I also thought it was pretty funny! Actually I expected more humoristic kind of replies, but I won't complain about the constructive ones either.
And no, I'm not going to sue Sapphire, even if I had a case..
Anyway, I thought I'd share some of my thoughts of this card.
The fan really is of low quality. When spinning at very low speeds, I can see it "swaying" off-axis, ie. it's not really balanced. When I first started the PC up, the fan sounded like a fire alarm, and I'm not even exaggerating. It's got smoother with use though.
At 20-30% duty cycle, it's pretty nice. I can hear it over the Antec fan, but not very clearly. Doesn't bother me when gaming etc.
At 50% it's still bearable but not a pleasure to hear. At first it used to whine a lot at this speed but that has tuned down a bit.
At >60% the whine gets higher and more intrusive. Not really usable.
At idle, fan not running, the temperature rises to about 55 C. Other than that I haven't done extensive temperature testing, but under load with the fan running at 30%, it seems to rise to about 75 C.
Another thing: this thing is a real overclocker! I got the GPU from 400 to 580 MHz with no artefacts, which in my books is quite an achievement. I got the memory from 490 to 525 MHz. Of course these figures only apply to my unit -- and I don't know whether I got lucky or if I'm just overly excited.
In the end I'm glad that Sapphire decided to include the fan. The card still provides passive 2D operation (with appropriate software), as well as adequate cooling for overclocking if desired, yet the fan isn't overly bothersome at low speeds.
For reference: case cooling in my P180 is provided by an Antec TriCool, on low, as the rear exhaust.