Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus II Review

Arctic Cooling was founded in 2002 and the company mainly specializes in CPU and GPU cooling solutions, with their product line including consumer electronics as well. Today we are taking a look at the Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus II VGA cooler, which is considered to be a significant improvement over the classic stock VGA coolers.

 

 

Let’s take a quick look at the cooler’s specs, features and compatibility, taken directly from Arctic’s website:

 

The cooler supports a wider range of cards, using the accessories sets:

 

A Closer Look – Accessories

 

 

The Accelero Xtreme Plus II comes in a simple transparent box that does not feel very secure to use for shipping purposes. At the bottom side we can find information in many languages, while at the back side there is a report on the cooler’s features and specs. Furthermore, there is a VGA model compatibility list. We will also find temperature graphs showing the performance differences between the Accelero and the stock coolers of the high-end GTX580.

 

A Closer Look – Accessories

 

 

RAM and voltage heat sinks in all sizes in order to keep the vga card cool are included in the package, so that the cooler can be installed in a variety of VGA’s without problems. Furthermore, we can find a bracket vent for the third PCI express slot and a power regulator for the fans depending on your needs, between performance and quiet operation. And yes, the Accelero takes up to 3 PCI slots! Washers,screws and thermal conductive material are also included.

The Accelero XTREME Plus II comes with the G-1 thermal glue, which is an electrically non-conductive glue used to affix RAM and VR heatsinks on the VGA board. It is especially formulated to offer excellent thermal conductivity with long-lasting adhesiveness of over 10 years. Moreover, removing the G-1 is as easy as removing a thermal tape. You must mix the 2 bags together and then use the included spatula for applying the thermal compound.

Finally, a detailed manual with schematics and detailed installation instructions is included, helping the user install the cooler painlessly.

 

A Closer Look – The Accelero Xtreme Plus II

 

 

The Accelero features a solid build quality, and you can tell that by the moment you have it in your hands. There are a total of 84 aluminum fins connected to the five copper heat pipes. The cooler is designed so that users having a case with a transparent window will be able to see the Arctic Cooling logo, with the cooler installed on their VGA. Three 1029A fan models are used. They utilise 11 92mm blades and operate up to 2000 RPM and push up to 81CFM, as Arctic Cooling states.

At the bottom of the heatsink we find a generous amount of Arctic Cooling’s MX-4 thermal compound, pre-applied. At the second picture we can see the 3 holes, each one for a different type of vga to install.

 Five copper heat pipes run through the cooler’s body.

Included with the fans we can find a 4-pin to 3-pin  fan header that will fit into the stock connection on the card.

 

Installation

 

 

Installation was very simple – all you need to do is remove the VGA’s standard cooler. Afterwards, you have to use the included thermal compound to affix the RAM and VR heatsinks onto the VGA board. After this has been done, the user has to tight the Accelero cooler using the cooler’s mounting system. You have to be careful though, not to tighten the cooler too much.
The VGA with the cooler mounted looks massive, as mentined before it takes up to three PCI slots.

Generally, it is guaranteed that using the manual’s detailed instructions, the user will not encounter any problems. We installed the cooler in minutes in our GTX480.

 

Test Results

 

 

Judging by the results, we have to do with a cooler that delivers maximum performance combined with low-noise operation.  The AC  Accelero Xtreme Plus II  VGA cooler is an excellent choice. Our testing showed that you can have both performance and nearly silent operation in the same package. It is a worthy and reasonable VGA cooler that will appeal to gamers, modders, and even those that are just looking to further cool their hot video cards. Of course, the price tag is not for everyone’s pocket, considering it is just a VGA cooler, but it surely gets the job it promises done.

Pros

(+) Maximum Performance
(+) Silent

Cons

(-) Price (but you get what you pay for)

 

Thus, we give the Accelero Xtreme Plus II our Editor’s Choice Award.

 

 

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