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BFG's GTX 295 H2OC: Water-Cooled Graphics

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The attached water tubes are reasonably flexible and the connectors themselves have a limited degree of rotation. Unfortunately, the two are placed too close together to allow for more than small adjustments.

Stock imagery is useful, in this case, for giving a clear sense of scale and detail. The small button on top of the cooler is used to set the speed of the 120mm fan attached to the radiator. A series of beeps indicates the setting if the fan's noise isn't indication enough—one beep for low, two beeps for medium, and three for maximum speed. Exact decibel measurements aren't available, but the fan is effectively inaudible over general system noise at low speed, and easily the equal of most GPU coolers at high. Since low noise levels are part of the draw of water cooling, keeping things quiet is a major plus.

                   
A better view of the radiator, and the six-pin/eight-pin power plugs. Click for high res.

The gap between the two tubes, as previously noted, is smaller than it appears to be here.
The HDMI port in front is a bit of a rarity; most manufacturers have opted to use a DVI port for HDMI signal pass-through, except on GTX 295 cards. You can't see it from here, but the fan is attached to the radiator by pop rivets. Good luck disconnecting the two, should the former ever fail. 

Now that we've taken a quick look at the card, let's examine its performance. Fast is a given, but exactly how fast is it?
 

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This isnt a bad idea from BFG they just need to get there pricing right. It shows that it does offer great cooling for the card in the tests. Also what they can do is make up another rad setup to where it doesnt block the cpu fan. Cause come on how many people are goin to run stock cooling on there cpu when they are watercooling there video card. Just my 2 cents

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I'm fairly certain BFG also sells another version of the 295 that includes the water block on the card but no radiator, fan, tubing, or coolant. That system is designed to be integrated into an existing water cooling setup, this one is for people who just want to water cool their video card.

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Yea I know alot of companies do. I was talking mainly bout the radiator setup for other air cooling options for the cpu.  I know bout water cooling I have a system that is just not video cards. Also one more question arose while I was looking at it again what bout adding another card just like?? Do you have 2 of those setups in there or can they be combined or what. I mean personally I would do my video cards myself but I mean for people that dont want to go thru the hassle of buying the components and piecing all the components together. They can just buy this setup and install an go.

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Way overpriced, but I love staring at pics of a water cooled version of the world's fastest* single slot video card.

*At least for a couple more days.  The 5870 is gonna be a contender.

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Never had much luck with BFG products.

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I like BFG and all (I have a 260 of theirs now) but any water cooled video card needs to be smaller, or else it fails.

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How would a WC card be smaller?  The block alone is thicker than the card and the sockets.  I don't think the size is an issue, More of an issue is that god awful rad setup.  You are guaranteed to not be able to use a third party cooler with that clearance level.  Also, there is no way to justify the price tag of this card.  A water cooling loop would cost you less than this.

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Unofficially--very unofficially--and BFG doesn't condone this at all, BUT:

 

It's possible to use the radiator + fan block that comes off the GPU and then attach *that* to a CPU heatsink. Air is being pulled from inside the case, across the radiator (cooling the GPU), and then *pushed* over the CPU heatsink. At the back, you put in a reasonable 120mm exhaust fan.

 

BFG won't support it, but that configuration worked perfectly, with CPU and GPU both at 100% load.

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There are cheaper and better water cooling solutions out there though.

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Thats pretty innovative alright but also risky at the same time. Some people might not want to have water inside their case in case it leaks oout and spills onto the MoBo (that would suck). I would not get this stillBig Smile

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