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BFG Announces Liquid Cooled Nvidia GPUs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 28 comments

Liquid cooling for your video card ready from the factory.

Liquid cooling, even though far more efficient than just air cooling, is often a hassle. Outfitting a video card with liquid cooling is usually a more intensive ordeal than working with the CPU – which is where BFG comes in with its announcement of pre-built, liquid cooled Nvidia GPUs.

BFG will be rolling out the GeForce GTX 285 H2O+ and GeForce GTX 295 H2OC graphics cards with "ThermoIntelligence Advanced Cooling Solutions," a fully assembled, self-contained liquid cooling solution right out of the box designed by CoolIT.

The cooling systems on the GTX 285 H2O+ and GTX 295 H2OC are designed to be maintenance-free, never need refilling and easily install into most systems. Users will be able to choose from three different system speed settings to control acoustics and performance—Auto, Quiet, and Maximum.

"We’re very excited to be the first company to bring this type of professional grade advanced cooling solution to PC enthusiasts," said John Malley, senior director of marketing for BFG Technologies. "The BFG ThermoIntelligence Advanced Cooling Solutions provide customers a way to get all of the benefits of liquid cooling their graphics cards right out of the box, without having to install a separate liquid cooling system that requires assembly, filling, and challenging maintenance from time to time."

The clock speeds of each card is as follows:

BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC

  • Memory: 1792MB (1.8GB) GDDR3
  • Core Clock: 675MHz (vs. 576MHz standard)
  • Shader Clock: 1458MHz (vs. 1242MHz standard)
  • Memory Data Rate: 2214MHz (vs. 1998MHz standard)
  • Processor Cores: 480 (combined)

BFG GeForce GTX 285 H2O+

  • Memory: 1024MB (1GB) GDDR3
  • Core Clock: 691MHz (vs. 648MHz standard)
  • Shader Clock: 1566MHz (vs. 1476MHz standard)
  • Memory Data Rate: 2592MHz (vs. 2484MHz standard)
  • Processor Cores: 240
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    unlicensedhitman , August 5, 2009 4:45 PM
    How do you SLI if you have 2 radiators with the fan mount on your case?
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    jerther , August 5, 2009 4:27 PM
    Soon we're going to need two seperate boxes for the CPU and the GPU :p 
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    alvine , August 5, 2009 4:36 PM
    will cost an arm and leg. can't wait for new graphic cards to come outttt
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    scooterlibby , August 5, 2009 4:40 PM
    I love that coolit is bringing the self contained thong to GPU's. Probably too expensive though. It would be nice if Coolit started selling the self contained water cooling unit as a standalone like they do with the Domino.
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    scooterlibby , August 5, 2009 4:41 PM
    Um while a self contained thing is kind of redundant, I meant "thing." :) 
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    unlicensedhitman , August 5, 2009 4:45 PM
    How do you SLI if you have 2 radiators with the fan mount on your case?
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    Conumdrum , August 5, 2009 5:03 PM
    It's as good as the H50 or other basic cooling systems with liquid. I don't expect any better temps than stock with this, but at least the loud fans will be gone.

    It's good for the high end watercooler because people will buy this and begin to look at real watercooling and it's benefits. They will migrate to high end watercooling, increasing the research, products, and availibility of high end water parts for people who already do real watercooling.

    Interesting entry-level cooling.
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    socalboomer , August 5, 2009 5:11 PM
    scooterlibbyI love that coolit is bringing the self contained thong to GPU's.

    self contained "thong"s are always a good thing. . .

    sorry - couldn't resist!
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    scook9 , August 5, 2009 5:27 PM
    this is interesting but will cost a lot and is only going to be practical in a case like the CM Stacker with all those 120mm mounts on the side panel, and then, installation will be a HUGE pain.....
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    warezme , August 5, 2009 5:33 PM
    I thought thong was catchier.
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    stradric , August 5, 2009 6:13 PM
    unlicensedhitmanHow do you SLI if you have 2 radiators with the fan mount on your case?


    Heh, seriously. It seems like they should just sell a self-contained SLI unit with 2 vid cards and one radiator.

    I like water cooling in concept only. The practicalities are just too much for me.
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    ravenware , August 5, 2009 6:46 PM
    Didn't sapphire do this ages ago?
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    Gin Fushicho , August 5, 2009 6:48 PM
    *cuts his left nut off* I hope thats enough to get more stuff like this in the future. I cant do my own water cooling.
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    MU_Engineer , August 5, 2009 6:57 PM
    scooterlibbyI love that coolit is bringing the self contained thong to GPU's. Probably too expensive though. It would be nice if Coolit started selling the self contained water cooling unit as a standalone like they do with the Domino.


    They do, albeit for the Radeon 4870 rather than NVIDIA cards.
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    rubix_1011 , August 5, 2009 7:25 PM
    Very cool concept, but I can see the people getting this; too much money and not enough intelligence to know there is something way better for the money, and they will botch up the install. There already is very little room in a PC case for these monster cards...having the ports at the back end is a bad idea...broken/cracked ports when 'shoving' them into a tight-fitting case...
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    scook9 , August 5, 2009 7:45 PM
    I doubt people paying for these cards will be cramming them into small cases....
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    ravenware , August 5, 2009 8:23 PM
    scook9I doubt people paying for these cards will be cramming them into small cases....

    Yeah I like the slim 1 slot water block cards that BFG has been putting out

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143200

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143159
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    wayneepalmer , August 5, 2009 8:37 PM
    I am wondering why they couldn't create an external mounting system for CPU's and GPU's that would allow you to connect extensions to the internal sockets in the PC case and have these units installed in a refrigerating chamber outside the case itself - say in something cryogenic. This would keep you away from condensation issues in the PC case and all those moving parts and no real dry-sealing system.
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    invlem , August 5, 2009 8:39 PM
    I think I'd rather wait for a die shrink and a new generation of chips, this is getting a bit excessive...
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    falchard , August 5, 2009 9:46 PM
    I don't like the messy process of replacing a heatsink on a video-card, so if it comes with a heatsink from the factory the better IMO.
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    dyson122 , August 5, 2009 10:59 PM
    Personally, I'd be willing to pay a reasonable premium (over the cost of GFX + water cooling) for a self contained, preassembled system such as this.
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