I bypassed the n00b catchers quite easily with needlenose pliers and an unused wooden pencil. Use the pliers on the sides of the screw to loosen it, and use the pencil eraser to push down and twist the screw into place, then finish up tightening with the pliers. No sticker damage done.
Even if the temperatures are normal, I got sick of the noise and the heat on this card when my 6950 was very quiet and cooler (and yes, I am aware of the power consumption differences). I'd like lower temperatures and the Accelero Xtreme 7970 that I ordered should bring me lower temps and a better OC hopefully. The only thing that is going to piss me off though is that damn 2 part thermal glue because I put some fet coolers on my AM2NF3-VSTA yesterday and they still haven't completely set nearly 24 hours later (I bought an Accelero L2 Plus for a GT 440 and didn't use the sinks until now).