OK, So i recieved my block and am very happy with the performance, managed to get my card to 1550/8000 and temps are 32 Deg C tops!
However i do have a small complaint, i think your instuctions should be updated for the strix, they seem to generic 980ti to me.
I had some trouble when installing the backplate, the screws i was told to use are 8mm, this was clearly too long as when i went to remove the backplate to check the pads made contact the "standoffs" on the block itself that the screws locate into came loose and started to undo.
This meant that untill i realised what was going on that the standloffs were "jacking" the pcb and bending it quite substantially (i even heard a crack before i realised), thank god the card was not broken, no excessive forces were used.
Clearly the screws i was told to used were too long and bottomed out in the threaded standoffs on the block and caused them to unscrew. Another thing is the instructions clearly say to use the washers for the backplate, however with the washers installed the backplate and thermal pads do not make contact with the card so i removed the washers and it works fine.
Perhaps this should be looked into? Id definately sugest getting some kind of locking mechanism in place for the threaded standoffs in the block itself, even if locktite is used that would greatly help!
Other than that fantastic build quality and performance!