Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus GPU Cooler

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Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus GPU Cooler

November 4, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus
GPU Cooler
Manufacturer Arctic Cooling
Street Price US$70~75

The high-end GPUs of today are extremely power hungry, with some models gobbling up more than 200W on their own. Their complexity and energy draw has increased faster than CPUs in recent years resulting in a paradigm shift when it comes to quiet computing. In a serious gaming rig, the stock cooler on the video card or cards, not the processor, is typically the loudest component. The position of the graphics chip in a standard ATX tower makes it extremely difficult to cool efficiently and modern stock solutions only do so with high noise levels.

Of course the simplest way to deal with all that extra heat is to just make a larger heatsink, and that's exactly what Arctic Cooling has done. Makers of iconic VGA coolers like the VGA Silencer and Accelero S1, their latest model is an unapologetic, monstrous cooler with three 92 mm fans, the Accelero Xtreme Plus.

Accelero Xtreme Plus package vs. HIS Radeon HD 5870 stock cooler.

To those of you screaming 'overkill!' at your screen, keep in mind the best dual fan cooler we've tested, the GELID Icy Vision, cooled down our Radeon HD 4890 fairly well, but by our estimates, it's only a 150W card. For cards with power draws in the 200W range, it might not be that effective, particularly if the fan speeds are turned down to keep the system quiet. It will be interesting to see how how much better the Accelero Xtreme Plus is at cooling an Overclocked HIS Radeon HD 5870, which by our estimates can pull 215W on full load.

Included accessories.

The Xtreme Plus ships with a 7V/12V molex fan adapter, screws and washers, and a PCI bracket vent for the slot below the card after it has been installed. Eight ramsinks, four sets of four different sized VRM heatsinks, and a small tube of thermal adhesive came in a separate accessory package.

Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief
Our Comment
Unmatched cooling performance – 250 Watts – for a multi-compatible VGA cooler Given its sheer size and three fans, we believe this claim.

3 ultra quiet 92mm PWM fans with low noise impeller

Our experience with Arctic Cooling fans have generally been positive.
5 heatpipes and 84 fins for efficient heat dissipation With five heatpipes and a massive fin stack it should be a topnotch performer.
Patented fan holder eliminates buzzing and vibrating sound As long as the plastic surrounding the fans is secure, this shouldn't be an issue.
Pre-applied ARCTIC MX-4 Arctic Cooling's MX series of thermal compounds are highly regarded.
Compatible with CrossFire and SLI Requires a minimum of two slots separating the cards.

Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Dimensions 290 L x 104 W x 56 H mm
Fan 92mm x 3 fans with 120mm cable
Fan speed 900 - 2000 RPM (controlled by PWM)
Air flow 81 CFM / 138m3/h
Max. Cooling Capacity 250 Watts
Bearing Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Weight 622g
Warranty 6 year
EAN-Code 0872767002531
Important Notice
The Accelero XTREME Plus does not have any additional heatsinks for VR and RAM. To use the cooler on a VGA board it needs to be purchased with a specific set of heat sinks. Please find the according sets underneath.
Set Compatible Models
VR001 ATI Radeon
HD 6870, 5870, 5830, 4890, 4870, 4850, 4830, 3870, 3850
GTS 250, 9800GTX+, 9800GTX
VR002 nVIDIA GeForce GTX
285, 280, 275, 260+, 260
VR003 nVIDIA GeForce GTX
470, 465
VR004 nVIDIA GeForce GTX
VR005 nVIDIA GeForce GTX

Arctic Cooling offers different sets of memory, VRM heatsinks, and mounting plates for different cards (listed above) rather than including them all in one package for universal compatibility. They offer a couple of pre-bundled versions, the Xtreme 5870 with VR001, the set with the highest compatibility, and the Xtreme GTX Pro with VR002 for the GTX 260/275/280/285. They also sell an Xtreme 5970, a larger version that can handle the Radeon HD 5970's dual GPUs.

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