When Nvidia and AMD unveil new graphics processors, most card makers prefer to pair them with stock coolers (or at least equivalent solutions). Occasionally, though, one company wanders away from the pack and uses a more outlandish cooling scheme. That's the case for BFG Tech, which has introduced a GeForce 9800 GTX graphics card designed to fit liquid cooling systems out of the box.
Instead of a heatsink and fan, the GeForce 9800 GTX H2OC 512MB features a water block with 1/2" and 3/8" fittings BFG says accommodate "most liquid cooling systems." The water block supports two- and three-way SLI configurations, as well. Counting on liquid cooling to handle the extra heat output, BFG took the opportunity to overclock the card from the stock 675MHz core and 1688MHz shader speeds to a respective 780MHz and 1944MHz.
BFG claims its card can run up to 28°C cooler with liquid cooling than with the reference Nvidia heatsink. That's due not just to the higher efficiency of liquid cooling, the company explains, but also to the fact that each 9800 GTX H2OC 512MB "is hand-built by a trained BFG technician using Arctic Silver thermal compound."