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ARCTIC Accelero Mono Plus VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 120mm Efficient PWM Fan, SLI/CrossFire
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3 out of 5 eggs Really good for the $40 price range. 09/17/2016

This review is from: ARCTIC Accelero Mono Plus VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 120mm Efficient PWM Fan, SLI/CrossFire

Pros: -Keeps my RX 480 overclocked at a really steady temp.
-Set my target temp at 70C and it's very quiet there.
-Includes headsinks for your vram and VRMs

Cons: -Very big on the card.
-It pokes out so far that it touches the side panel fan.
-It's a lot heavier so it weighs down the card and flexes it.

Other Thoughts: This is a must have if you have an AMD card like the RX 480 (mostly reference owners) and are on a budget as everyone knows by now AMD's thinking process on cooling the RX 480 was a complete afterthought. I currently don't have any heatsinks on the VRAMs but I do on the VRMs. For the price you pay, it works insanely well and depending on what target temp you have set, it's very quiet. Spins at 1500RPMs when set at 70C. Any lower and I'm sure the fan will start to spin up faster. Definitely worth the investment.

This thing has permanently bent my card after just a months use. I set just the bare card on the table and I can push one side and it'll lift off the other. When putting back on the reference cooler, I had to bend it back a little in order to line up the screw holes (I have the XFX Black Edition with the back plate and it was not aligned with the plate). I have since found out that applying new thermal paste to the RX 480 with reference coolers cools better than before. Of course, it doesn't cool better than this Accelero Mono Plus but it cools it enough to where it won't thermal throttle. This would be great if you have a case where it positions your card sideways instead of the normal ATX way.

XFX Radeon RX 480 DirectX 12 RX-480M8BBA6 8GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Black Edition Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Not for someone that doesn't know what they're doing in Wattman. 09/17/2016

This review is from: XFX Radeon RX 480 DirectX 12 RX-480M8BBA6 8GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Black Edition Video Card

Pros: -Took 100W out of my power usage compared with my R9 290 (300W compared to 400W)
-DX12 and Vulkan driven card
-Much like the R9 200 series of cards, drivers will get better over time
-Wattman is a good software that was added to the drivers. 290s don't have this at all and it is nice to control the card's powers and clocks
-Entire system idles under 100W (compared to the 290 that idles right at 200W)
-Full load is right at 300W (400W with the 290)

Cons: -This specific card has throttling issues and is cause by heat AND lack of power
-XFX states 1328MHz out of the box but it won't run at those speeds unless you set the power to 20% (or more) and adjust the fan speed to 5000RPM if you don't want to cook your card higher than 80C
-Doesn't run any cooler than the 290
-Definitely cannot handle the heat like the 290 can (yes, the 290 is a reference card and can run at a constant 95C)
-Could just be my particular card but the voltage is set at 1150 out of the box and it didn't keep a stable 1328MHz clock. I had to turn it down to 1120 to get a consistant 1328MHz during benchmarking
-When you adjust the fan speeds during benchmarking in Wattman, the fan slows all the way down to lowest and slowly climbs it way back up. My 290 does not do this

-You NEED a good flowing case if you want to keep the reference card coolers.
-The stock thermal paste from factory is NOT GOOD!

Other Thoughts: For being $30 more, I would expect the advertised 1328MHz overclock out of the box. But instead, it requires some tinkering in Wattman. For me, I had to set the power to 21% higher and messed with the fan speeds to see what I can tolerate vs temp. I currently have it set to 5000RPM and it keeps it at 80C with the max set at 82C. Compared to the 290, it only outperforms it by a little but in time when drivers mature and more DX12/Vulkan games are released, this card will start to shine. I thought I was going to regret buying this card because I found out the poor performance from my 290 was caused by thermal throttle but I'm really enjoying testing this card out. Will even get a 2nd to crossfire on this 650W PSU since the power usage of this card is really good. And also, I would definitely look into liquid cooling this thing. Even with the fan blasting at 5000RPM, it's struggling keeping it bellow 80C. NZXT makes a bracket but I'm hoping Corsair will come out with something too.

Editing since bought a 2nd one:
I now have 2 of these in crossfire and it's simply pretty amazing how well Crossfire scales certain games. But now, my wattage has went from 300W at full load to 520W (560W peak). Idle has increased very slightly to 100W instead of 95W. I have also since then removed the Accelero Mono Plus and put back on the reference cooler to test that out some more along with adding 2 140mm fans to the side panel to give it more flow.

I take back what I said about the reference cooler being bad. They're actually pretty decent. The problem is the case you put the card in, especially if you have 2 in Crossfire. You NEED a good airflowing case. With my previous being a Corsair 300R, I have even swapped the case to an Antec P193. I have 2 120mm front (one of the 120 fronts are for the bottom chamber so that doesn't do much for flow of the upper part of the case) and 2 140mm on top for better flow. I run Unigine Heaven in Crossfire to really heat up the cards and it hangs around and under the target temp of 80C. Even with the first card fan adjusted to 4000RPM and the 2nd card at 3200RPM, It barely reaches that 4000RPM limit. Nothing is thermal throttling or anything as I set the throttle limit to 90C. You still need to know what you're doing in Wattman though and definitely makes sure you have good flow through your case. If your case can accept side panel fans, install those too. Other then that, after putting the reference cooler back on, the Accelero Mono Plus has permanently bent this card. I don't think I will never put on such heavy coolers on a single card anymore for even a week and it's only been on the card for a little less than a month. The only thing the reference design cooler needed is better thermal paste. The factory paste is just utterly terrible. What brought my temps down was wiping off the old paste and applying Arctic Silver 5. Of course, you can use any other thermal paste that has good ratings. It actually brought my temps down. Just from applying new thermal paste! I'm talking 5C cooler idle and 10C cooler load. Highly suggest you do this when you get your reference RX 480.

Phanteks PH-F120MP 120mm PWM High Static Pressure Radiator Fan
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great radiator fan for the money 08/31/2016

This review is from: Phanteks PH-F120MP 120mm PWM High Static Pressure Radiator Fan

Pros: -Cheap
-High static pressure fan that is great for a pull configuration

Cons: -4 pin connector for PWM
If you connect your fan to the motherboard, make sure you can adjust the fan speed. Gigabyte doesn't have the greatest in fan control in their BIOS so I had to connect this to molex instead.

Other Thoughts: I've bought many quiet fans to replace the noisy one that came with my Corsair H55. I've stumbled upon this fan for a very good price. It pulls air through the radiator better than other fans that aren't high static pressure.


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