It's never easy saying goodbye, and though we never play favorites, we can't help but be a little saddened by BFG's departure from the graphics card market. That's right folks, the company that pretty much kick started the concept of lifetime warranties for videocards will no longer be slapping together GPUs and PCBs.
"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", said John Slevin , chairman of BFG Technologies. "We will continue to provide our award-winning power supplies and gaming systems, and are working on a few new products as well."
Instead of graphics cards, BFG will focus its attention entirely on its own-branded power supplies as well as their Deimos gaming notebooks and Phobos gaming systems. And for those of you who already own a BFG videocard, don't fret, the company was adamant that it would "continue to offer RMA, telephone, and email support for qualified BFG Tech graphics card warranty holders."
It's been an interesting past couple of years in the graphics market, to say the least. XFX was first to shake up the industry when it announced it would end its exclusivity partnership with Nvidia and also sell ATI brand videocards , and more recently, XFX said it would be skipping Fermi altogether. With BFG bowing out of the market entirely, that leaves only EVGA as the sole provider of lifetime warrantied cards in the Nvidia camp.
Most would probably agree that BFG was considered one of the 'good guys' in the graphics card market. In late 2008, BFG stepped up to the plate by offering rebate relief to customers who got burned by CPG, a rebate processing company accused of mismanaging funds. Around the same time, BFG implemented an upgrade program in which some AGP videocard owners could upgrade to PCI-E cards free of charge.
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