This heat issue is really bothering me. I went into the local SonyStyle store, and both the S460 and S480 in the store were cooler. What I noticed was that the disk drives in both the systems would shut down and stay shut down. When the drive stays on for a while, the system would then get hot.
My drive shuts down, but comes on after the system does some IO. Even if I'm not doing anything, there is still an occasional IO that powers up the disk. I loaded FileMon and it doesn't show the IO to the disk. Strange.
I'm pretty convinced that the hot temps are caused by the disk drive. (At least in my system.) What about the other folks who see high temps... is your disk drive spinning all the time?