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BFG Announces Liquid Cooled Nvidia GPUs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 3 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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    LePhuronn , 6 August 2009 03:49
    Nice idea, but if it works like Corsair's H50 then you need to have the fan to suck cool external air into the case over the radiator, and if you SLI the bugger then you have 2 or 3 120mm case slots used up, limiting your options for fans left to blow.

    Case full of hot air anybody?

    I was looking at using the Corsair H50 in a Silverstone Raven but ran into just this problem - with a case geared up to send air bottom-to-top, having the top 120mm fan sucking air back into the case will screw with the convection design big time, and I can see these BFGs doing the same.
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    Vascular , 6 August 2009 19:24
    Wonder how the life time warranty works with the pump?
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    LePhuronn , 6 August 2009 19:28
    VascularWonder how the life time warranty works with the pump?

    I would expect it to be covered - it's all a single, sealed unit and therefore cannot be user serviced.

    Whether reality reflects my expectations is yet to be seen.