Closer Look at BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC
Package and Accessories
This product comes to retail in a standard box that can fit into any bag. It is hard to say anything about the design: on one hand, the designers have tried to make it simple and stern as that of EVGA products but could not help adorning the face panel with an odd Fantomas-like character.
The interface type and the amount of graphics memory are indicated as technical features. It is not actually important to indicate the former feature because AGP is obsolete and top-end cards are not produced with PCI interface anymore. BFG should be given credit for not making the common mistake of many graphics card manufacturers that write DDR3 instead of GDDR3. These memory types are both used in modern graphics cards, so there can be potential confusion.
The box is made from thin cardboard. Inside it there is a thick cardboard tray the graphics card lies in, in a blister wrap. Besides the card, the box contains the following accessories:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter;
- 2x4-pin Molex → 1x6-pin PCIe adapter;
- Brief installation instructions;
- User’s manual;
- BFG logo stickers;
- CD disk with drivers and multi-lingual user’s manual.
The accessories are rather scanty. There is no DVI-I → HDMI adapter that is becoming a standard accessory of modern graphics cards. It is necessary for Nvidia’s solutions to output audio via HDMI using an internal S/PDIF cable. Well, BFG does not position this product as a multimedia one and you will see one more indication of that shortly.
An advertising BFG leaflet is included into the box. You can register the card at the address indicated in the leaflet within 30 days after the purchase to obtain a lifetime warranty for the card.
Thus, the packaging of the BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC might be criticized for the sloppy design while its accessories are too scanty to allow for all possible usage scenarios. For example, you won’t be able to use the card out of the box in a HTPC that must provide for listening to music, watching high-resolution video and playing modern games at 1080p resolution because you will need a DVI-I → HDMI adapter and S/PDIF cable for that. This adapter and cable do not cost much and we guess they might be included with every fast graphics card.
We will now discuss the design and specifications of the GeForce GTX 275 card.