Great review, good card, bad cooler for even the timid enthusiast.
nVidia would be well charged to put a fair bit of rnd into a better cooling solution when they release GT300.
Even since the 8800GT, the cards have been decent enough in their various guises, but very let down imo by the performance of the coolers. (even tho I personally like the look of them as a full-on black shroud) - and the sound levels are horrendous.
Another great write-up w3bbo.
I prefer these cards as a supposed mid-range+ purchase for people, throw in PhysX and Cuda.
I wonder if it's worth doing quality comparisons for cards these days as opposed to fps. Something along the lines of setting an fps level - if the card passes it it's 'passes', then add to that how many quality processing levels u can goto whilst still staying over an fps level. e.g. if ur card does 100+ fps in COD4, another card doing 110+ fps doesn't mean anything, but being able to stay there with 16aa++ (or whatever).
Wonder if the days of fps are coming to an end, unless Dx11's coding brings it back into the picture.
Quality over performance differences u'll never notice ?