When Massdrop offered this drop back in August 2017, it was a great deal to get this card for $704 all in. It is a known quantity that the shroud on the cooler is thin and flimsy. Knowing that, I was prepared to expect either fans hitting each other or the cooler. Lucky for me, no such issues. Treated the card gingerly and installed it into my rig.
This is is a HEAVY card. Make sure to install the card well and make mods, if necessary, to limit the droop due to the weight. Almost a full year in of ownership and quarterly case cleanings and my mobo and case are still handling the weight well.
Didn’t luck out with the silicon lottery but nor did I lose. My card will clock to 2050 when less than 36° C. I only run on air and can usually keep the card at 44°C during the summer which give me a clock of 2036. To achieve this, don’t keep the stock profile unless you‘re really jonesing for a really quiet card and not max clocks. Not going to water cool this card but I’m happy with the performance I get on air. My HAF 932 makes sure there is enough cool air coming in for the card to cool well. My fan curve is very aggressive and hits 100% fan speed when temps hit 27°C. I game with a headset so I don’t hear the fans. Even without the headset, the fans are not much louder than my overall rig.
With the 1180 or 2080 cards around the corner, not sure if this will be a good deal but I’m happy because I got a solid year with Pascal’s finest card (non-Titan).