Ok, dropped it to stock speeds at 1980x1200 on Ultra everything and here is what i got around while fooling around in SCII:
P.S. no SCII comments please :P
Anyways, I pulled the card out the card to get the model number to contact gigabyte and when looking at it, it's a clean card, no dust or hair anywhere, I know there could be some still in there I can't see but I gave it a few blasts of the CO2 and not much dust came out, it still looks like new. I'll try some driver messing around, right now I'm using the ones that came with the card as the newest ones from gigabyte wouldn't install without locking the system....maybe I should have taken that as a clue that things were just going to get worse.
Edit: Ok, I went to the 260 drivers (@ stock clocks), ramped the fan up to 85% (Jet engine) and played a quick game of SCII without any issues...but I'm concerned, if this is what I have to do to get a stable game of SCII going what about the more stressfull stuff out there? Seems to me I should expect more from a gtx 480. What would be other good stressfull games out there I can try to push the card with. If this is a lemon I want to send it back as soon as possible rather than be satisfied with just this when it should do so much more.