VGA Card Buyer's Guide 07/2003

BFG Technology

BFG Technology has focused all its energies on distributing graphics cards with NVIDIA chipsets. The US-based manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on its cards and free support (24 hours a day, seven days a week) through emails or a toll-free hotline (in the US). No other manufacturer even comes close to this level of service.

BFG Asylum GeForceFX 5600 256 MB AGP

The unusual thing about the BFG Asylum GeForceFX 5600 is its rather large 256 MB of memory. In a real world scenario, though, the board is no better than one of its 128 MB counterparts. With its limited performance, it can't make full use of the theoretical advantages of a 256 MB card (4x FSAA with 1600x1200 in games with considerable texture details). What's more, the RAM is clocked to be slower than NVIDIA's reference clock speed (325/ 500 MHz instead of 325/ 550 MHz).