Originally Posted by dark_eternal_knight
its amazing, to me, more people seem to be complaining about stock coolers than ever before, and it's all to do with the performance : price wars...
It could also be to do with how much awareness there is, how many people knew how to check the temperature their Geforce 2 was running at? Yeah the enthusiasts always had ways and knew what software to get but now everyone and their dog can easily find and load up a simple app to know how hot their card is running and overclock it. This site - as well as the other hardware enthusiast-oriented sites - are also full of hardware enthusiasts, so it's not really surprising that there are lots of complaints about stock coolers among so many people who want to overclock their graphics cards.
It doesn't help that almost all aftermarket coolers are so much better for either noise, temperature or both, the stock coolers are usually designed to be "good enough" and fit in as many machines as possible. Either way, we're now into the overclocking generation.
I suppose you could also bring up the old "If there's nothing wrong, no one posts how satisfied they are." arguement, too...