Have to say when I tried it at CES, running a relatively graphically intense VR game (Echo Arena) the noise wasn't noticeable.
One of the reasons it's such a reassuringly weighty box is the level of cooling Intel have jammed inside. It's an overclockable chip too, so it's been designed with a fair chunk of thermal headroom built in.
I think that's the likely outcome, at this point. F&P's game is pretty much vaporware, and court problems aren't known to foster creativity. As for Origins, Stardock may well lose the rights to the Star Control brand, meaning no Star Control games in the foreseeable future.
I picked it up for $4.99 USD yesterday
People did complain it got picked up by AV software, but they claimed it was a "false positive"
It's purrfect ;)
Thanks for reading! It's a great game.