Rumor: BFG to Liquidate Assets

After many successful years as a video card manufacturer for Nvidia Graphics Cards, it appears that BFG may soon meet its maker. According to Neowin member Unimatrix Xero, they received the following email from BFG after sending in a part for repair:

 BFG Email

Image Credit: Neowin Member Unimatrix Xero

This news would be a major letdown for many Graphics Card purchasers as BFG has had a widely held reputation of great Customer Service and Warranties. It and EVGA have been regarded as the top companies for Graphics Cards for many years now.

BFG often offered Lifetime Warranties for the products and were quick to solve issues as they arose with any of their components. If the rumor is true, that leaves Graphics Card purchasers with one less choice for their needs.

Another Neowin member, Vice, does seem to confirm the validity of the rumor when he states “It’s true. People who have sent their PSU’s and GPU’s to BFG have received their broken parts back with a letter printed out with the package basically saying the same thing.”

A strong candidate for the cause of BFG’s demise could very well be the fact that NVIDIA apparently promised the company large quantities of the Fermi Graphics Card prior to its release. However, when the card shipped, they received very few of them to sell. Apparently, BFG had been strongly relying on Nvidia to ship them these parts and that didn’t happen.

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That sucks for anyone who owns a BFG card in the sense that now you can't send it in to get a new one if it craps out. I had a card that crapped out, sent it in, and had a new one within a week.

BFG collapsed because NVidia refused to cover the replacement of fried chips plain and simple NVidia has once again screwed a partner

A very sad day. Have had nothing but great service over the years from BFG (including a full upgrade of an old AGP 6800 Ultra to an 7800 GTX PCI-E simply because they didn't have AGP cards left to send out on RMA).

HardOCP has a rather lengthy thread about this, including some input from [former] employees. Sucks for those who sent in products to get RMA'd to have them returned with no RMA performed.

And for those angry enough to say "sue the pants off of them," when this is all said and done, they won't have pants to wear, so suing them is pointless.

Ahh, this is a sad and frightening day for us video card enthusiasts. I just recently within the last 6 months purchased 2 BFG GTS 250 1 Gig OC from them with a life time warranty. Guess that's voided now lol.

It's a real shame that Nvidia would shut out a key moment as a supplier for a company thats given them such great business over the years. BFG maybe closing their doors on this side project but I don't think we've seen the last of their card designs for quite some time to come. Maybe not as BFG mark and definitely not through Nvidia, but I'm sure they'll do something in the GPU field as they're just too good at it.

I just had a card RMA'd from these guys a few months ago when they first announced closure. Thankfully, I got in before all of this.

However, they should have given eVGA or another company money to take over the warranties. I thought they would at least find a way to continue the lifetime warranty approach.

Looks like I have to take the BFG sticker off of my old P4 machine.

Same thing happened to my brother. But they had the card in their possession and sent it back unfixed. Sucks. I always ordered BFG for the warranty. He actually has a printed letter with the same information on it.

R.I.P. BFG. I've always liked their OC cards, never had a stability problem. Of course the stock fans are crap, but all manufacturers do that unless it's a special model or something. Great tech support and easy RMA's. Since they last, you get a free upgrade since they probably don't have your model in stock anymore. So now I have to go to EVGA or MSI for my next card? *sigh*

Yochanan said,
R.I.P. BFG. I've always liked their OC cards, never had a stability problem. Of course the stock fans are crap, but all manufacturers do that unless it's a special model or something. Great tech support and easy RMA's. Since they last, you get a free upgrade since they probably don't have your model in stock anymore. So now I have to go to EVGA or MSI for my next card? *sigh*

While this warranty practice sounds nice for the consumer, it's not exactly a good idea when it comes to the warranty provider. Upgrade to a newer model for free if your old one goes poof after 3-4 years? Come on, now... what do they sell for? $1000 a piece for a low-end model? Obviously that practice didn't work out too well for them.

Only BFG I've owned is my present GTX 275 OC. No complaints with it, it's been a solid card. But I'm going to be replacing it with a Sapphire 5870 soon anyhow. Still, disappointing news to hear.

to say im annoyed is a understatement, they could have told me this at the beginning of the RMA and not 3 months down the line and over 5 phone calls to the US as well

but woot ive made front page news lol

Unimatrix Xero said,
to say im annoyed is a understatement, they could have told me this at the beginning of the RMA and not 3 months down the line and over 5 phone calls to the US as well

but woot ive made front page news lol

Sorry to hear that. What card was it?


Still, you did make the front page. I haven't been on there since I think Guitar Hero World Tour.

MightyJordan said,

Sorry to hear that. What card was it?


Still, you did make the front page. I haven't been on there since I think Guitar Hero World Tour.

And once again, people with 'front page' news. This is not a news paper, so every article goes through the 'front page' starting at the top, and going down as soon as a new article is posted that will take it's place at the top.

Metodi Mitov said,

And once again, people with 'front page' news. This is not a news paper, so every article goes through the 'front page' starting at the top, and going down as soon as a new article is posted that will take it's place at the top.

I'm pretty we all call it the front page because it is Neowin's main page you see going to their website.

Electric Jolt said,

I'm pretty we all call it the front page because it is Neowin's main page you see going to their website.

My issue is not what it's called, my issue is how people seem surprised, shocked or even excited about a news article making it to said 'front page' as every article goes through it. It's all about how soon after the article was posted that you look.

Man this sucks. My office is literally a block away from these guys. This whole office park is starting to get pretty empty....

I'm shocked, literally shocked. BFG seemed to be one of the most successful suppliers of NVIDIA video cards. I never had a BFG video card but I knew about them because of their legendary lifetime warranty. I hope EVGA doesn't suffer the same fate.

I bought a 6600gt from BFG back in the day, card lasted 3 months till it died. that was the only and last thing I bought from them. I've bought only evga since then and never had a issue.

why is BFG leaving that guy out to dry, why can't they send him a new card, I'm sure they got plenty laying around in the warehouse.

Gabe3 said,

why is BFG leaving that guy out to dry, why can't they send him a new card, I'm sure they got plenty laying around in the warehouse.

They may have plenty but they wan`t $$$ for them. Accountants probably running the firm now!

Surely if Nvidia promised something and didn't deliver to BFG then they have grounds to sue for damages?
(assuming that actually was the cause)

Grunt said,
Surely if Nvidia promised something and didn't deliver to BFG then they have grounds to sue for damages?
(assuming that actually was the cause)

Maybe BFG doesn't want to waste the money. If they pay for a lawsuit and fail, they're SOL anyway.

It's a damn shame, I just hope EVGA isn't having problems. They are the go-to for me for video cards and my next motherboard.

And, another one bites the dust. Just goes to show no matter how good you are you still may have to fold. More people on the unemployment line. Times are still getting harder.

Wir3Tap said,
BFG > ALL. It was the Voodoo series of the 2000's

No that would be Nvidia, all BFG did was take Nvidias reference designs and put their sticker on it.

Voodoo actually designed and made their own custom chips.

jamesyfx said,

What's good about that?

I think he's saying that if he commonly used the warranty, and the company that issued the warranty was no longer around to service the item, the warranty would be pretty much useless to you.

NO! I loved BFG and their products and have never had an issues. But what if I have an issue with their GTX 280 OC2 that I bought a year and a half ago?

Stupid nVidia.

Tech Star said,
NO! I loved BFG and their products and have never had an issues. But what if I have an issue with their GTX 280 OC2 that I bought a year and a half ago?

Stupid nVidia.

Ive used BFG videocards myself and were flawless experiences, unlike any other nvidia made card ive used

Tech Star said,
NO! I loved BFG and their products and have never had an issues. But what if I have an issue with their GTX 280 OC2 that I bought a year and a half ago?

Stupid nVidia.


Stupid nVidia? Why? The company clearly wasn't stable in the first place if all it took to go under is a broken promise from nVidia... surely they had a profitable business without the Fermi?