New BFG GeForce 8600 GTS has 'ThermoIntelligence'
BFG Tech has just launched a pair of GeForce 8600 GTS graphics cards that feature a new, custom-designed cooler. BFG thinks highly enough of this new cooler to give it its own branding—ThermoIntelligence—as well as its own website. The cooler doesn't look like anything out of the ordinary, but BFG claims it lowers peak GPU temperatures by 5°C compared to Nvidia's reference cooling apparatus. With double cards running in SLI mode, BFG says temperatures can be as much as 11°C lower than with the Nvidia reference. This extra cooling power has given BFG room to overclock its flagship GeForce 8600 GTS OC2 256MB from the reference core and memory speeds of 675MHz and 2000MHz to 720MHz and 2220MHz, respectively.
The OC2 card is already available over at Newegg for $239.99. As nice as its cooler might be, that's still a little pricey—especially when you can get a full-blown GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB for $279.99 (and $259.99 after a mail-in rebate). BFG Tech says it will also offer a version of its GeForce 8600 GTS OC graphics card with the same cooler as the pricier OC2 variant, though.