Mike, all of your points are totally valid, but please also note that I never mentioned the X1900XTX.
The vast majority of gamers cant afford such an expensive graphics card, and on top of that most of the readers on SPCR will understand that they will have to make a compromise somewhere.
A lot of people will compromise on the graphics card, and likewise the cooler of the graphics card, the Condor is not as cheap as some coolers, however I divulge........
A huge amount of SPCR readers will be put off of buying the Condor, and not because of its price, but because most people will feel that their graphics cards (7600GT, 6800GT, 7800GT, and 7900GT's a few common cards) dont deserve to be tortured at 90C whilst playing games with 1x120mm nexus fan running at a mere 7V.
However if those temps were 5-10C lower, and proven so by an SPCR review, then the Condor would be a perfect compromise for all of those people who have compromised with every other component, be it by price, heat, or performance.
My system (spec in Sig), has been a long list of compromises, and if I was in the market for a new Graphics card it would probably be a 7900GT, which I am certain could be cooled passively by the Condor, its power draw is similar to the 6800GT. I wouldnt exactly be thrilled by the GPU hitting 80+C, however I would be very happy if the case fan ran faster when needed as I am not in the habit of playing games without sound, and would be exstatic to have such a fast GPU when gaming without the enormous cost of an X1900XTX, and have 1 less fan when not gaming.
My system is not perfect (I am working on it
still....), but I am very happy with my current setup, its very very quiet when not gaming, and gets louder as it gets hotter (gaming).
RE: The point about the PSU becomming the noisiest part of the PC, their was no mention of the PSU ramping up with the 6800GT, even with a PressHOT in the system to add to the power draw. The system hit 232W, does that mean that the PSU did NOT rapm up at all.??? Does that mean that the system with the Nexus at 7V with the GPU @ 90C, the system was at 23Db.???
Could the noise levels for the WHOLE system be added to the case fan speed comparison table on page 5 for the 6800GT, there is no point adding those figures to the results of the X1900XTX.