Originally Posted by silenthill
If you go on eBay now you will find a lot of BFG cards listed for spares and parts, I really feel sorry for these guys because some of these cards were bought for around 450£ like the 9800 GX2 but that's just how the computer industry is and there is no one immune.
It's criminal man.
I've said it elsewhere, but people are beginning to find out now how bad heat will screw components. Obviously when the 8800GTX and higher products released every one went "wow these get hot !" but they did not see what serious implications that has on the internal components.
When I got my 280GTX the temps scared the crap out of me. I know every one was saying it was fine and that the card could operate up to 107C but it obviously wasn't fine because it died 7 months in. And it was the bad driver that caused it and I lost £50 when I got skanked by the place I got it from (I got a 5770 for the trade in, seriously bad).
BFG were known for their massive clock speeds and warranty. You over paid so that you didn't have to get your hands dirty and it was all backed up with a solid warranty. But when you're being handed bummy cards (in more than one way !) you can only go on dealing them for so long.
Problem was the 8800 GTX knocked ATI for six. They had ruled the roost with the 9700 and 9800 for so long that Nvidia came from nowhere. The 9800GX2 was faster than the 3870x2 (though admittedly far more expensive) so people all rushed out to buy those. God, imagine if you dropped a bolack on a BFG 295? What were they? £650 or something mental?
My bowels would be loosening as we speak.