Now that i'm 99% set on buying a Radeon 6850 GFX card, I keep looking at options for either non-reference cooling (such as this ASUS), or possibly an aftermarket VGA Heatsink & fan.
Essentially, I want the heat generated by graphics to be vented out the back of the case (since i'm looking to change my current Antec P180 downsized to something much more compact - possibly a shuttle, or much more likely a Silverstone SUGO or similar).
I remember some years ago Arctic Cooling used to make many products such as this, however their website shows that the most recent graphics card supported by that style was an Nvidia 5900 !!
I also remember HIS producing a whole bunch of GFX cards based on the arctic cooling principle, and whilst i can find an 6850 with their claimed "ICE-Q" Heatsink & fan system, it actually looks to be a standard (non rear-venting) system from what I can tell.
I have then come across this Antec VCool device which would seem to do much of what i'm after, however appears to a) not physically connect to the graphics card, but simply sit beside it and therefore b) would mean that a single graphics card would then take up 4 slots...
Am I missing anything? Logic tells me that hot air is still best vented away from other internal components instead of being left to swirl around and heat everything up, but maybe i'm wrong?