BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX Graphics Card

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Our Summary and Conclusion

Performance Analysis:  The BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX compared favorably to the Radeon HD 3870.  While the BFG card did lag in 3DMark Vantage and slightly in Crysis, it held a firm lead in Company of Heroes and Half-Life 2 Episode Two.  Enemy Territory favored the Sapphire HD 3870 at 1600x1200, but the two cards were tied at 1280x1024.




When shopping for a mid-range graphics card on a tight budget, it can be difficult to find the right balance between price and performance when there are so many different options out there.  In our testing, we found the BFG Tech GeForce 9600 GT OCX to be worthy of consideration from a performance standpoint, with the tests tipping in its favor overall when compared to a factory overclocked Radeon HD 3870.  However, performance is only part of the equation as price is an equally important factor when assessing overall value.

In researching price points, we found the BFG Tech GeForce 9600 GT OCX available for as low as $165, while the Sapphire HD 3870 Toxic we used as a comparison weighed in closer to $160, making for a fairly tight race.  However, we would have to give the nod to the Sapphire HD 3870 Toxic edition in thins comparison since it has a much stronger retail package, which includes a copy of 3DMark 06, several Cyberlink titles and a free voucher for "The Black Box" at Steam, whereas BFG offers no free software whatsoever.  Conversely, the BFG Tech GeForce 9600 GT OCX has in its favor free 24/7 support and a limited lifetime warranty, while Sapphire offers a 2 year warranty and free support with registration.

In the end, we feel both models are valid mid-range considerations with the ultimate decision being based on what is most important to the potential buyer, whether it be a robust retail package or stronger warranty and support options.  Either way, both models should deliver similar performance at a near identical cost.
 
 

 

  • Good Performance
  • Great Image Quality
  • 512MB Frame Buffer
  • Custom Cooler
  • Overclocked
  • Spartan Retail Package
  • Drab Green PCB



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