From Shyotl at SLU: "Forceware v196.75 introduced a bug with fan control. Reportedly many users have found their cards to be running at dangerous temps, and some have even had their videocard die all-together.
If you've installed these drivers, it's recommended to roll back to version 196.21 immediately."
posted by - 9:14 PM
While there's something to be said for waiting a few months until a driver has proven itself, there's not much to recommend not updating at all, especially when the last known rock-stable (but now sort of hoary and out-dated) driver is 186.18, and the recommended driver is 196.21.