The BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX Up Close
The BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX itself is not terribly flashy. It has a standard green PCB, but BFG does back the memory and voltage regulators with heat sinks and the GPU with a custom cooler, yet appearances still seem a bit subdued. Then again, it's the performance and features that should matter most.
For added performance, BFG takes this GeForce 9600 GT based card and raises the core clock speed from a default of 650MHz to 725MHz while raising the Shader Clock from 1625MHz to 1850MHz. Backed with 512MB of GDDR3, BFG added 150MHz over the reference 1800MHz speed, clocking the memory at 1950MHz for 62.4GB/s of bandwidth. The overclocked GPU helps deliver a Texture Fill Rate of 23.2 Billion/sec.
BFG names their cooling package the "ThermoIntelligence Custom Cooling Solution" which aims to significantly reduce GPU temperatures with a nickel plated copper base and finned cooler with center mounted, green illuminated fan. Internal BFG tests show an 18'C reduction in load temperature over standard NVIDIA reference cooling, which is positive, no doubt. This technology should aid the card in running at the higher clock speeds while maintaining stability. Later on, we'll try to take things further and see if there is any more headroom left through overclocking.