Here is some additional hardware information.
HIS Radeon 5970 2GB
Windows 7 Home Premium 65 bit
Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 3.4 ghz
Seasonic SS-750HT 750W
g.skill 2x2 gb DDR2 1066 (F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK)
Asus M3A78-EM motherboard
I'm no longer sure this is a catalyst issue, since I've gone back and tried the older versions such as 12.3 and 12.8 and the overheating and high gpu usage problem seems to persist. Basically, gpu behaves like it's at full load during gameplay even when I'm not using any 3d application.
Oddly enough, I found that the GPU usage drops to 0 if and only if I open Windows Task Manager, and along with it, temps dropped from 80 c to 45c. Core frequency and stuff seems to have dropped too. Very curious...
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