Motherboards with passive/active chipset cooling
One aspect I did not research was passive/active heatsink cooling. My MSI K8N Neo4-F has an active chipset fan that WHIRS at 5k rpm, it throttles itself eventually during use but I can still hear it over everything else. The stock AMD fan is quieter then this fan.
Whats the biggest difference between mobos with active and passive cooling. I'd assume passive cooled mobos last alot longer since they wont have any real moving parts.
Just a note, gigabyte does have a passively cooled SLI mobo. name doesn't come to my head atm but it DOES exist