BFG First With Water-Cooled NVIDIA GTX 295 GPU

At the back end of last month, we heard a juicy rumor that seemed, well, perfectly good enough to be true. Sure enough, the whispers of a water-cooled GTX 295 have led to a real, honest-to-goodness product, though it's not being produced by either of the vendors we expected. Instead, it's being delivered by GPU mainstay BFG Technologies.

The new card easily boasts one of the longest product names we've seen to date. So long, in fact, that we'll just put it out there for you to wrap your mind around: BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution. Got all that? Underneath all the fancy wording is a standard BFG GeForce 295 dual GPU graphics card which has been supplemented with a highly efficient, thermally advanced copper water block co-developed with the experts at Danger Den, which is hailed as a "totally silent cooling solution for customers who have an existing water cooling system set up." More specifically, the BFG ThermoIntelligence water block delivers an exceptional 44°C lower GPU operating temperature than with air cooling, and it chills every single heat generating point on the card -- GPU, RAM, voltage regulators, and I/O chip.

John Malley, senior director of marketing for BFG Technologies, had this to say about the new product: "Since the GeForce GTX 295 is essentially two graphics cards and two GPUs sandwiched together, developing this ThermoIntelligence water block to work with the GeForce GTX 295 board was more complex than most. Our pre-assembled solution is attractive to those enthusiasts looking for top of the line performance without the risk of building it themselves, and that is also covered by our famous lifetime warranty. Customers purchasing this unit can rest assured that they’ll have the best built water block on the fastest single graphics card on the planet."

As for specifications, the card contains 1.8GB of GDDR3 memory, a 576MHz core clock speed, a 142MHz shader clock speed, a 1998MHz memory date rate and 480 combined processing cores. If you're eager to slap one of these into your rig, you can find it available for shipment starting tomorrow in North America and Europe, though no price is mentioned. For those needing additional performance right out of the box, you should probably hold off for the factory overclocked version, which is on track for a March 2009 release.