Um, I had an 8800GTX man, the 285 GTX is bigger. 8800GTX was fine, the 285 blocks 4 sata ports on my mobo. Much bigger.
Given the space restictions of a standard case/mobo configuration, I've often wondered why graphics card manufacturers continue to make them bigger and bigger... and in some/many cases where they just will not fit at all... unless the rig is hacked/modified to accomodate them. It makes no sense to me that graphics cards are getting bigger and bigger while cases remain the same or are getting smaller... eg, mini and micro systems.
I have a Galaxy 9800GT Low Powered @ 1gb which is a good 2" shorter than most standard cards of today and would fit in just about any case without issue/having to hack/reconfigure, so I wonder why manufacturers can not/do not make other modern cards to a similar size. Surely the technology is there to make shorter high-end cards to fit easily into standard cases... perhaps even using 2 thin wafers in a double-decker array to shorten them, with ventilation slots and the cooling in between them.
I've often wondered these things since purchasing my 9800GT.... how size restictions affect sales of the GTX200 series. At the time of purchase I did investigate the possibility of a GTX 200 series card, but neither of my local stores stock them (but will place a customer order) because of size issues and several returns due to not fitting. I settled for the 9800 because of its shorter length and the GTX260, 275, etc, possibly posing installation problems in my case.
Any other thoughts??