Boy, the fan is this card is NOISY!
However - AnandTech says ..."to a 0.13-micron manufacturing process it requires very little cooling. ... "
I am looking at the Zalman products - any guidance from anyone on selection .....for passive cooling of course ...
[I am not a heavy 3d gamer - nor am I likely to OC the card].
Get the same one they use on the 9600 Pro Ultimate
, if it's available retail. Maybe it's the "HP-50"?
Otherwise, sell your current card and get the Pro Ultimate. Everyone knows black Vidcards run faster anyway, right?