yeah, believe it or not- its actually running COOLER than when it had the stock thermal paste. I think it's around 2 years old now... I vaguely remember getting it in 08. I de-dusted it maybe a week ago.
i've been slowly going down the list of things it could be- cleared up wires in the case, took off the shroud (as suggested for this card), verified that the fans are working, reapplied thermal paste... at this point I am just about ready to sell the thing and get a evga 460... though my last ditch effort is to check here.
I was thinking that it might be PSU related, (i have an 800wtt PSU)- are there any power issues that would lead to EXCESS heat?