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BFG GeForce 8800 GT, 9600 GT, GTX 280 OCX

Factory overclocking and very effective coolers.

September 12, 2008

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A basic bundle should include: user's manual, software CD, DVI-to-VGA adapter, DVI-to-HMDI adapter, component (TV-out) adapter , external power splitter, and a HDMI cable for connecting a soundcard. Now let's see what other accessories are bundled with each card.

BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX 1024MB

The card comes with a full basic bundle (taking into account the 8-pin power splitter) plus an HDMI cable as a bonus. It must be noted that our old negative comments about an assortment of leaflets and papers instead of a single manual were taken into account and now we have it.

BFG GeForce 8800 GT OCX 512MB, BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX 512MB

A basic bundle. And a single manual instead of a pile of papers.


BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX 1024MB

Now that deserves some criticism. It's just not right to sell a top product with the price tag above 500 USD in a small box made of thin cardboard. Its walls crumple easily, so the box may turn into a mess in transit. The way the bundled components are arranged inside is even more disgusting: the card is put inside some DIY cardboard box, and the other components are just scattered in the remaining space. We'd have ignored this atrocity, if it had always been there! However, back in 2006 the company could ship its products in marvellous packages like this or that, or others. Alas, we can only establish a bitter fact that BFG is becoming more like a noname company from China in this respect. :( It's OK to save on packages, but everything has its limits.

BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX 512MB

All of the above applies here as well. These excellent cards are packed like... well, you get it. This seasoned and experienced American company has a devil-may-care attitude to how its products look. We are not living in 2000 now with its OEM sales, so manufacturers should pay much attention to packaging as well.

BFG GeForce 8800 GT OCX 512MB

Same here.

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