Reviews and Problems with Arctic Cooling Accelero L2 Pro
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Saved my 6870
Robert S., Newegg
3 weeks ago
Summary: i used this to save a non reference smaller, more compact XFX HD6870 1GB (XFX HD-687A-ZHFC) that had lost its fan, and was running at 90+ degrees under load, even when underclocked. my card is not in the list of compatible models, but it works just fine. would highly recommend this product for a quick, cheap fix.
Pros: you get everything you need. plus, lots of extras for the price.
Cons: it Came with 4 Screws for the mounting the bracket to the board, but did not come with the two screws needed to mount the hardware to the bracket. the packaging only contains 4 screws and 4 washers. i had to use two screws from my old hardware to attach the hardware to the bracket. but also the instruction are not very clear as to how many screws should be used and where, i may have miss read and only was supposed to put two screws on the mount, and two on the hardware.
Summary: Like others who have posted their reviews here, I too was missing the screws, washers, plastic standoffs, and double-sided sticky tape from my package...which kept me from being able to install the fan on my video card. Clearly there is an issue with Arctic Cooling somewhere over in (China?) where this is being packaged. Luckily, Newegg was very good about getting me an RMA and shipping me a replacement.
Pros: It appears to be well-constructed and quiet. The packaging is minimal and the all-aluminum heat-sinks for the ram modules appear well made.
Cons: Missing parts...hard to install the fan and heat-sink without all the necessary proprietary screws and standoffs.
Summary: One my cats managed to knock it off a table. There was no damage and a few bent fins that were easily bent back.
Pros: Used this to replace the stock heatsink on a radeon 4850. Dropped the temps from the mid 90's to 65C under full load. The included fan in nearly silent at full speed. The 2 part thermal adhesive works well when properly mixed. Double sided stickers are nice for holding the spacer in place
Cons: The package did not include enough heatsinks for the memory and voltage regulators on my 4850. This sink turned a 1 slot card into a 3 slot card. The double sided stickers are a pain to remove.
Summary: The ram sinks have a terrible paste that doesn't really stick even when you follow directions and let the paste sit for up to 5 hours after application.
Pros: Much quieter than my stock XFX 6850 fan, and that is really the main reason for the purchase. The stock cooler worked great, but it sounded like a vacuum cleaner inside my computer case. The L2 is virtually silent at full speed and completely silent using the 7V adapter.
Cons: Unfortunately the cooler actually raised the temps of my graphics card, but since I am running in crossfire everything is a little toasty during gaming. It is also quite large and can't be used on the top card in X-fire, only the bottom due to not enough space between cards for the cooler to fit.
Summary: Not sure what happened to my first review, but I had a few other things I wanted to point out anyways.
Pros: - Virtually silent
Cons: - Only came with a 3-prong and 4-prong fan speed power adapter, I need a 2-prong to be able to program fan speed as a "GPU" fan from the source on the card. I had to use just a PSU power connecter adapter to run it at one speed (still cools very well under load, and is very silent)
Summary: I have no cons for this product. I was very skeptical of buying this over the 2 or 3 fan model as I didn't think this would have enough cooling power for my XFX HD 6870 2GB. My stock fan was just so loud and obnoxious and was horrible cooling. But at $23 I said what the hay, I'll try it out.