BFG Tech to sell 'overclocked' video cards
We've seen NVIDIA's Taiwanese partners try this from time to time, but I don't recall a major retail presence for "overclocked" graphics cards. BFG Tech is about to change that:
Lake Bluff, IL – (March 28, 2004) – BFG Technologies, Inc., a leading U.S.-based supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that their two newest cards, BFG GeForce™ FX 5900XT OC™ and BFG GeForce™ FX 5500 OC™ will be faster than standard cards with the same chipset due to BFG’s custom "out-of-the-box" overclocking.
The 5900XT OC will run at 420MHz with 735MHz memory (400/700MHz was standard when we reviewed the 5900 XT
.) The GeForce FX 5500 OC will run its GPU at 290MHz, up from the 270MHz default. List prices are $229 for the 5900XT OC and $149 for the 5500 OC, but I'd probably expect lower street prices.
Of course, chip yields and stable speeds get higher all the time, and graphics companies are constantly monkeying with product clock speeds and naming conventions in order to take advantage of this factespecially late in the product cycle. NVIDIA upped clock speeds on the GeForce PCX cards versus the GeForce FX, just because they could. I'm wondering whether other makers of NVIDIA-based cards will debut similar "overclocked" products or take a different route.