Go with the cheapest most reputable seller. If it has warranty get that.
If it's Asus or EVGA lookup the serial.
Also, I'd double check any rtx 2080 ti, but particularly if it's below 900.
I had a strix and it was nice.
You can MTP it when you get a water block, but based on what I was seeing on my core, I was almost temp limited on hotspot. It doesn't really matter though, since I don't run any overclocks while gaming. lol.
MLID / AdoredTV tactic: Shotgun blast out every possible scenario, based on obvious assumptions "Guys, my secret inside source is telling me the next cards will be named 3000 series. And they'll be on a smaller process. And have better RT...
3080 lhr models are selling for the same price or a bit more than reference 6900xt's. Those mine at high power and do not even mine faster than 6900xt's.
As for the 6800xt/6900xt, yea, just spend the extra 100 if you are not buying at amd...
When overclocked, I hit max hot spot in a warm/semi hot room (furmark). During normal gaming, it's exactly as suspected. Low 90's on the hotspot. It's like the thermal material doesn't keep up at max power.
However, you are not wrong about...