I know the more high-end cards really need to stay cool, especially for those who like overclocking their cards. I'm wondering if any of you know about a card that is new and powerful but still doesn't produce as much relative fan noise even at higher stress levels. This is supposed to be a gift and I have zero knowledge on this specific aspect as I usually just accept fans as a part of the package when buying cards, but I know the one I'm getting it for prefers to keep the system relatively silent, using a water cooling system and so on instead of fans.
I've been thinking about getting a GTX680 or a Radeon7970, but then there's plenty of versions of every card as well, such as Gainward, Sapphire, XFX and ASUS.
I welcome any recommendations on this to help me pick something up.
Thanks a bunch!