I'm running the fix provided by Luke on page 2. Both fans are running, I'm not sure what speed. (Is there low, med, high or just low, high?) They are audible, but barely so. I'd say it really just comes down to personal preference and your environment. I have a desktop computer with 4 fans down below me, and the 9860 certainly doesn't come anywhere close to that. Additionally, 90% of the time I am playing music with the 9860, so for me, it is still essentially inaudible. With all of that, and my tv as well, turned off, it is of course audible in a quiet room, but still easily within reason if you ask me. I never checked my temps before the fan fix, but now idling, with mIRC, Gaim, Thunderbird, Firefox, Winamp, and Azureus running, my temp is 40C. After playing Counter-Strike (admittedly not as stressful as HL2 must be) my temp is 47. Whether or not the current firmware is the absolute final fix, I personally am quite happy with the state of things right now.