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BFG calls it quits in graphics

Well, this came as a shock to us. BFG Tech has decided to ditch its graphics card operations. The company currently has a top to bottom lineup of graphics solutions based on NVIDIA GeForce architecture.

Although the company is leaving graphics behind, it says that it will still continue with its power supplies, notebooks, and desktop systems.

Here's the press release in full:

BFG Technologies today announced their exit from the graphics card category. The company will continue to sell their line of BFG Tech power supplies as well as their Deimos gaming notebooks and Phobos gaming systems.

"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. I’d like to stress that we will continue to provide RMA support for our current graphics card warranty holders, as well as for all of our other products such as power supplies, PCs and notebooks."

BFG will continue to offer RMA, telephone and email support for qualified BFG Tech graphics card warranty holders, but will no longer be bringing new graphics card products to market.

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RE: whatever
By whiskerwill on 5/20/2010 6:28:12 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, it depends how the game is programmed. 16:9 can give you a wider view with the same height OR it can give you the same width with less height.

RE: whatever
By inperfectdarkness on 5/21/2010 7:04:54 AM , Rating: 1
QFT. 99% of the time, the FOV is the same, it's the vertical view which has shrunk.

16:9 makes me feel like i've got blinders on.

RE: whatever
By MrBlastman on 5/21/2010 8:18:39 AM , Rating: 2
It depends on what you are playing, actually. In the games that count--true competitive games like Team Fortress 2, Quake Live etc., (hardcore FPS games), you get more FOV. When you're playing at the pro level, this makes a huge difference.

RE: whatever
By whiskerwill on 5/21/2010 9:39:51 AM , Rating: 2
Actually in Quake Live you control your FOV with a user setting, not your monitor type. You can set it anywhere from 70% to 130%. And some people prefer to play with lower FOV, because they say it increases their accuracy (it magnifies somewhat the entire view)

RE: whatever
By omnicronx on 5/21/2010 3:30:15 PM , Rating: 1
Right idea.. but very wrong..

How it is programmed can make a difference, but not in the way you described.(in fact your example is totally wrong)

There is no reason you should not be scaling 1:1 while playing games, if you don't the image becomes stretched or squished, depending on the ratio of your monitor.

Taking this into account, a game that is only programmed for 16:9 will have the same view ragardless of monitor, be it 4:3, 16:10 or 16:9. Just the size of the black bars will vary, from filling the screen (16:9), to only filling half the screen (4:3).

The only time your FOV is going to be wider is when a game supports multiple ratios and you choose to use the ratio that best fits your screen. i.e A 16:9 monitor playing a 16:9 game has a wider FOV than a 16:10 monitor playing a 16:10 game. That being said, a 16:10 monitor owner can choose at any time to run at 16:9 with black bars on the top, in which your FOV is identical.

RE: whatever
By whiskerwill on 5/21/2010 9:59:14 PM , Rating: 4
Very, very wrong. Games ARE programmed to handle varying aspect ratios in different ways. If your monitor doesn't match the native aspect ratio, there's a lot of different ways they can handle it. They can:

a) Stretch one dimension (horiz or vert) leaving the other untouched.
b) Stretch both dimensions, then clip the one that overflows.
c) Expand FOV in one dimension, leaving the other untouched.
d) Putt black bars on one dimension.

The point is that its totally up to the programmers what the game will do in this situation. There is no standard way to handle it.

You're also wrong about game aspect ratios. A lot of games don't support picking the ratio, they have just one 'native' ratio, and if your monitor doesn't match, they pick one of the methods above and use it.

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