Full load temperatures of GTX 480 are being recorded @ 97C. The cards are too hot to handle without gloves after a full load, stock settings, run.
The wiring insulation is softening to the point of melting. Will they last under sustained load stock settings?
What's the warranty? No warranty for over clockers...
"HardOCP: "The only thing that "blew us away" was the heat coming out of the video card and the sound of the fan."" lolz http://www.golem.de/1003/74109-11.html
"All that power makes for one seriously hot graphics card as well. The 97 degree load temperature was the maximum temperate that we recorded during our tests,
and had the fan spinning so fast things started sliding across my desk towards the test system. The GeForce GTX 480 was truly deafening when running at full load.
Letting the card sit at the Windows 7 desktop for 20 minutes saw the temperature drop only to 65 degrees. When it came time to remove the GTX 480 from our test system,
I had to wear a pair of gloves to avoid any possible burns or dropping the extremely hot graphics card.
The PCI Express power cables were amazingly soft from all the heat that had been thrown at them.
In short, the GeForce GTX 480 is around 11% hotter than the Radeon HD 5870 under load and a whopping 71% or 27 degrees hotter at idle." http://www.techspot.com/review/263-nvidia-geforce-gtx-480/page13.html