For some years now, if you wanted high-end graphics performance you usually had to put up with a whiney GPU cooler, or add your own water cooling to reduce noise levels. Passive cooling and power 3D acceleration haven't gone together since the days when Matrox was still producing credible consumer graphics cards, back in the 20th century.
But that doesn't mean it's impossible to produce a fast graphics card without fan cooling, and XFX hopes to show you how. The GeForce 7950GT Extreme Edition Passive is based on the 7950GT, which is now replacing the 7900GT, but partners it with a heatpipe-based passive cooling system rather than the conventional HSF. So this card gives you all the power of Nvidia's G71 GPU, but without any fan noise whatsoever.