I'm pretty sure Optimum Tech tested the ref design in an SFF case (the T1 I believe).
I would avoid reference in a sandwich layout, personally.
Edit: oh, 3070. Does that cooler blow through like the 3080s and 3090s?
We built a rig for my wife spring 2018 and I remember paying a little over 400 CAD for a 1060. Felt absolutely gutted back then. Sold it for 300 a couple weeks ago (almost 3 years later).
Edit: RAM prices were also batshit crazy IIRC. As in almost double year-on-year (had built mine a year before).
Got 3 emails from EVGA so far. Only signed up for the initial 3080 models (no Hybrid, WC or Kingpin) and the initial 3060 Tis for a buddy.
Got a mail for a 3080 XC3 Ultra which I have in my rig. The model I wanted, too, after FE... Nov 16th.
Also got a mail for 2 3060Tis, the 2 fans XC version...
I contacted them via email during Xmas time about unusual whining with my card (which turned out being an issue with the electricity in the room I moved my office in) and they replied the next day or the one after with an RMA ticket already opened and everything if I ever wanted to go that...