- Thanks for the compliments. I love this card, but 8800GT prices have gotten a little whacky since the release of the 9600 cards. This card is back down to $189
again, but now that's after a $30 rebate. There are other 8800GT's in this price range, but few include the upgraded cooler.
At this point, while I'm still thrilled with the performance I'm getting in games, the MSI fan is easily the loudest thing in my system. My next system re-build will do something about this. The length of this card is about the same as a motherboard, and in the right sized case the card itself could be used as the top side of an air chamber / duct. The case side panel would be another side and the bottom of the case would be the bottom. With a slow moving fan in front and open PCI-slot covers in the rear, this card could probably run semi-passive with a big passive heat-sink.
However, with the US economy heading for meltdown, it may be a while before I begin a full-system rebuild! But, I may try the card-as-duct mod in my current case.