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ARCTIC COOLING Accelero XTREME GTX 280 Fluid Dynamic VGA Cooler

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  • 1000 - 2000 RPM (controlled by PWM)
  • 81 CFM

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Brian M.
  • 2/11/2010 8:46:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsBlowing hot & cold

Pros: 10's od DB's lower than stock cooler. Intially keeps cards 10c or more below stock

Cons: Feels like a kit for modders vs. mainstream user. Not horribly difficult to assemble but it takes quite a bit of prep and patience.

It's HUGE. Not sure what SLI compatabile gurantees but I can't see getting another card along side this one.

Other Thoughts: Make very, very sure you have robust air flow in your case. This setup just pushes around the air in your case rather than exausting it out the back. After a prolonged run with Mass Effect 2 I was treated to a locked screen and the sad smell of near burned plastic. OC 260 for parts anyone? Cheap?

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  • William E.
  • 2/2/2010 8:30:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCOLD GPU!!!!!

Pros: Amazingly low temps on my GTX 275. With a generous overclock the full load temps never got higher than 57 C

Cons: - You really have to buy other heatsinks to make it work.

- NEED TO DO RESEARCH, I bought everything after reading forums for hours. I mean hours. I read ever post on every website I could find. So i was well prepared for everything

Other Thoughts: If you want a simple cooler this is not for you.

But if you want the best cooler I have ever seen and you don't mind researching custom installs to see how others have installed then BUY THIS.

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  • Shane D.
  • 1/6/2010 10:24:03 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsInsanely difficult assembly, not made for all video cards

Pros: Installed this on an XFX GTX 285. The three fans and GPU radiator seem to do the job. After installation, the temps (registered via speedfan) went from 85C to 55C. The fans and main GPU regulator seem to be of decent quality.

Cons: I've been doing computer work for years, and when I read some of the other reviews saying that the installation was difficult, I guess I figured that it couldn't be THAT bad and that maybe people were doing something wrong. They weren't. IT IS THAT HARD. First, the instructions are terrible. Second, the custom aluminum heat radiator didn't match the layout of the voltage regulators on the XFX 285. Third, the other square heat radiators weren't enough to cover everything that the stock cooler was covering. I ended up fabricating something out of other parts that I had around, but it wasn't easy. I had to use thermal expoxy to get things to stick. Also, there's a big metal shield that's supposed to go on the back and stick with just some double-sided sticky heat pads. It's a huge shield (the side of the back of the card) and there's NO WAY it's going to stay on with just these little pads. And, there's no way to secure it with the screws that come with it.

Other Thoughts: I'm usually pretty good at physically hacking things to make them work. All in all I probably spent 4 hours assembling this, requiring the use of not only thermal epoxy, but also pliers, wire snips, a hacksaw, and a grinder! This thing will make your GPU cooler, but it's DEFINITELY NOT one-size-fits all, even though it says (on other sites) that it's supposed to fit GTX 260, GTX 280 and GTX 285, and definitely not an easy installation.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/21/2009 1:17:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHard to install

Pros: Nice heat pipes to keep it cool along with 3 fans to keep things quiet. I was really excited to get those high temps on my gtx 280 lower!

Cons: Install was horrible, the thermal pads provided are hard to work with. I had it all put together after about 2 hours of trying to get the screws in and reading the incomplete instructions.... and went to boot up my comp and i had yellow lines through the screen. I had to RMA my gtx 280 because of bad video memory...

Other Thoughts: Never got to use it as i returned it when i RMA'd my card...

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  • Jesse P.
  • 11/5/2009 1:07:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsOverall great cooler

Pros: Lowered my temps at idle by 10-12C (up to 14C with fans at 100%) and at least 20C while gaming. I used this on an EVGA gtx 280 and all parts fit as described.
Other than the lower temperatures, the fans are much quieter than the stock 280 fan (which wasn't bad itself). I don't hear these much under 70%, and if I needed quiet for watching movies or working rather than gaming I can lower it to 50% or lower and not hear it at all. Also a plus is that it didn't raise any other temperatures due to not directly ejecting heat out the rear of the case anymore, although that's definitely more case design than anything.

Cons: The tape included didn't hold very well to the ramsinks, although it seemed to do better after heating up once and I haven't had a problem since. The backplate also became "unstuck" in one or two spots (but firmly held overall) even though it seemed perfectly flat on install. This leads me to believe it may have to do with the fact that the card sags slightly with this heatsink (compared to the EVGA case-like stock cooling system, which makes the card feel like a strong, solid, one-piece unit.)

Other Thoughts: For the price and performance of this unit, I believe this is a great unit. It is only about .5" longer than the evga card stock, not any higher, and about .5" more depth. The last point may be the worse of the three since motherboard spacing is more set than anything. As far as those with case problems, I've found several HTPC cases I could fit my setup with this in, just look around, there isn't any true standard on how the space within any case is used, only the motherboards they will fit. Personally I currently use a HAF 932, which has so much room and access that everything is roomy and easy.

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  • Craig P.
  • 9/28/2009 12:33:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Cooler, But....

Pros: -Great Cooling Benifit
-Somewhat Easy Install

Cons: -The Memory, voltage regulator, etc. heatsinks do not fit my GTX 260 by BFG. The main heatsink/fan unit fits great.

Other Thoughts: Even though it says it will fit the GTX 260, the assec. heatsinks do not. Also the thermal tape is terrible on them, even with a cleaning they come off. I Am satified enough with the 20C temp drop at full usage to keep it, though I bought thermal adhesive and heatsinks to add to the voltage regulators

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  • Thomas T.
  • 9/26/2009 6:34:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsgreat cooler

Pros: This cooler is hands down the best 280 series cooler made.

Cons: On the 65nm gpus the voltage regulator heat sinks do not do a very good job and you might need to use smaller individual heat sinks. This is not a issue with the 55nm version.

Other Thoughts: This cooler is designed to be used with the included ram/voltage regulator heat sinks when using the 65 nm 280 gtx and 65nm 260gtx 192, 216 core . However, with the 55nm 285 gtx, 275 and 260 gtx 216 core you only need to install the fan because the 55nm cards run so much cooler than their 65nm cousins. Also with 3 large fans it puts out so much CF it cools the 55nm versions fine with air only. Once you remove the stock cooler on the 55nm GPUs you will see that the heat sink that the sock cooler uses doesn't cool the voltage regulators on those video cards, other than with air. It doesn't touch them. P.S Do your home work before you buy something.

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3 out of 5 eggsway too much trouble

Pros: It's very quiet and reduced my temperatures. Exactly what a cooler is supposed to do.

Cons: 1) This does NOT fit the evga core 216 gtx260 boards. Basically, you have to dispense with the idea of using ramsinks altogether if you want to use it on this card. This wasn't a big deal to me when I realised it would never work, but if you're planning on vastly overclocking memory, this will probably hurt.

2) I had to remove the shim around the GPU itself to get the block to touch the GPU. THIS IS IMPORTANT, AS IT IS NOT IN ANY INSTRUCTION SET. The block is NOT flat. Extra lapping would help, but I didn't bother.

3) IT'S HUGE. MAKE SURE THIS FITS IN YOUR CASE. This extends the length of the card by nearly an inch, which basically precludes all 18.6" depth cases out there, which is most of them. I had to remove half the drive cage to put this card back in the case.

4) IT'S HUGE HEIGHTWISE, TOO. I was using two GPUs before this, however the cooler on my other card now bumps into this cooler. Roughly 2.5 PCI slots are now used, rather than 2.

Other Thoughts: Admittedly, I could have done my research ahead of time and realised this was completely infeasible as-is, though I'm honestly surprised anyone owns a case that can fit this thing. If you search other forums, you will see many (vocal) owners also had to remove the drive cages.

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  • Michael E.
  • 9/13/2009 9:31:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsgood but bad

Pros: Kept temps very low (even with only 2 of 3 fans working)

Cons: a few problems with this item. first off only 2 of the 3 fans worked out of the box. Second the thermal tapr strips that the ram sinks are held on with did not like to stick at all (and I preped them very well)

Other Thoughts: i would have kept the cooler had all the fans worked and just replaced the thermal tape with some arctic thermal adhesive.)

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