BFG Tech has made a name for itself by offering higher-than-stock clock speeds on virtually all of its graphics cards. Curiously, though, the company's GeForce 8800 GTS isn't "overclocked in the box." Yes, the GPU's 513MHz core clock is just a smidge higher than the 500MHz Nvidia recommends, but its memory actually runs a tad slower than the 800MHz prescribed by Nvidia, at 792MHz—an effective 1.58GHz once we take DDR's clock-doubling effect into account. Don't get too excited, though; that looks to be the de facto standard for GTS cards. Our stock-clocked PNY GeForce 8800 GTS also has a 513MHz core and 792MHz memory clock, and we'd expect all GTS cards to follow suit.
With Nvidia selling finished reference cards to its add-in board partners, BFG's GeForce 8800 GTs looks just like everyone else's. Well, apart from the brooding Mr. Clean sticker on the heatsink, that is. I'm not quite sure what BFG is getting at with the sticker—perhaps that the card's performance is so beyond your comprehension that it will give you a headache—but it definitely sets the card apart.
Like every other GTS, this BFG model has a single six-pin PCIe power connector, a pair of dual-link DVI outputs, and a video port capable of standard and high-definition output.
BFG complements the card's output ports with a small collection of cables, including a couple of DVI-to-VGA adapters, a molex power adapter, and a video dongle. The video dongle only features component outputs, but you can plug an S-Video cable directly into the card's video output port.
Of course, the gravy train of extras doesn't end there. BFG also throws in a pack of Teflon mouse feet and a rather nice black t-shirt. I've actually used BFG's Teflon pads on some older mice, and they work pretty well. I'd wear the shirt, too, if it weren't an extra large. That's a little big for my frame, but probably just right for the stereotypical North American gamer.
The average gamer should also know what BFG stands for, but for those who don't, there's a helpful sticker in the box. Unfortunately, I'm far too out of touch with today's 1337 gamers to have any clue what OMGWTFBFGSAUCE is, but I assume it's spicy.
While BFG includes plenty of extras with its GeForce 8800 GTS, you don't get much in the way of software—just a driver CD. There's also an interesting note suggesting that instead of returning a defective card to the place of purchase, you should contact BFG directly. Apparently, BFG would rather you deal with their customer support than that of a retailer, and based on the experiences I've had with retailer support, that's probably a good idea. BFG offers free 24/7 technical support with the card via a toll-free number, and when combined with the company's lifetime warranty, that's quite a lifeline.
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