Originally Posted by ChrisRay
You might find this interesting. As I speculated. Almost all vertex modeling appears to be done off the CPU. Keep in mind I dont think this is neccasarily a bad thing. Might not be ideal for high end GPUs but lower performing cards this is a saving grace.
I suspected as much. The graphics engine is off loading most of the work onto the CPU instead of utilizing the GPU. This is why my temps for my 6800GT barely raise above idle. Try playing EQ 2 for an hour and then take a temp reading. After that turn off your PC and let it rest for an hour and play UT2k4 or Doom 3 for a 1 hour and you'll see a big difference in GPU temps.