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.
It is hot... very hot.
The 4870x2 is extremely hot as well... but cooling for that card is done completely internally; there are no exposed heat pipes or cooling chambers. It's all covered by a plastic casing, which somewhat insulates the heat being generated. This means that most of the heat generated by the card is immediately exhausted outside of the case, and the problem of heat dissipation doesn't involve the rest of your computer.
Exposed heatpipes and cooling fins... that is the problem. Everyone and their dog is saying that the heatpipes get so hot that they can burn you if you stay in contact with it too long. That by itself should raise a red flag that this card runs way too hot.