BFG Geforce 6800 OC

Written by John Chen    Wednesday, 29 September 2004 11:00
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Introduction


BFG is a fairly new company that established themselves in the computer industry rather quickly.  They are well known for their friendly and responsive technical support and customer service.  BFG is the only video card company that offers lifetime warranty on their video cards.  A lifetime warranty!  A video card doesn't even last a lifetime.  Of course there are certain rules that you have to follow, such as no overclocking.  Overclocking, as we all know, voids all kinds of warranties.  Not only that, their technical support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Why do they do this?  That is because most of BFG employees are gamers and enthusiasts, just like us.  They recognize the consumer's needs.  Today, we have the BFG Geforce 6800 OC video card up for review.  The "OC" does not stand for the ever-so-popular-who-knows-why TV show.  It stands for "OverClocking."  As mentioned, overclocking does void manufacturer warranty, but BFG has overclocked the card for us.  The good news is, the warranty is still intact.  The bad news, well, there aren't any when the card is already pumped up and ready to go. 

We all know that the Geforce 6800 series is Nvidia's new generation comeback kid.  It is the first video card to support Shader Model 3.0.  There were glimpses in the Far Cry v1.2 patch of what the new SM3.0 was capable of.  Unfortunately, Ubisoft pulled it off due to bugs with ATI video cards.  The majority of you know the 6800GT is possibly the best performance/price ratio video card today.  It has the full 16 pipelines, just like the 6800 Ultra, but with a price tag $100 less.  The only difference between the GT and the Ultra lies within the clock speeds.  The slower clocks can easily be remedied by overclocking, provided that you have good cooling.  This, of course, is good news to the enthusiasts.  We'd all love to save that $100 and still get the performance.  What about saving another $100 and going with the vanilla 6800?  That, my friends, is what we're going to find out.