Originally Posted by sancheuz
I have a Zotac GTX 480 with the latest .02 bios revision. I've even changed the TIM on it as per comments in other threads..nothing. My card idles at 83 C with dual monitors, fans spinning right now at 59% and nothing but mozilla open. It's why I've kept saying, some people are getting better temps then others, dont know why, but it's happening.
This is why reviewers and some people say that these cards run hot. Compare a GTX 480 with 2 monitors to the temps on an HD 5870 with 2 monitors. The difference is night and day. My 5870, which is currently driving 2 monitors, both at 1920x1200, idles at 51c, which a GTX 480 idles at around 80c. At 59%, the fan on the GTX 480 is audible. The only way it's not is if the case has a think coat of sound deadening material around it. Most people don't go the extra mile to do such things.
Different strokes for different folks. Some people say it runs cool as can be, while others say it runs hot. I don't think we're ever going to reach a consensus as to how it really runs.