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BFG Tech leaves graphics card market

BFG Tech leaves graphics card market

BFG Tech's graphics cards are set to become a rarer site, with the company announcing its departure from the market.

BFG Tech has announced that it is to exit the graphics card market with immediate effect - concentrating instead on its power supply and gaming system divisions.

In a press release, first picked up by the guys over on [H]ard|OCP, the company's chairman John Slevin stated that "after eight years of providing innovative, high-quality graphics cards to the market, we regret to say that this category is no longer profitable for us, although we will continue to evaluate it going forward."

While the news will disappoint the company's many fans, existing customers have nothing to fear: BFG Tech has promised to continue to offer full support via telephone and e-mail and to honour all warranties and RMA requests. For those who already have BFG Tech products, it's business as usual - the company's exit merely means that no new products will appear.

The move to exit the graphics market comes as a surprise, as the company hadn't ever suggested that it might be looking to make such a decision - and its cards have long been solid contenders. However, with many manufacturers choosing to stick with the reference designs and compete solely on price, it could be that BFG Tech has decided to look towards more custom, higher-margin markets - such as its gaming notebook and PC ranges.

Are you surprised to see BFG Tech giving up on the graphics card market, or is the company making a shrewd move to concentrate its efforts elsewhere? Any owners of BFG Tech cards worried the company might not honour its warranty commitments in the long term? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Mraedis 19th May 2010, 11:33 Quote
Who?
proxess 19th May 2010, 11:34 Quote
Aww :(
Blademrk 19th May 2010, 11:36 Quote
Woah, that's a shock. I've still got one of their 6600 GTOC's in my old Athlon PC.
[USRF]Obiwan 19th May 2010, 11:40 Quote
Seems like PC game piracy, and as result the lack of new innovated PC games, is finally hitting the hardware market...
mi1ez 19th May 2010, 11:42 Quote
Seems like Nvidia's Fermi disaster is hitting resellers more like!
mull 19th May 2010, 11:47 Quote
Good. The motherboard and add-in card markets are in need of some serious seller and product rationalisation, as far as I'm concerned. I'm not at all surprised that the market's not profitable for resellers atm.
somewhereoveryonda 19th May 2010, 11:57 Quote
I think the "focusing on power supply and gaming system divisions" really means theres no cash coming out of graphics for us any more... "we give in.. we'll make more else where"!
BlackMage23 19th May 2010, 12:12 Quote
That is a surprise, they always had good cards and one of the best warranty policy's.
Jim 19th May 2010, 12:46 Quote
My favourite reseller back in the day... before I switched to ATI, that is.
Omnituens 19th May 2010, 13:21 Quote
A loss to the industry. Fantastic RMA, great cards.
azrael- 19th May 2010, 13:42 Quote
That's how it goes when you're "premium partner" for a certain company, and said company cannot deliver the goods (for quite a while now). Probably won't be the last "partner" to bite the dust, either. It's a shame though...
l3v1ck 19th May 2010, 15:11 Quote
It's no surprise. Graphics card manufacturers come and go and it's very had to differentiate your graphics card from someone else's these days.
thehippoz 19th May 2010, 16:40 Quote
it's the economy
el_diablo_72 19th May 2010, 16:44 Quote
"Seems like PC game piracy, and as result the lack of new innovated PC games, is finally hitting the hardware market..."

Huh? Pirates don't need video cards?
Fizzban 19th May 2010, 16:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Seems like PC game piracy, and as result the lack of new innovated PC games, is finally hitting the hardware market...

I'd say that the economy, Fermi or the lack of any significant progress in graphics over the last few years would be more likely reasons.

I am surprised though. They always struck me as one of the better Nvidia card providers.
zelachang 19th May 2010, 17:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by el_diablo_72
"Seems like PC game piracy, and as result the lack of new innovated PC games, is finally hitting the hardware market..."

Huh? Pirates don't need video cards?

Pirating -> less profit on PC -> Less development for PC -> Fewer decent games on pc -> fewer pc gamers

That said, I'm pretty sure that has nothing to do with why BFG is getting out of the graphics card business.
pendragon 19th May 2010, 19:19 Quote
this stinks.. I really like my BFG 8800 GT :-/ ... first ABit ..and now them.. *le sigh*
samkiller42 19th May 2010, 19:30 Quote
That is such a shame, I'm a huge fan of BFG Tech GPU's, so it comes as a huge surprise, but i do wonder if it's because of the limited amount of popularity that Fermi has generated.
Still, i wonder what happens to BFG's Warranty on existing cards?

Sam
./^\.Ace./^\. 19th May 2010, 19:31 Quote
I have 4 computers and 5 video cards all of them are BFG, I have enjoyed there quality and I was hoping to buy more cards from then in the future.
FelixTech 19th May 2010, 19:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by zelachang
Pirating -> less profit on PC -> Less development for PC -> Fewer decent games on pc -> fewer pc gamers

That said, I'm pretty sure that has nothing to do with why BFG is getting out of the graphics card business.

Ah cr*p! I just wrote a big rant and then read the last line of you post! Serves me right for raging without reading everything :(
koli 19th May 2010, 19:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by [USRF
Obiwan]Seems like PC game piracy, and as result the lack of new innovated PC games, is finally hitting the hardware market...

I blame global warming. And George Bush...
Hack'n'Slash 19th May 2010, 19:46 Quote
Quote:
promised to continue to offer full support via telephone and e-mail

They sent me a DOA GTX260 in exchange for a dead 8800GTS that I'd RMA's almost a month ago. Five or six ignored e-mails later I've had to resort to tracking down the number for the warehouse in Wales to see if Partners-IT can get it sorted for me. :(
juststsomeguy26 19th May 2010, 21:08 Quote
Cant say I'm upset by this. I remember buying a pair of their water cooled gtx280s in 08 and both were doa.
Suffice to say I've avoided them since.
davidbrown1988 19th May 2010, 21:38 Quote
Shame, I love my BFG 9800 GTX OCX. They Squeezed more power out of this card than I've seen by any other manufacturer.
ZERO <ibis> 19th May 2010, 21:50 Quote
I am just surprised they are going to focus on PSUs. There are already a lot of people making those and it is not as if they are going to be making some amazing thing that will blow pc power and cooling (now ocz) away.

Their gpus on the other hand always were very reliable as I have owned 5 of them. Some I tore apart and WC but most were left stock and they all have worked wonderfully for years and I was even able to get some great OC with the stock cooler back in the days of the 6 series. None of their cards ever failed and I feel a loss as I will now need to search out a new company to buy all my gpus from...
HangFire 20th May 2010, 03:40 Quote
At one time I saw an off-brand owned by BFG at a big-box store. It was a 5200FX slightly overclocked. I forget the name of this pseudo-company, wonder if they are still around?
The_Beast 20th May 2010, 07:12 Quote
While I've never owned a BFG they were in my top five of companies to buy from
Unicorn 20th May 2010, 07:24 Quote
Same here Beast... this is a big shock to me. I've been using and supplying BFG cards since I can remember. It's so sudden!

I hope this won't hinder my efforts to obtain their "OCFU" advertising logo for my upcoming project :(
Unknownsock 20th May 2010, 10:03 Quote
Won't this be connected to the fact that Nvidia was so late with Fermi?
Why would Piracy have anything to do with this? People still need graphics cards to play pirated games.
Bayaz 20th May 2010, 12:29 Quote
Thats a pity, less competition means higher prices
GroBeMaus 20th May 2010, 21:45 Quote
I always loved my BFG cards, their lifetime warranty was a standalone in this industry. I just wish they
would have made some ATI cards as well. nVidia always wants a lot for their tech, could be the reason...
ImInTheZoneBaby 26th May 2010, 09:14 Quote
"Tech has promised to continue to offer full support via telephone and e-mail and to honour all warranties and RMA requests."

Then why have I not recieved any emails on my query in over three weeks? D:
They just stopped dead, in the middle of helping me.
cobalt6700 26th May 2010, 09:33 Quote
Same as, I ended up sending an email to jeff, one of the top support guys.

He emailed me back saying he would sort me out, and I'm just waiting for that now.

But I've had a b*****d time with BFG recently, haven't had a working card for 7 months.
AndyCubb 26th May 2010, 09:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by koli
I blame global warming. And George Bush...

Hehehe Bush
Hack'n'Slash 26th May 2010, 16:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ImInTheZoneBaby
"Tech has promised to continue to offer full support via telephone and e-mail and to honour all warranties and RMA requests."

Then why have I not recieved any emails on my query in over three weeks? D:
They just stopped dead, in the middle of helping me.
Quote:
Originally Posted by cobalt6700
Same as, I ended up sending an email to jeff, one of the top support guys.

He emailed me back saying he would sort me out, and I'm just waiting for that now.

But I've had a b*****d time with BFG recently, haven't had a working card for 7 months.

Well at least I'm not the only one. I was starting to develop a complex. lol

Dave at the depot in Wales contacted Jeff over a week ago on my behalf but it wasn't until I yesterday when I reminded them of my situation that I got any kind of response from BFG. Jeff says he's arranged another replacement that should ship today. We'll see.

The thing is, the customer shouldn't have to jump through so many hoops just to get a company to honor their warranty.
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