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Accelero Xtreme GTX 280 mini review and support

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does anyone knows if the GTX 285 stock cooler or GTX 260 stock cooler is the same as the GTX 280 stock cooler?
Because i need the VRM part you know...
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Nope, GTX 285 cooler is different and so are all the 55nm coolers. You'll need a 65nm GTX 260 cooler, it's the same.
 

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Hey OnBoard, nice review :)

Just a question. the ZEROtherm VGA FETs that you tried (green ones) you said the 3 biggest ones were too high to fit on. How too high were they? They are 9.2mm on the spec sheet.
Reason I am asking is that I am going to try something like this with some different VRM coolers, but they are 9mm high.
 

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Mother fuckers!
 

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Hey OnBoard, nice review :)

Just a question. the ZEROtherm VGA FETs that you tried (green ones) you said the 3 biggest ones were too high to fit on. How too high were they? They are 9.2mm on the spec sheet.
Reason I am asking is that I am going to try something like this with some different VRM coolers, but they are 9mm high.

9mm high is fine.

Max clearance for the vrm area is 11.5mm :)
 

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Hey OnBoard, nice review :)

Just a question. the ZEROtherm VGA FETs that you tried (green ones) you said the 3 biggest ones were too high to fit on. How too high were they? They are 9.2mm on the spec sheet.
Reason I am asking is that I am going to try something like this with some different VRM coolers, but they are 9mm high.

Thanks. I had the heatsinks on top of the AC VRM sink, hence they didn't fit.

9mm high is fine.

Max clearance for the vrm area is 11.5mm :)

That 11,5mm is from PCB I assume? You cut 3mm of the enzotechs, or you just took of more to be safe :) PCI-e power plug barely fits and that's ~13mm.

Though the VRMs can't be much more than 1mm high, so 11.5mm sounds right.

That was just me thinking out loud, Biker knows better having made four(?) of these installations :)
 

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Ok kool, thanks. Was thinking of putting something like these on:



-Apparently- they are from AC to use for VGA Ramsinks, but maybe they can be used for VRM :)
 

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I dont get it, the specs are nearly the same as some of the heatsinks OnBoard tried.
http://www.zerotherm.net/eng/product/ZH100.asp

Am I missing something..

Yes.

Onboard stuck the sinks ON TOP of the supplied VRM cooler, not directly on the VRM's...




As you can see, there is not much space there to stick to and if the sink is too heavy it will simply fall of...

I suppose the Zerotherm "C-Type" (11 in the pack) might just do it but I have none here to test with...
 
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I suppose the Zerotherm "C-Type" (11 in the pack) might just do it but I have none here to test with...

Yes, they would fit, but I doubt they'd cool enough on GTX 280. If you have a GTX 260, then probably yes. Artic Cooling is even saying the VRM plate is optional on GTX 260, kinda bold claim, would hate to see anyone braking their card.

http://www.arctic-cooling.com/downloads/installation/AXGTX280_NVGTX260(old)_installation.pdf

For nVIDIA GeForce GTX260, the maximum temperature tolerance of its voltage regulators and RAMs is 140°C and 105°C respectively. Due to high airflow generated by the Accelero
XTREME GTX280 cooler, the voltage regulators and RAMs remain at around 50°C at all loads. As a result, the use of voltage regulator heatsinks and thermal pads is optional.
nVIDIA GeForce GTX260


Please don't do the above with 65nm GTX 260, or if you really must, test the temps you get. For new layout cards it's a different matter, they have redesigned VRM area that runs much cooler (and is easier to sink).
 

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Still waiting for it's release in the US... :shadeshu:

I've debated the HR-03 a couple times, or trying the 120mm fan mod on the stock cooler someone someone posted earlier, I recently tore down and did a thourough cleaning of the sink, getting better temps, but it's so nice to have a quiet rig that runs cool with the GTX260 running 40%...though I run around 60% with OC.

C'mon AC, get that cooler over here! :toast:
 

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Correct :)



Those sinks are too big to fit!

The heatsink base needs to be about 6mm a side.... and you need seven of them ;)

They come in a pack of 8.

Hmm if they are too big there goes that idea..
 

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awesome thread :toast:, Ive just today ordered 2 Gainward GTX260+ 1792mb cards, not sure what the VRM or memory cooling scenario is but you can bet ill have a thorough look :)

Ive been thru a 65nm GTX260 c216 and a GTX295, both of which had vrm temps between 80-100 while under full load, however i left the cooling on both stock, as i found the GTX260's to be awesomely sufficient and quiet, while looking great and feeling really sturdy, and seriously screw changing a GTX295's cooler... i wanted the backplate but never got one...

anyone know if the Palit/Gainward GTX260 1792's come with a backplate, i cant find a pic of the back of one :laugh:
 

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Thanks to OnBoard i did the mod as well on my Gigabyte GTX 285, a slightly different but almost the same.:toast:
Instead of cutting only to the vrm's i included the first row of the VRAM section.
I used a litle bit of Arctic silver to cover the VRM and VRAM sections and mounted it back with the original screws.
Im still not happy with the other VRAM's and the NVIO chip and i will replace that later with coppper heatsinks!

After that i started to playing with Nibitor and edited the BIOS so that over 50c the Fans of the Arctic Xtreme runs at 100%, still it is much better than the stock cooler!
The sound of the stock cooler was driving me crazy, this cooler at full speed is not annoying!

So my card is now running on:
GPU: 740
Shader clock:1600
Memory:1400

The card is rock solid and giving me the result of 17400 in 3DMark @ 1920x1200 :)
With 16xASF,8AA @ 1920x1200,its giving me 12300 wich is close to the GTX 295 performance ;)
 

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awesome thread :toast:, Ive just today ordered 2 Gainward GTX260+ 1792mb cards, not sure what the VRM or memory cooling scenario is but you can bet ill have a thorough look :)

anyone know if the Palit/Gainward GTX260 1792's come with a backplate, i cant find a pic of the back of one :laugh:

Thanks and most likely not as 1792MB cards seem to have all memory on the front.

Thanks to OnBoard i did the mod as well on my Gigabyte GTX 285, a slightly different but almost the same.:toast:

Instead of cutting only to the vrm's i included the first row of the VRAM section.
I used a litle bit of Arctic silver to cover the VRM and VRAM sections and mounted it back with the original screws.
Im still not happy with the other VRAM's and the NVIO chip and i will replace that later with coppper heatsinks!

Looks good :) So the GTX285 doesn't even cool the VRM's with the stock cooler, must run pretty cool. Plenty holes though for Accelero to push air there.

NVIO plate doesn't seem to cover the left side RAM that well, it having 4 chips there instead of 2 in GTX 280. You could take a bit of the top and bottom right corner, so that it only covers the two middle chips and then use the rest of the other RAMsink to cover the last 2.

 
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Well this is my final version!:toast:
I purchased the Scythe SCVCH-1000 set and rebuild the setup of the GTX 285.
The NVIO HSI heatsink from the set didnt fit (was already afraight of this) so i did mod the Arctic NVIO heatsink and now it is much better :)
Also the left upper chip is now covered (at least it should be).
I discovered while testing that the memory is able to run @ 1425 instead of 1400, so the vram sinks do their job OK.:D

Here are some pics!
 

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Well this is my final version!:toast:
I purchased the Scythe SCVCH-1000 set and rebuild the setup of the GTX 285.
The NVIO HSI heatsink from the set didnt fit (was already afraight of this) so i did mod the Arctic NVIO heatsink and now it is much better :)
Also the left upper chip is now covered (at least it should be).
I discovered while testing that the memory is able to run @ 1425 instead of 1400, so the vram sinks do their job OK.:D

Here are some pics!
Well done dude!
 

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Yep, nicely done TuxBrothers, that won't overheat even with trying :) Arctic Cooling could have supplied the other holes on the NVIO sink too, but saving is a saving.
 
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Thx and no price gouging there wtf. (I take that back 61.95 is the retail price.) http://www.arctic-cooling.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=2_&mID=237 You really have to think about this purchase because if you add 70.00+ dollars to what you spent on your gpu you could buy a hell of alot more video card. In my case a 4870x2 or 285gtx 2gb, might be hotter running but faster all the same. Still ya gotta love Arctic cooler.
 
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hey OnBoard i totally forgot, ive done "largely" this mod on my 4870 512mb!

what i did was water cool both of them but then sold one. i really wanst happy with 100 degree VRM temps so i dismantled the stock cooler.

Turns out there's a massive coverage plate on the 4870 cooler that does VRM's memory etc, the lot bar the GPU, so i attached that and the w/c block on top, and voila, back to stock VRm temps :)

its a kick ass mod, and so cost effective, reusing parts of a cooler you've already scrapped.

:toast:
 

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Thx and no price gouging there wtf. (I take that back 61.95 is the retail price.) http://www.arctic-cooling.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=2_&mID=237 You really have to think about this purchase because if you add 70.00+ dollars to what you spent on your gpu you could buy a hell of alot more video card. In my case a 4870x2 or 285gtx 2gb, might be hotter running but faster all the same. Still ya gotta love Arctic cooler.

If you hurry you can get it for 41$
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=FA...da06bce0cc661f048957ef04465f2d162a45e519a2bd5

Deal won't last long though.
 

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If you hurry you can get it for 41$

That's one sweet price. Come on people jump on it before it's gone. And good that thecooler if finally available in USA too :)

hey OnBoard i totally forgot, ive done "largely" this mod on my 4870 512mb!

Turns out there's a massive coverage plate on the 4870 cooler that does VRM's memory etc, the lot bar the GPU, so i attached that and the w/c block on top, and voila, back to stock VRm temps :)

its a kick ass mod, and so cost effective, reusing parts of a cooler you've already scrapped.

:toast:

Yep, spotted that on some other thread. Good thing with 4870 cooler is that is has a big hole in core spot. No need to cut to make room for aftermarket cooler mounts.

edit: next post #100 and soon 7000 views \o/ Had no idea this thread would get so popular. Thanks to all of you.
 

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Yep, spotted that on some other thread. Good thing with 4870 cooler is that is has a big hole in core spot. No need to cut to make room for aftermarket cooler mounts.

edit: next post #100 and soon 7000 views \o/ Had no idea this thread would get so popular. Thanks to all of you.

100 it is :)

yeah the shroud is perfect, has a perfect square cut out for the core, it fit my water block with barely mm's to spare.

the solution before was zalman ram heatsinks and a temp controlled fan, given the VRM's were 100+ degrees, the fan was LOUD for a 60mm, the solution i came up with (the core of this thread) is by far the best solution.

with the amount of people adopting this "broad" solution for aftermarket cooling their cards, im sure you'll see 200 posts and 14k views soon enough.

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