Acoustic and Thermal Results
The STRIX cooler didn't register on our decibel meter more than 30cm from the open case. Within 30cm, we recorded a reading of about 36dBA under load. The real-world experience was that the card doesn't make any noise.
Thermals were an idle temperature of around 33-34 degrees typically with the maximum temperature we recorded under load reaching 69C with a typical gaming temperature of low 60s. One thing to remember with cards like the STRIX is that case airflow is important and it doesn't have to be a tornado in there, just a steady movement of air. If you can move air directly past the card then it's even better and we can see how adding a case fan header to the rear edge of the PCB makes sense.
We didn't have any joy in sustaining a material overclock on this one.