As embedded in your brain by now, today we'll be testing an actual final retail sample of the GeForce GTX 295, which originates from BFG. Obviously in the weeks to come we expect to see an OC model, though the discussion surrounding NVIDIA allowing board partners to overclock is still pending. Fact is (and our overclock results will prove that) there's a lot of headroom for faster clocks on this product.
The BFG GeForce GTX 295 as tested today therefore is 100% reference based. There's literally nothing different other than the sticker on the product. It's a frickin awesome product though. But it boils down the the standard reference based clock frequencies.:
Memory: 1792 MB (896 MB per GPU) at 999 MHz
Shaders processor: 240 per GPU, 480 in total @ 1242 MHz
Core frequency: 576 MHz (Texture and ROP units)
Bundled with BFG's GeForce GTX 295 is a truckload of cables and connectors. I really enjoyed seeing this, check it out:
GeForce GTX 295 1792 MB
2x 6-pin to Molex power cable
1x 6-pin to 8-pin power connector
manual / quick install guide
Hey cool stuff, BFG also includes a 6-pin to 8-pin converter. So if your PSU does not have an PCIe 8-pin connector, but does have 6-pin connectors... you are covered. Also a HDMI cable. Great stuff, you rarely see that included.
Also included is a small S/PDIF cable. You connect it to your mainboard or soundcard S/PDIF lead, then connect the wire to the S/PDIF input on the card and now you'll have multi-channel audio over the HDMI HDCP v1.3 connection we just made.
Warranty 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.
Trade-Up program Though chances are that you will not use this option on a product costing 499 USD, BFG recently introduced a Trade-Up program 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 bear in mind 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.
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