@ethne - Taken from Hardware Carnuck's review here: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...s/30297-nvidia-geforce-gtx-480-review-29.html "Say it with me: ninety five degrees. We know the chip is supposedly built to run at these temperatures throughout its life without impacting upon its expected longevity but seeing these temperatures for any length of time on a processor is shocking to say the least. Interestingly enough, the fan stays relatively quiet (subjectively approaching that of the HD 5970) throughout this massive increase in temperatures. In addition, idle temperatures are actually quite good and fly in the face of previous rumours. In our tests, thermal throttling usually set in at around 105°C on the GF100 cards while complete thermal shutdown happens around 112-125°C. Thankfully, temperatures never got past the 95°C mark even after hours of benchmarking." Doesn't sound to me like the fan is hitting 100% at 95% to me otherwise they certainly wouldn't be able to benchmark for hours and never have it rise above that (logically there has to be some extra fan speed for it to maintain temperatures of 95 C or less because if it reaches 100% then it will keep getting hotter, right?). Also they mention the noise level of the fans as being relatively quiet, again, it doesn't sound like 100% to me.