bracket installed 2 slots below video card
Not one to give up easily, I decided to find a way to get the VF1 Plus's fan to work with the All-in-Wonder X1800. After a bit of tinkering, I found that by mounting the fan bracket two slots away from the video card, I could fashion a makeshift fan support by using one of the extra clips that came with the VF1 Plus as a spacer and mount. Although it does the job, the fan placement is far from perfect, and the setup now uses two PCI slots beside the X1800 card.
Fan attached to bracket with spare clip
We have also informed the folks at Sytrin Corporation of this issue, and hopefully they will include the necessary hardware to adjust the fan placement for X1800/X1900 series cards.
With the hardware installed to satisfaction, it was now time to see what this cooler could do.