So with regards to AIBs.. is it the consensus here that EVGA and Gigabyte are the best options? Other recommendations?
If you want it ASAP, you may only be able to find a random brand in stock. Even then there is still the silicon lottery. So you need to either wait, or buy a ticket. It will take a long time before any reviews really tell you which particular brand is better. It's rare that there is a truly bad model, but sometimes there are bad batches. That takes months to really show itself.
I expect this round of GPUs to be very hard to get because they are launching at the same time as the consoles and Cyberpunk. I plan to open tabs for all sites and hammer the fuck out of them until I see an Add to Cart button. I don't care too much what brand but would prefer a step up in the cooling department. I just want one to get here in time to play Cyberpunk on it.