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BFG's Passively Cooled 9800GT, Still Big

Apparently, BFG has released a passively cooled 9800 GT card to US online retailers without officially announcing its shipment.

According to TechPowerUp, both Newegg.com and Directron.com both list BFG's passively cooled 9800GT graphics card. Now the card has appeared on BFG's site, listed as the GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB PCIe with TermoIntelligece Passive Cooling solution. The board is an impressive sight, bearing no mounted fan, but rather a quad heat pipe cooler mounted on top of the processor like some kind of brain eating alien. The card features a core clock of 600 MHz, a shader clock of 1500 MHz, and supports shader model 4.0. The card's texture fill rate clocks in around 33.6 billion/sec. with stream processors at 112.

Additionally, the BFG Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB offers 512 MB (duh!) of GDDR3 video memory clocking at 1800 MHz. The card also features a 256-bit memory interface and a bandwidth of 57.6 GB/sec. The card supports the PCI Express 2.0 slot, but the specs show that it will also run on PCI Express x16 slot. It also requires two additional vacant slots above the PCI-E slot, as it physically takes up three slots. The target PC will need a 425W PCI Express-compliant system power supply with a combined 12V current rating of 28A or more (Minimum system power requirement based on a PC configured with an Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor).

Newegg's website lists BFG's card as BFGE98512GTHE, selling for $159.99. The card comes packed with a free copy of Call of Duty: World at War, and also includes a DVI to VGA adapter, a HDTV (component) breakout cable, a dual 4-pin Molex to single 6-pin PCI Express power adapter and the driver disk. The card supports DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1, SLI, and features two DVI-I ports and HDTV+S-Video Out ports. The card can output resolutions up to 2560 x 1600.

  • trevorvdw
    Hmmm or you could buy a 4830 + an Accelero for less money and have a faster card that is also silent :)
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  • Silluete
    u can always get better option with ati (no fanboy here)
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  • The_Blood_Raven
    To be fair you can get ANY single GPU and put an accelero on it. Reapplying the thermal paste itself will make a huge difference in cooling.
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  • TheFace
    Don't these support Physx too?
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  • cletus_slackjawd
    this is really cool. BFG is an awesome company. Comes with a game and lots of hookup components, great for a mid-size HTPC that doubles as a game computer.
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  • cabose369
    go BFG.. love their stuff.
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  • falchard
    Why no memory heatsinks? What if I plan to overclock that?
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  • JeanLuc
    falchardWhy no memory heatsinks? What if I plan to overclock that?
    Anyone who wants to overclock their GPU wouldn't buy a passive video card solution. It's meant for those consumers who like to play game but hate noise caused by loud screaming fans.

    If that picture is correct then this card has the daintiest cooling solution I've ever seen for a video card. Very cute.
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  • Pei-chen
    JeanLucAnyone who wants to overclock their GPU wouldn't buy a passive video card solution. It's meant for those consumers who like to play game but hate noise caused by loud screaming fans.If that picture is correct then this card has the daintiest cooling solution I've ever seen for a video card. Very cute.Heatsink is on the back, meaning facing up if installed in a traditional case.
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  • m3kt3k
    Yes I think all new Nvidia cards have PhysX.
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