That sounds a bit high for idle. How are you testing your load temps? Can you play something at max settings for 2 hours and have temps not go above 85c when you are maxing your card out? (Oblivion is a good torture test BTW).
Maybe you should try buying some new thermal paste and reseating your card, but only if you are comfortable with such an operation. Otherwise, you could always call up eVGA support and ask them about it (they might just RMA the card for you).
That's crazy hot for idle and even maxed out. Do you have it overclocked? I sit at 62 idle and 76 max on full load doing intense 3dmark06. You might want to invest in one of the Silverstone high CFM fans if it's that high (I have one running full blast out). These are temps from the core OC'ed to 625 and ram to 890.
Got a screenshot of this is you need visual proof...pm me your email and i'll reply with the jpg.
Might be a faulty card, might be your ventillation in the case. There is a simple science to it...
Which version of the card do you have? I picked up a BFG, and I dont hear the card fan at all, and my idle is 60c with the case cover off. I dont know If i like the card being so quiet, but you should be seeing beter temps.
To note: its 50 degrees in the house, which helps.
With that case your temps are high. Call eVGA and get them to RMA card if you don't want to deal with reseating heatsink or buying an aftermarket cooling system (if you want to OC you will be looking at an aftermarket system anyway).
I looked at the diagram for your case and it looks very very similar to how my case's airflow is. However, my rear fan under the PSU pushes out 110cfm.
I do not know of any fans that are as strong as Silverstone's FM121 but man, it was the best 20$ I ever spent. It might be loud but who cares when you have your volume cranked up or wearing earphones . It comes with a knob for RPM control anyway. Even if you don't OC, its a good investment as it'll keep everything (ram, cpu, vid card) cooler. My CPU idles at 37c with the help of the FM121.
I do not think an aftermarket cooler is necessary for the vid card. The stock one is plenty sufficient unless you are willing to dump more $ than the case fan I suggested. RMA using EVGA's advance RMA if it is really broke. Cross ship is nice...I signed up for it just in case crap happens - yes, mine is an EVGA.
I can't seem to find the temperature in the control panel. The help file for hte control panel says that it should be under 3D Settings at the "Select a category" menu. Is this true? Because I have no 3D Settings menu!
I tried to see if there was an update to the control panel on nvidia's website, but all I could seem to find was for windows vista, also I have the 97.44 drivers
I have an XFX 8800GTS XXX edition which is already factory OC'd. But I OC it to 625 core and 980 memory and when playing Crysis on high settings I max out my temp at 63 C. So if you are around 85 C under load that is too high. I idle around 58 C and I have a cruddy eMachines factory case with poor air flow. Make sure you go into the nVidia panel and turn up the fan speed because it defaults at 60%. Put it at 85-90% and even take off teh side panel of your case for better cooling.
OK this is 5 years after I bought my EVGA 8800 GTS and I had the same issue yesterday.
Like a fool I didn't register for the lifetime warranty and was about to trash it, when just for kicks I took of the plastic cover and vacuumed off the copious amounts of dust that had clogged the fan and heat sink. And it worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't do hardcore gaming anymore and cannot believe I paid $400 for a graphics card (those were the days). Anyways, I believe that heating is a major issue due to accumulation of dust, and you should try cleaning it if you see the same issue.
Hopefully someone will benefit from this and get to keep this wonderful card running and running...