Designed new from the ground up, this single-slot cooler aims to strike a nice balance between superior cooling and acceptable noise levels. Popping the plastic ThermoIntelligence shroud reveals why. No Interruptions Day Shortbread. Customize The Tech Report It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. As one might expect, this card comes factory “overclocked,” boasting respective core and memory speeds of MHz and MHz.
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Bfb the fan away from the middle of the card allows BFG to put more cooling fins directly over the GPU, where they’re needed most. But other manufacturers have their own cooling solutions, too, and ThermoIntelligence already has plenty of competition.
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That alone speaks volumes about the mix of performance and features that the GTS brings to the table. To put it into context, let’s see how it compares side-by-side with Nvidia’s reference cooler. Both are nice perks, although the BFG is no longer the only graphics card manufacturer offering lifetime warranty coverage.
In fact, this ThermoIntelligence design is so subtle that you might not give yt a second glance just sitting there on the card.
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In addition to its trick cooler, the OC2 comes with a standard array tedh cables, including VGA adapters for its two DVI outputs and a component video output dongle. What’s more, BFG claims the design bestows even greater benefits upon the second card in SLI configurations, which can run up to 11 degrees cooler with ThermoIntelligence than with Nvidia’s standard heatsink.
Custom graphics coolers are nothing new, of course, but BFG’s approach is unique in both its tsch and its single-slot footprint.
However, it might’ve been nice to see some DVD playback software in the box or perhaps a full version of a game we’d actually like to play, especially since the OC2 is among the pricier GTS cards on the market. Designed new from the ground up, this single-slot cooler aims to strike a nice balance between superior cooling and acceptable noise levels.
Customize The Tech Report A driver CD nvivia included in the box, and although it contains some BFG desktop wallpapers for fanboys, that’s about it for extras. We’re not particularly fond of needlessly bundled software, so the lack of outdated games and otherwise free-to-download demos isn’t a worry. Instead, nvodia sports a custom cooling solution of BFG’s own design that the company reckons is far superior to what Nvidia offers.
GPU temperatures aren’t the only consideration for graphics coolers, though. Popping the plastic ThermoIntelligence shroud reveals why. If you’re unfamiliar with the graphics tech behind the family, I suggest you read our initial review of the line.
It takes a discerning eye to spot those attributes, though, because the OC2 looks rather like a standard reference design.
BFG calls its new cooler ThermoIntelligence, and they’ve whipped up a whole website extolling its virtues. That makes a lot of sense, and BFG says it’s good for a five-degree drop in GPU temperatures when compared with the reference cooler. There isn’t much to see on the software front.
Nvidia’s mid-range reference coolers have generally been pretty marginal, so there’s certainly room for improvement. BFG’s new ThermoIntelligence cooler. Steam names the best-selling games of Neutronbeam Zak, you know you can’t validate any of the above details without first throwing It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. As you can see, the two cooler are roughly the same size.
The OC2 has another ace up its sleeve, though: