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Arctic Cooling Accelero X2

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The "Silencer" series from Arctic Cooling has been famous for delivering top notch performance while still being quiet. The Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 is the first aftermarket cooler engineered for the ATI Radeon X1800 and X1900 series. It features a completely revamped design and continues the tradition of powerful and silent.

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I do believe I am in love, but I'm a little worried about how the side sticks out. It might be too far out because of the side fans I have in my case.
 

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to be honest thats not much difference in temps with this thing , yes there is some reduction but this si just the x1800xl stats , x1800xt's run much hotter !

design looks sleek , but i can get the same cooling by running a 80mm fan facing the power connector end of my x1800xt , which blows over the MOFSETs too while taking that air into and over the heatsink of the stock cooler and sucked ut the other end !
 
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the side sticks out 4 cm beyond the edge of the card
 
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i wonder how come they didnt go with their traditional "thermal-sleeve" design...
that kind that blows the hot air out of the case... cause that was one of the main advantages of the "older" silencers, IMO...
 
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Nice :cool:
I want one...now!. :rockout:
 
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Hmm, seems the design has a few fatal flaws.
 
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zOaib said:
to be honest thats not much difference in temps with this thing , yes there is some reduction but this si just the x1800xl stats , x1800xt's run much hotter !

design looks sleek , but i can get the same cooling by running a 80mm fan facing the power connector end of my x1800xt , which blows over the MOFSETs too while taking that air into and over the heatsink of the stock cooler and sucked ut the other end !
exactly the way i think, i havent seen anything think like this until now :)
 

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zOaib said:
to be honest thats not much difference in temps with this thing , yes there is some reduction but this si just the x1800xl stats , x1800xt's run much hotter !

design looks sleek , but i can get the same cooling by running a 80mm fan facing the power connector end of my x1800xt , which blows over the MOFSETs too while taking that air into and over the heatsink of the stock cooler and sucked ut the other end !
Yes but think about what the temps would be if you were to do the same thing with that Accelero.
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the side sticks out 4 cm beyond the edge of the card
Yeah that would be REAL tight if it fit.:( Maybe I'll just get another VF-700-Cu?
 
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Yes but think about what the temps would be if you were to do the same thing with that Accelero.
No idea what temps would be but the 2 fans would be blowing against each other with that cooler and 80mm on power end.
 

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will a zalman 700 fit this x1800 or x1900 without issue?
 
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will a zalman 700 fit this x1800 or x1900 without issue?
Yes, it fits on the x1800...i don't know about the x1900.
 

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X1800XT temps?

Hey guys, I just got this yesterday and I put it on an sapphire X1800XT (stock speeds) which i recently got. Does anyone know what the avg temps for a card like this is? The Accelero is really quiet (compared to the stock lawnmower) i'll give it that. Right now i'm at 55 idle and 62-65 load (approx. 20-30 minute of BF2 all settings maxed incl. AA) but i havn't had much time to test more.

I'm not forcing 100% on the fan i'm just running Accelero normal. I've read some reviews on this though such as the one posted above and people are doing 47 idle and 53 load?? Are my temps too high? I think they were about 58 idle before i installed the Accelero. Do you think i botched the install... or is the X1800XT supposed to run hot and my current temps are ok?

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Those temps look fine, you did a good job of fitting it, but it's hard to compare since most people post their idle/load temps with 100% fan. Maybe you should try it and see what you think, the fan on the AC coolers is still very quiet even at 100%

The ATI cards are said to be 'overheating' at 105c i believe. Of course, thermal throttling will have started way below that! The chips can stand high temperatures without being damaged.

Did you buy it for overclocking, or purely to reduce noise?

Good job anyway ;)
 

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I bought it for a little of both those benefits, definately the stock cooler was too loud for my taste when gaming but I was also wanting to flash my card with the X1800XT PE bios. I'm not usually interested too much in fiddling with OC tools and stuff so the idea of just upgrading with the bios was really appealing. I thought with this cooler it might be quite stable and safe.

Havn't decided whether to do the flash yet or not right now for my needs all my games run great. I was thinking of waiting for TES: Oblivion to come out this week before making my final decision.
 

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W1zzard said:
Temperature was measured with one case side open by reading the on-die thermal diode of our ATI Radeon X1800 XL PCI-Express.
How does this make for a valid comparison? Surely you should have left the case side closed to get accurate real world results - the Accelero x2 doesn't exhaust air out of the case like the stock cooler, you're totally negating the effect of this by leaving the case open.
 
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Won't fit on a X1950 AGP!!!

I bought the cooler but it's mounting screws won't fit on card (GeCube X1950 Pro AGP).:cry:


BEWARE AGP USERS!!! Your card may have a different PCB than the PCI-X version tested here!
 

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Thanks for the heads up dimitris. Sorry to hear it didn't fit though :( I suppose since the cooler hasn't been used you could return it though.

How does this make for a valid comparison? Surely you should have left the case side closed to get accurate real world results - the Accelero x2 doesn't exhaust air out of the case like the stock cooler, you're totally negating the effect of this by leaving the case open.
Since everyone has a different case, with different ventilation keeping the side panel on would make it impossible for people to compare to. Everyone can remove the side panel on their computers which will roughly match the conditions W1zzard tested the cooler in.

I hope this clears things up a little ;)
 

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Unfortunately I started the cooler installation by sticking the thermal pads on the memory chips. So they could not be used (sold) again. I could return it based on the fact that it says "1900 - 1800 family compatible" on the box, but its not worth the hassle for 20 euros... especially with the traffic jam here in Athens:wtf:

I am dissapointed mostly because i had a silent system (all arctic cooling stuff) and now i have a noisy one. All other "silent stuff" i have on my rig became useless.
 

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I bought the cooler but it's mounting screws won't fit on card (GeCube X1950 Pro AGP).:cry:


BEWARE AGP USERS!!! Your card may have a different PCB than the PCI-X version tested here!
Drill and tap new mounting holes into the cooler?
 

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Drill and tap new mounting holes into the cooler?
That seems like alot of work, but since they wont take it back..... I would pester them a little bit more, if it says it will work on all X1900 series, then they should take it back.
 

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That seems like alot of work, but since they wont take it back..... I would pester them a little bit more, if it says it will work on all X1900 series, then they should take it back.
Sorry, meant to suggest that only if all else fails.
 

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Sorry, meant to suggest that only if all else fails.
Oh yeah, if they refuse to take it back, I would certainly do it. I didn't mean to say that it was a bad suggestion, because it's not.