* FreeBSD driver availability/performance: I think this will be all right.
* DVI-to-VGA conversion: My "problem" is that right now, I have two nice LCD monitors with only VGA connectors. I've seen many notes and caveats that DVI outputs can't
be connected to a VGA cable using a converter.
* Power requirements: It seems I am (was!) overly worried. 15 or 30W makes no difference to me; 150 would, but that's apparently not the case. I was just confused by the ambiguous graphs on various reviews.
* Other comments: But I still wonder why you need such a powerful card. Wouldn't a passive 3450 suffice?
Well, by "3450" you mean an Ati Radeon, right? Sadly, Radeon+BSD = oil+water, so no good. But you're right, I don't need a powerful card. I would gladly buying an old card off of someone; in fact, I was considering using a GeForce4 Ti4200 I had lying around, but that's AGP which seems to be on its way out...
Regarding this particular card, it's nice to not have to mess with the heat sink swap myself.
* Price: Here, Kingston is no more expensive than other brands, so it will stay on my list.
* Memory timing: What are you unclear about?
Basically, I have no understanding of the concept, so I am wondering if just grabbing any "generic" Kingston ram would yield considerably lower performance than a product with "optimal" settings, or if it's more a matter of style and overclocking-friendliness (which is uninteresting to me)?
Once again, thank you for a very helpful reply. If it wasn't for all you guys, I'd still be totally confused. I'm grateful, and I want to say that.