Ok i have the card in my hands now. It isnt nearly as long as i feared. It is 9.5 over all. But that includes the DVI plugs that stick out the end, the fan housing is round at the end and it is 1.5 wide but only at the exhaust/plug and at the fan(the rest is less than 1.25 wide).
so, saljr, is dead on. But, it takes up a lot less room than i would have imagined. Mine is a Sapphire, but its overall dimensions are exactly the same as the Diamond info above.