Originally Posted by bigjdubb
It vents outside the case. From what I have read it's reasonably quiet at high speeds as well. Performance wise there won't be much improvement with a custom card but you will be able to cool the card without as much fan speed, though you have the downside of the coolers venting into the case.
The FE cooler is definitely quieter than the previous reference cooler. It's actually pretty quiet in general if you just drop it in and go but you'll quickly hit 81-82*C and start throttling. I created a custom fan profile in Precision to give me just enough fan RPM to sit around 75*C and at that point the card was clearly audible. Not loud - just very noticeable.
I am currently running a Gaming X and it's literally inaudible at full-load with a max temp of ~70*C. The side effect, as you mentioned, is how these cards dump their exhaust into the case. I personally am having no trouble accommodating it but I'm sure there are certain situations where it could be a concern. I don't know that I would want to sandwich two of these in SLI. For that, the reference cooler would be better suited.Edited by MNiceGuy - 6/13/16 at 12:37pm