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Old 03-27-06, 10:45 PM   #37
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yep...If your card is dead, I'll sell you the one I have, It's only been used since March 8th...I bought a 7900GT
Thats alright, I already shipped it over to BFG for the RMA...
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Old 04-08-06, 05:42 PM   #38
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yay, got my replacement.. They gave me a 6800GT with the dual fan and copper heatsink (i had originally had the first bfg cards with the one fan ref design) Took me about 10 business days, from the second my replacement card left my hand at the ups center, till I plugged my replacement in my system . Took 5 business days to reach them, and BFG had the replacement out the door the day after they actually recieved my card... and back on my doorstep in a few days via UPS... nice!
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Old 04-09-06, 03:26 AM   #39
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Funny thing... i bought a used 6800GT OC AGP8X card from a friend last week that had it for only 2weeks after RMAing his regular 6800 AGP8X card, BFG sent him the GT model in return. Well, needless to say, it worked perfectly fine for him when he had it, but 3days after i took possession of it, out of the blue, it locked up on me in windows and i had to do a hard reboot. Next thing i know, i've got vertical lines during bootup and it gave me nothing but a black screen when in windows... mind you that this card was never OC'd and running at stock speeds(370/1000). It too had the all copper heat sink with twin LED fans, idle temps were at 60c and 72c under load... from what i hear, this heat sink is worse for cooling over the reference one fan design. I called it in for an RMA and now the card is on its way to BFG, hopefully i'll get a brand new replacement 6800GT AGP8X card, or better yet if they are completely out, a brand new 7800GS AGP8X card in return. I tell ya, theres something seriously wrong with the 6800GT models by BFG...so thank goodness for the lifetime warranty, i'll give them that. This kinda reminds me of the infamous vertical line pinkish/blue screens that the gainward ti4200 cards used to produce, all because of faulty pcb capacitors.
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Old 04-09-06, 04:56 PM   #40
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Honestly, I think ALL 6800GT's and Ultra's are cut it close even stock temp wise.. 60C idle, may mean in reality, after hours of playing temps rise closer to 90C.. Not necessarily a BFG fault...

Since all these vid cards now, and in the future seem to be hot runners, I'm probably going to stick with BFG and their lifetime warrenty.. Unless there is a drastic change and vid cards run drastically cooler, which they probably won't because every generation demands more processing power and ram. Lifetime warrenty on a $300-500 part is awesome.
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Old 04-09-06, 05:07 PM   #41
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yeh, from what i've seen all the 6800 GT's and Ultra's have been pushed high with the stock coolers, i'd be afraid for mine if i didn't have this Zalman on it. I've seen so many "my 6800 GT/Ultra is dead" threads that i really think they had performance for the short-term and not quality for the long-term in mind when they designed the stock cooler, if you take one off and apart, it's crazy how small the aluminum block is, it truly seems inadequit
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Old 04-09-06, 06:01 PM   #42
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Newer video cards comming out should start to run cooler over cards of old due to their 90nm design= less transistors= less power= less heat. The 6800GTs were made on the 110nm design, so thats why it used more power and created more heat. Now, the manufacturers having installed a cheap design HSF doesn't help any getting rid of the access heat. Way of keeping costs down i suppose over the already expensive to make video card.
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Old 04-09-06, 08:19 PM   #43
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As per BFG's suggestion I had to run my 6800GT card at 330 core clock. Even though they told me that their cards are safe up until 120C, running my card at stock speeds the temps would easily hit over 110C under load and I would get severe artifacting. Running the card at 330 it is mostly artifact free, unless I am running max details with taxing features like AA and AF enabled.
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Old 04-10-06, 10:48 PM   #44
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I found out my BFG 6800GT had a bad ram module i will be RMAing that thing soon so i can sell it for a decent buck.
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