I hope they have an easy toggle for the 16 core model to swap to 8 cores on games that scale on 8 cores or less. ( Which is most) However there is one game out there that eats cores that just came out, I can't remember what that is. Man if Zen 3 ccx is indeed unified 8 cores this will be a...
My only issue.. is it still has 8gb VRAM! It should have 10gb and the 3080 should have 12gb minimum. We really need to move on from 8gb in mid-high end GPUs. I know you can argue that the 3070 is a midrange card but its $500, not a midrange price.
Its the silicon... I had one black screen once a day and the other never black screen ever, at the same time, on the same rig.
These drivers on the other hand cause screen flicker when polling on MSI afterburner.
Bent pins from poor packaging... someone saying its new but they just cleaned it really well and its defective and you will be SOL on the warranty. That actually happened to me with a 3800x, it had a faulty IMC that would intermittently not post unless RAM speed was dialed way below spec.
If you max out the IO on the chipset with all PCI-e gen 4 SSDs and GPUs then the fan may be required. That's the only guess I could give. Most of these fans are designed like laptop fans and are pretty durable for longevity as long as you keep it clean from dust.
Get a battery back up so your power is conditioned coming in from the receptacle. That would be my first step. The Battery backup will detect a fault better than any surge protector. Cheap insurance if you ask me.
Fill the lost water with distilled and call it a day. Run the AIO for 15 minutes outside of the case without it attached to the computer to make sure there are no leaks. Install and enjoy. Make sure you apply even pressure in a cross pattern when you reinstall the screws so the gasket seals...