Just tested the temp with speed fan. My GPU temp is up to 60 degrees with TV3 freeview - I'd think it would get higher with a game. Might have to try replacing the thermal grease and removing that play and possible look at a new cooler.
Hah, I pulled off the ASUS logo bit of the heatsink as described in that link you posted, I can confirm that it did lower the temps by a couple of degrees! Next on the to do list is to clean up the pad that ASUS would have put under it and put a light coat of something better.
I updated my bios to 0512 and see that there is an even newer one (0514) but the change log didn’t get me interested - not that I had any issues with 0407 or 0404 (I can't remember which came with the board anymore).
I haven’t seen my CPU temp go over 28 degrees while watching TV3. Might have to download Trackmania or something to test the comp out under gaming ‘stress’. Personally I don’t believe in burn in, but think stress testing for stability purposes is essential.
I've installed and configured speedfan to cool the GPU chipset temp at 60deg and above. It was getting up to 72deg with Asus's QFAN; much better control now. I've also increased the GPU speeds to 580MHz and 1500MHz just for the helluvit - same as a 9400 chipset and it doesn't make much difference to the temps. Tanivula, I think 40-50deg is great for GPU temp from what I read elsewhere
CPU temp is never really an issue and i'm considering either undervolting or overclocking. I know they're polar opposites but it's fun to play!
Ny the way if you do want to use speedfan someone has kindly uploaded a basic configuration for the P5N7A-VM.
The only thin I'm unhappy with is the Ram timinig which comes up auto at 5-5-5-15 (it should be 4-4-4-12). Manual won't let me go lower than this, hopefully a bios update will fix. That is also proving troublesome as my monitor doesn't want to display the EZflash screen from bios and win7 64 doesn't want to run Asus's windows based update program.