Actually I meant this chip, not this board. An error in my typing as I would not be going the the water cooling route.
Regarding the the R600. Well, I can't remember the last time ATi met it's release commitments. I will very likely purchase the 8800 and if/when ATi releases a better product I will just set my card to the wife and get the better one for my gaming rig if it turns out to be a better one. I have my doubts at this time.
I had an X1900XT (remember Gatz's one I bought here?) for about a month. I got rid of it as maybe it was faster on some benchmarks but in real gameplay I did not find this. Add this to the card being loud and hot with driver issues made tossing it off an easy choice. ATi needs to make me a believer again. I will need others to purchase their cards and prove the above issues do not remain. Especially the driver foibles. I uninstalled and reinstalled video card drivers constantly with the X1900XT. BigVal can tell you about these issues also. Since I put the 7900GTX in this rig, I have only installed new versions. Nvidia makes great drivers in comparison.
I gave it to my wife and took her 7900GTX. She (graphic design) did not like it either so it went to my brother's wife.