If the zotac 1070 and 1080ti are any indication of how loud these are then they are not loud, I'd say average until you go to 75% speed where it becomes a bit louder. They're definitely quieter than the blower ones.
Check the reviews on it. All say the same, it's a loud fan. Saying that, my EVGA 1070 can get loud sometimes. If you wear headphones its not an issue
Really? I have the 970 mini and it's not been that loud.
All the rumours swirling around the interwebs about the 11 series cards are bunk, Nvidia has no samples out there and what will be released will only be refreshes and rebrands of the 10 series. You might see some faster memory and higher core counts and things like that but Memory of all kinds is scarce at the moment.
I wonder if 1180 would have same performance improvements over 1080 as 10 series had over 9? that'd be pretty sweet.