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What are the pros of waiting for a third party card? Just a good fan? If I don't plan on overclocking and have good air flow and ambient temp would it be okay to just get the FE?
 

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What are the pros of waiting for a third party card? Just a good fan? If I don't plan on overclocking and have good air flow and ambient temp would it be okay to just get the FE?
The cooler is usually the main thing. The reference coolers are blower-style ones, which generally don't perform as well for single-card configurations in spacious cases. However, builds in certain SFF cases or builds with multiple cards in one enclosure may benefit from the well-directed exhaust flow that the Founder's Edition cards can provide.

Whether or not that should be a deal-breaker largely depends on which GPU you plan to go for, and your tolerance for noise. Assuming we're not talking about the SFF or multi-card configuration scenario, for example, the current 1080ti pushes the limit on these blower-style coolers, so achieving temperatures similar to something like Gigabyte's Aorus model or ASUS Strix results in significantly greater fan noise. On the other hand, the Founder's Edition 1060s aren't all that bad (though still not as good as the typical dual-fan designs, such as the ASUS dual).

There's also something to be said for chip binning and factory overclocks, but that's relatively minor.
 
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