Originally Posted by theJesus
Maybe cooler, but not quieter. An EVGA rep said on their forums that it was about the same noise level. You gotta remember that the reference cooler is set to 30% fan speed so it's pretty quiet unless you crank it up to 100% manually (if I leave it "auto" it barely gets up to 40%).
I'd still settle for cooler given the price of the card, and the factory overclock. having said that I'd love to see a review of it done. also i think the EVGA backplate would rock on a card like this. kinda reminds me of the old FX5900 cards from leadtek...
just nicely encased in shroud and cooler, no need to look at the PCB really.