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Fast becoming a trend, BFG eschews added extras in favor of the bare essentials. In this case, that means oodles of documentation covering everything from installation to the lifetime warranty, a pair of case badges, driver CD, DVI to VGA/D-sub adapter, DVI to HDMI adapter, Molex-to-6pin power adapter, HDTV cable, and an S/PDIF cable. And as with all GeForce GTX 285 videocards, Newegg is currently offering Call of Duty: World at War for free with purchase.
High-end videocards don't often stray from the reference cooling apparatus, and that's certainly the case here. BFG sticks with the two-slot cooling shroud found on every GTX 285 in existence, adding its own custom graphic. Barring a new ATX standard, the poor fella has no idea that he and his hot hands are forever destined to face the floor once installed inside a gaming rig.
One thing we should point out is that while BFG blazed the trail for lifetime warranties for GPUs, both XFX and EVGA now take it a step further and allow users to swap the heatsink/fan for a third-party solution. While the benefit may be negligible in this case (the stock heatsink/fan works extremely well, and is a bear to remove without causing physical damage), we'd still like to see BFG offer its customers similar flexibility.
No surprises here - DisplayPort is MIA, and instead Nvidia's GTX 285 calls for two DVI ports and an S-Video port. Also note that BFG includes a DVI to HDMI adapter, which is a boon to anyone planning on using this card in a home theater environment. Ever tried gaming on a ginormous LCD HDTV? Mmmmm...
Your last high-end videocard may have sported an 8-pin power connector, but not this one. Instead, the GTX 285 requires two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors, and BFG recommends a 575W PSU with a combined +12V rail rating of 42A or higher. If buying name-brand, you could probably get away with a lower wattage unit (pay attention to the +12V rating), but for a high-end gaming machine, we imagine you had been eyeballing a beefier model to begin with.
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