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Old April 8, 2009, 06:23 PM
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BFG and Thermalright. Need I say more?

In this review we take a look at the new BFG 9800 GT 512MB ThermoIntelligence Passive Cooling video card and all it has to offer. Let me tell you, this is one review that had me at odds with my own thoughts.

One other thing: sorry for the older drivers and games tested. This review has been pretty much done for a few weeks now but I could only post it now. One way or another, performance hasn't been affected too much in the last few WHQL driver releases from Nvidia and ATI.

You can find the review here: BFG 9800 GT 512MB ThermoIntelligence Passive Cooling Review

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Old April 8, 2009, 06:43 PM
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Well now... isn't that a cool (pun intended... :) ) piece of kit. Are there any other off-the-shelf passive solutions (I'm thinking probably ATI) that come close to this kind of gaming performance?

Quick question on the lack of DVI - HDMI adapter... do you know if those adapters are an industry standard? (i.e. would an ATI adapter work on this card?)
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Sapphire HD 4670 Ultimate 512MB Passive Video Card Review

Better for HTPC/Media but not as good at gaming. However its far cooler than the 9800GT under full load.

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Haven't seen it @ NCIX yet but:
HIS HD 4670 iSilence 4 1GB (128bit) DDR3 PCIe < HD 4600 Series < Desktop Graphics < Products | HIS Graphic Cards
Should perform better than the Sapphire Ultimate
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Old April 8, 2009, 07:24 PM
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BFG didn't do a great job picking a card to passively cool. I think that if they want to passively cool, they should stick with the lower end cards. Overall excellent review. One down, tons more to go!
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BFG didn't do a great job picking a card to passively cool. I think that if they want to passively cool, they should stick with the lower end cards. Overall excellent review. One down, tons more to go!
I think that's the point though.... This is a fairly serious gaming card for an HTPC, or maybe for somebody in a dorm who needs a fairly quiet computer so they don't disturb their roommates.
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I think that's the point though.... This is a fairly serious gaming card for an HTPC, or maybe for somebody in a dorm who needs a fairly quiet computer so they don't disturb their roommates.
HAHA, true, but most students don't have extra money to buy that passive heatsink. Also, most students get laptops now for portability. Most dorms barely have enough room for a tower now anyway. I see your point, but IMHO performance comes at the cost of noise.
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Heh... I brought my Highspeed Techstation with me on my last course with the military..... I don't think my roommate appreciated having it running all night long folding for the cause.... :)
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The thing I'm mostly impressed about is they FINALLY made that cooler work on TOP of the card not the bottom.

GG Thermalright.
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Well now... isn't that a cool (pun intended... :) ) piece of kit. Are there any other off-the-shelf passive solutions (I'm thinking probably ATI) that come close to this kind of gaming performance?
How about MORE performance? I have one of those on the test bench as we speak. Check out the price versus the BFG card.

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Quick question on the lack of DVI - HDMI adapter... do you know if those adapters are an industry standard? (i.e. would an ATI adapter work on this card?)
Yes for audio. However, since Nvidia cards don't process audio over the PCI-E bus and through the GPU, you would still need an S/PDIF connector and a mobo / audio card with the necessary header.
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The thing I'm mostly impressed about is they FINALLY made that cooler work on TOP of the card not the bottom.

GG Thermalright.
Wasn't it always compatible with two mounting methods?
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