Originally Posted by Muppet
I think some of you are over reacting a bit. When you compare it to the last couple of generations there isn't that much difference. Take a look at these.
It is hot, that is true and there is no denying it. But it isn't that much more than the 4870x2 and others.
Yes and no. The problem with looking at temperatures alone is you don't take the TDP into consideration. Sure the 8800GT peaks at 88C, but that is obviously a really poor reference cooler. the dual slot coolers can keep the 8800GT under 60C.
The GTX480 is pulling another 173W over the 8800GT. That is a lot of power to dissipate somewhere. I'd agree the 4870x2 is in the same boat and can only imagine how hard it is to cool a case with one of those in it.
What would be really interesting to see is if someone took numbers off the north bridge and CPU with those cards in the same case, and see how much of an increase it causes to the other components. If you OC'ed your processor you might need to double check your settings as it might not be stable with the added heat.