time warranty in the US and 10 years in the rest of the world that is just a tremendous combo.
So over the next few pages we'll dive into the technology behind the BFG GeForce 9800 GTX OCX. We'll strip it nekked, take photo's and obviously will take an in-depth look at its' performance and then overclock it even a little further to see if we can make it sweat. I can tell you this though, the GeForce 9800 GTX OCX model does look good.
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