Well i think it's screwed. Seems to overheat instantly and shut down a short time after. The cards bios displays correctly but as it gets to the bios post screen there is major corruption.
I guess they used that pink stuff for a reason, i may attempt to water cool it though. I doubt the card is dead but for some reason it's very picky about how its cooled. This has a very basic HSF on it though, OEM.
My new 5950 is from leadtek so I guess i'll leave that alone