Originally Posted by Xion X2
Yes, it's normal. An open case won't net you all that much of a benefit.
Adjust the fan speed on your card with one of the software tools out there (like RivaTuner) for the heavy-hitting games. This should help.
I'm actually using RivaTuner to monitor the temps, etc. From watching the stock auto adjust fan setting in action, I don't see how manually adjusting my fans is going to have any benefit. On my card when the temp gets to about 70C or so, the fan automatically goes full bore 100% anyway... how would me manually setting it 100 help anything? It's nice to use auto adjust for the simple reason that it automatically lowers the fan down to 40 after the card cools down.