Add me to the club! I bought the RTX 2070 XC Ultra Gaming Eidtion that has the 2.75 PCI slot thickness that supposedly allows better heat dispersal, way back when it first came out. Can't recall exact date, but I'd say November.
I got it when Ebay had a coupon and it was $506.98 after shipping. I considered upgrading as my invoice from NewEgg showed the price at $606.98 and apparently EVGA were willing to honor it, but the RTX 2070 was working well and I don't envision a 4k screen in my future anytime, like ever, lol.
So, rather than risk higher idling temps and just higher temps in general I stuck with the RTX 2070 XC Ultra Gaming Edition. EVGA support said temp difference would be 5C max and they're probably right, but that laziness in me definitely contributed to not taking advantage of the step-up.
If the 90-day upgrade program allowed me to cross-ship to see the difference in heat, I'd probably have given the 2080 a look. As it is with a 1080p monitor, I think it'll be sufficient for what I need it to do. It also idles at 32C, sometimes a little lower and it never even gets close to the kind of temps I saw on my EVGA 970 SSC 2.0+ edition, which was the one w/ the fixed heatsink supposedly (for 970's at least).
I put the 970 SSC into a friends computer that is a pre-made HP, but thankfully it had the necessary connectors needed to upgrade from it's GTX 960 PoS oem version.
I was worried I'd see higher idle/load temps and so decided to stick with what I bought to begin with. If I could have paid a little more to get the 2.75 pci slot rtx 2080 card, I would have done so most likely.
Very cool what you guys have figured out about flashing these cards. Apparently mine already has a 240w limit, which is the highest I believe a 2070 will go, but still very cool for the rest of you.
Feel free to lmk what I'm missing, if anything.