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Yeah that's what I did on my Xp. Got some pliers and ripped off the heatsink, but on my card there were two tabs poking up that I had to dremel off as well. I don't see those on your baseplate, so you should be good by just ripping off that heatsink. Also keep in mind that the Morpheus can sag a bit near the end so you may have to bend it upwards slightly.
VRM and VRAM temps will be slightly worse than going with the included heatsinks, but it's a lot easier to install and maintain. You might be able to find an extra cooler+baseplate on ebay if you want to revert to 100% stock.
Both the MK-26 and Morpheus II are good heatsinks, and both are dated designs, especially the latter. The Morpheus style heatsink was originally from the Logisys VC6006 Dracula which came out around 2005. Mk-26 is 2012. Only difference between the Dracula, M1 and M2 are the accessories and mounting plates. The Core edition is a powder coated + clear coat which makes the heatsink fins twice as thick, but does not hinder performance surprisingly. MK-26 black version was done right with electroplating.
Keep in mind that the review Herooftime posted is using the same 120mm fans on both coolers. The M2 doesn't officially support 140mm fans, and the MK-26 is wider to accomodate the width of a 140mm fan. Because of that, the 140mm fan will utilize some more surface area on the MK-26 which should drop temps a bit more, though it's still going to be really close to the M2 overall.
The Gigabyte 1080ti gaming does not have a baseplate that covers the VRMs, but does have a VRAM baseplate. You'll have to use the included VRM heatsink to cover the mosfets back there.
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Last edited by airisom2; 11-10-2018 at 03:19 AM.