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BFG Tech: We're Done with Graphics Cards

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BFG Technologies said that it's leaving the graphics card business.

BFG Technologies said Tuesday that it has decided to pack its bags and leave the graphics card arena for an undetermined time. The news is quite a shock, as it was assumed that a good chunk of its revenue stemmed from the sales of its beefed up GPU solutions. However the company will now focus its efforts on selling its line of BFG Tech power supplies, the Deimos gaming notebooks, and the Phobos gaming systems.

"After eight years of providing innovative, high-quality graphics cards to the market, we regret to say that this category is no longer profitable for us, although we will continue to evaluate it going forward," said John Slevin, chairman of BFG Technologies in a statement. "We will continue to provide our award-winning power supplies and gaming systems, and are working on a few new products as well. I'd like to stress that we will continue to provide RMA support for our current graphics card warranty holders, as well as for all of our other products such as power supplies, PCs and notebooks."

For those who own a BFG card and it's still under warranty, that means you'll have access to telephone and email support. But as it stands now, BFG will no longer bring new graphics card products to the market--not even boards based on ATI GPUs. After serving as a Nvidia-exclusive card manufacturer for almost a decade, this could be a polite way of BFG announcing that--at this point in time--revenue just isn't possible using the current crop of Nvidia chips.

For many long-time customers, this is a sad day. BFG Technologies was well-known for its warranties, customer service, and stable overclocked Nvidia-based hardware.

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    Greg_77 , May 18, 2010 8:59 PM
    I was wondering if Nvidia-exclusive card manufacturers would be affected by Fermi's lateness and high energy consumption :( 
    Wonder how Evga is doing?
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    IzzyCraft , May 18, 2010 9:03 PM
    Greg_77I was wondering if Nvidia-exclusive card manufacturers would be affected by Fermi Wonder how Evga is doing?

    Yeah BFG and EVGA are two of the best because of warranty, service and step up programs.
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    campb292 , May 18, 2010 9:07 PM
    I am an nvidia fanboy who owns a 5850 right now. Fermi just wasn't ready. You can debate back and forth about Fermi vs the 5000 series as far as heat, performance, power consumption, etc.

    This is proof number one that nvidia really missed the target on Fermi. The biggest failure a business is designing something so poorly it puts people out of business. (not that BFG is out of business, but a big part of that business has failed)
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    brett1042002 , May 18, 2010 8:58 PM
    :( 
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    Greg_77 , May 18, 2010 8:59 PM
    I was wondering if Nvidia-exclusive card manufacturers would be affected by Fermi's lateness and high energy consumption :( 
    Wonder how Evga is doing?
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    lauxenburg , May 18, 2010 9:00 PM
    Kind of liked BFG although I never had one of their cards. Good cards on the cheap for the most part.
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    stratplaya , May 18, 2010 9:01 PM
    Sad. I rarely needed tech support but BFGs was great.

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    dunderklumpton , May 18, 2010 9:03 PM
    "this could be a polite way of BFG announcing that--at this point in time--revenue just isn't possible using the current crop of Nvidia chips."

    i.e. Were scared of having to RMA all those Factory-OC'd Fermi cards once they cook.
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    IzzyCraft , May 18, 2010 9:03 PM
    Greg_77I was wondering if Nvidia-exclusive card manufacturers would be affected by Fermi Wonder how Evga is doing?

    Yeah BFG and EVGA are two of the best because of warranty, service and step up programs.
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    Honis , May 18, 2010 9:06 PM
    BFG Tech has 7 cards at newegg and only 1 of those is a high performance card (but it's sold out). I think this has been in the works for a while.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048+50001883&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&Subcategory=48&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&srchInDesc=
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    campb292 , May 18, 2010 9:07 PM
    I am an nvidia fanboy who owns a 5850 right now. Fermi just wasn't ready. You can debate back and forth about Fermi vs the 5000 series as far as heat, performance, power consumption, etc.

    This is proof number one that nvidia really missed the target on Fermi. The biggest failure a business is designing something so poorly it puts people out of business. (not that BFG is out of business, but a big part of that business has failed)
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    thestrangebrew , May 18, 2010 9:08 PM
    I've never used their products, always been an evga guy and my most recent build has an xfx in it. But it is an interesting question as to how evga is doing.
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    nukemaster , May 18, 2010 9:09 PM
    Signs of the times. At least they are still able to honor RMA's and continue as a company. This is better then many companies that had to fully close there doors.
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    CptTripps , May 18, 2010 9:14 PM
    I purchased BFG products, sad to see them go in the vidcard market.
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    CyberAngel , May 18, 2010 9:14 PM
    Fermi simply runs way too hot for overclocking...it IS ALREADY overclocked
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    cabose369 , May 18, 2010 9:16 PM
    I have always bought BFG Tech cards and they have been awesome to me.

    However there decision to stop makes sense. No one wants to pay for Nvidia's overpriced Fermi crap. ATI cards can match the performance in almost every case at a far lesser price. Why people would still buy NVIDIA is beyond me.

    Even XFX now sells ATI cards when they used to be exclusive NVIDIA.

    It is a sad day for us that liked and used BFG cards.

    However my current BFG Tech NNVIDIA GT275 OC will be the last NVIDIA graphics card I own for a while. It will be ATI from here on out for the next while.
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    da_syentist , May 18, 2010 9:19 PM
    they should have do what XFX is doing, stay away from fermi and start selling ATI !
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    HansVonOhain , May 18, 2010 9:27 PM
    I used to like BFG. I owned a 6600gt from them, boy that was a great card.
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    nforce4max , May 18, 2010 9:31 PM
    I currently own two of their cards, 8600gts (dead) and a 9800gt 1gb (55nm blue pcb). I wont miss their high prices.
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    flyinfinni , May 18, 2010 9:41 PM
    Its too bad. Still have my BFG 7300GT running well. Shows how much things can affect a company.
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    rooket , May 18, 2010 9:41 PM
    I see the end of nvidia/ati releasing $600+ graphics cards coming up soon next. Gluttony can't last forever.
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    webbwbb , May 18, 2010 9:44 PM
    This is quite surprising. I don't recall seeing their name on anything BUT video cards. Definitely a bad sign when your largest division is no longer profitable.
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    mattfoo2324 , May 18, 2010 9:49 PM
    Yet another victim of the monster that is Fermi.
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