Modern graphics cards sport a wealth of custom and stock cooling devices, but very few of them do away with fans altogether—unless you're shopping at the bottom of the bargain bin, that is. BFG Tech apparently wants to mix things up a little, because it's introduced a passively cooled version of Nvidia's popular GeForce 9800 GT.
BFG's GeForce 9800 GT 512MB with ThermoIntelligence Passive Cooling Solution (a.k.a. BFGE98512GTHE) has the same specifications as all stock 9800 GTs: 112 stream processors, a 600MHz core speed, a 256-bit memory interface, and 512MB of GDDR3 memory ticking at 900MHz. However, the only cooling device visible at the front of the card is a little block covering the GPU with heat pipes poking out the top. Those heat pipes hook up to a large, passive heatsink that covers much of the back area.
The card presumably uses a 55nm graphics processor, so assuming it ends up in a well-ventilated machine, passive cooling probably isn't such an impractical idea. Besides, BFG covers this puppy with a lifetime or 10-year warranty if you register within 30 days of your purchase.
BFG's new card has already popped up on Newegg, and it looks like there's a hefty premium associated with it. Newegg charges $159.99, even though some 9800 GTs are available for as little as $110. Incidentally, $160 is more than what many speedier Radeon HD 4850s cost. (Thanks to Fudzilla for the tip.)
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