Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME Plus VGA Cooler

The Accelero XTREME Plus is a fantastic performing and well designed graphic card cooler that replaces the stock cooling for the maximum possible cooling for your video card system.

Ease of Use, Performance: 20/25
Look & Feel: 23/25
Features 23/25
How much I enjoy 24/25

Total: 90/100

Accellero XTREME Plus

The Accelero XTREME Plus is a fantastic graphics cooling solution for your graphics card whether it’s an NVIDIA or ATI current generation video card. The Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME Plus is an after market solution that replaces the stock cooler for a much better cooling solution for your graphics card.

The Accelero XTREME Plus comes with the fan assembly and heat sinks that replace or enhance the current cooling solutions for the following graphics card series:

ATI 6870, 5870, 5830, 4890, 4870, 4850, 4830, 3870 and 3850
NVIDIA 580, 570, 480, 470, 465, 460, 285, 280, 275, 260+, 260, 250, 9800 GTX+, 9800 GTX

The XTREME Plus is a three fan solution that does come apart so you can use just the copper heat sink assembly but the three 92mm fans adds a lot of cooling power. The heat sink assembly is a 290mm by 104mm by 56mm cooler but also should be installed with some additional chip heat sinks.

Whats in the Box

Arctic Cooling sells kits for the various heat sinks other than the main VGA chip set so you can add additional cooling performance. The set of coolers I received also came with the Arctic Cooling VR001 heat sink kit that has plenty of stick on heat sinks and adhesive.

To start you need to carefully remove the current heat sink assembly and clean off the boards and chips to ready the graphics card for the new heat sink. I used a Thermal Material Remover but Arctic Cooling recommends that you at least use tissue and an eraser to make sure the chips are clean.

I used extreme care to remove the old heat sink twisting gently and then cleaned off the chips with the remover and some cheese cloth. I then rubbed each chip with an eraser to ensure proper adhesion of the new chips, I also purchased a replacement heat sink for the set of power transistors on the back of the board.

I did not like how the new heat sinks that came with the kit were installed individually so I purchased a larger heat sink and cut it to size and then drilled holes for mounting. I installed all the heat sinks on the chips and the main heat sink later after the others had dried and everything was actually easier than I had feared.

Installing Heat Sinks

The secondary heat sinks are all adhered to the chips using an adhesive but you can remove them later if absolutely necessary but this is probably not a good idea. You should consider this as a permanent solution for your cooling and from my experience it does work well, extremely well.

After installing the main heat sink and screwing it in place I installed one of the two graphics cards in my system for some testing. First off the fan is quiet, much quieter than the stock fan on the Galaxy GTX 460 but you can still hear it if there is no other noise in my office.

Total silence is not going to happen but it is very quiet once you have it installed and part of your computer, so quiet that you cannot tell if it is running over the other fans in my computer. The three fans are controlled by PWM or you can run them full speed at 12 volts or 7 volts using a different power cable.

I opted to just run them full out at 12 volts and see how things went and I was very impressed both with a single card and two cards in SLI mode. Yes, you can fit both cards in a system and have two GTX 460 cards even though many of the sites and even Arctic Cooling refer to the cards as a three slot cooling solution.

Stock VS Accellero XTREME Plus

The graphics card cooler does take up three slots, sort of, but you can fit them in and have them work just fine without them touching anything critical. The plastic fan guards of the top card does rest on the lower card if I do not have anything propping up the cards but I solved this as well.

I used a small plastic cap and double stick tape to help prop up the bottom card that rests close to the power supply and the adjustable fan slot on my ThermalTake case to help prop up the upper graphics card.

This was the only thing I felt needed some consideration in installing both the graphics cards and heat sinks in my system, some kind of prop to support the cards. I have a larger full tower case and this allows the longer cards the room inside the case, I would not consider these coolers on a mid-sized or smaller case as you may not have enough room.

I did see plenty of cooling benefits from using the coolers, that is what they are made for and using a single card I was seeing 40 to 42 degrees Celsius in gaming. When using Furmark to torture test the cards and with either a single card or both graphics cards I get about 50 to 52 degrees maximum from either card when both are installed.

Dual Graphics Cards

This is pretty impressive considering I was getting 67 to 70 degrees Celsius when playing first person shooter games like Battlefield Bad Company 2 using a single Galaxy GTX 460 card with the stock coolers. I was getting readings of 69 to 72 degrees Celsius from both cards when torture testing them with Furmark to get both graphics processors up to 100% usage.

I never saw temperatures in or around 55 degrees Celsius the whole time or after installation using the Accelero XTREME Plus coolers on a two graphic card solution in SLI. This is pretty impressive when considering the additional space of the larger coolers and heat sinks these use.

My computer may be a bit crowded and I do have to use a plastic stick to unlock the cards when I remove them as I do not have room to get a hand between the cards and down to the motherboard. I usually do this anyway when having both cards in SLI configuration just to make sure I do not bend or break anything with my large hands.

I have not had any problems since installing the cards and the adhesive has held up very well on all the individual heat sinks that are just adhered to the chips. The whole set up of the Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME Plus is fantastic and even with dual graphics cards it works extremely well.

I highly recommend the Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME Plus VGA cooler for a simple solution to keep temperatures down on your current generation graphics cards.

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