Cooler Master’s take on the aluminum heatsink/fan drive bay is similar to Silverstone’s (this isn’t rocket science, after all), but CM goes one step further by including two thermal pads—one for each side of the drive.
As we were going to press, the street prices for GeForce 6800 and 6800 GT boards were plummeting. XFX just announced a $50 mail-in rebate for this board, taking its street price into the under-$300 range.
Being a performance-oriented bunch of folks, we generally favor performance over price, but given the huge delta in street prices between this board and Sapphire’s slightly faster Radeon X850 XT, and looking at the narrow differences in performance, we have to give the nod to XFX’s GeForce 6800GT.
Besides, we know the XFX board will run in SLI mode today (in fact, it spanked Asus’ highly overclocked Extreme N7800 GTX Top).