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jnd3
10-28-02, 01:43 PM
Hey all,

Anyone out there got their hands on one of the new BFG Asylum cards? Or maybe even a pointer to a review somewhere? I can't even find a web page for BFT Tech anywhere, either! I'm curious how they stack up against some of the other manufacturers out there. The 128 MB 4200 card was going for $179 at Best Buy in this week's ad (which seems pretty comparable to some of the online vendors for a similar card).

Cheers,
JND

saturnotaku
10-28-02, 01:51 PM
I have a very sneaking suspicion that this card maker is Visiontek in disguise. I've seen the boxes for that card at BB as well. I noticed how their contact address is in Lake Bluff, IL, which isn't very far at all from Gurnee (Visiontek's current/former HQ). Furthermore, I've not seen any new Visiontek cards in stock at local retailers in quite a while and all of a sudden this "new" maker shows up?

It's just a theory, and if it indeed is the company formerly known as Visiontek, I wouldn't worry about the quality of the card. :)

jnd3
10-28-02, 03:19 PM
Hmmm. Now that you mention it, the box DOES look rather familiar. And looking at Best Buy's web site, it appears that BFG, PNY and eVGA all have about the same box design (all of which look like the boxes from the manufacturer formerly known as VisionTek).

Ahhh, well, I've waited this long, I might as well just wait for the NV30... ;)

Cheers,
JND

saturnotaku
10-28-02, 03:27 PM
eVGA and PNY are completely different companies, just so you know. eVGA makes their cards out of California and PNY is from Taiwan. Visiontek made/makes all their cards in my neck of the woods (NE Illinois). :)

You probably should wait for the NV30 because that way prices on the R9700 and GF4 Ti's should drop even more than they already have. :D

jnd3
10-28-02, 03:55 PM
Oh, right, I know that BFG, PNY and eVGA are separate companies. But their boxes are strangely alike...

http://images.bestbuy.com/images/esku/angle/11183716anA.jpg

http://images.bestbuy.com/images/esku/angle/11180024anA.jpg

http://images.bestbuy.com/images/esku/angle/11161710anA.jpg

Cheers,
JND

saturnotaku
10-28-02, 04:16 PM
Ah, gotcha. I wasn't quite sure what you meant, and I honestly hadn't noticed how similar those boxes look. Now that you've put them all together, it's pretty weird how much alike they are. :)

Lezmaka
10-28-02, 08:48 PM
BFG Tech was founded by some former Visiontek people, and are using the same kind of channels as Visiontek to get their stuff out, so in a way, you could call it Visiontek in disguise.

Here's an article HardOCP did about em.

http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MzU1

SnakeEyes
10-29-02, 07:47 AM
Now that the mystery about BFG is cleared up, let's try to explain the box art similarities. Actually, the art itself is completely different (other than all being scifi-tech oriented), it's the right hand portions that are the same. IMO, the most likely reason is probably that nVidia had some sort of reference graphics provided to the card manufacturers for use on any nVidia-based products' boxes (notice that it includes the nV logos and such..).

jnd3
10-29-02, 01:06 PM
And all that stuff is well and good (more of a diversion than anything else)...I was actually just curious if anyone had the card or had reviewed it yet. :D But thanks for the pointer to the article, etc.

Cheers,
JND