Reviews and Problems with Arctic Cooling Accelero X2
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13 July 2007
Summary: It is also lighter than the stock cooler. The thermal pads must be used on the memory for if you just use Artic silver the paste does not touch the memory to the cooler.
Pros: It really is much more quiet than the stock x1950xt cooler. It also lowered my temps a good bit. down to an idle of 50 instead of 70. Installation was a snap.
Cons: The hot air does blow out the back. Normally this would not be a problem but for me it blows into my chipset and my hard drives are there. *dfi lanparty* this causes a lot of heat buildup in this area.
Summary: I wish they still made the ATi silencer/NV silencer type coolers, i miss those. They were quieter(to me at least) and exhausted all the heat out of the case.
Pros: Cools very well compare to stock. My X1950XTX ran at 77C idle and now 52C idle, 88C load and now 76C load. Much quieter than stock, no more annoying buzz saw sounds coming from the X1950XTX's cooler.
Cons: The fan controller for the X1950XTX is a 4 pin PWM which the Accelero does not have, its a 3 pin. You have to go to the fan plug on the Accelero and switch the position of the black and red wires and then plug it into the 3/4 left slots on the X1950XTX. Air goes right back into the case heating e...
Summary: If your stock cooler's sound is too much for you to handle I would seriously consider buying this. With adequate case cooling this cooler will surpass stock cooling leading to possibly high over clocks
Pros: I purchased this as a replacement for my x1900xt which sounded like a jet engine on boot, and it's remarkable how much better of a cooler it is. The cooler is extremely quite and does a better job of cooling than stock with good case ventilation. Installation is a breeze and I had everything repl...
Cons: The air isn't pushed out of the case by the fan and is recirculated into the case.
Summary: I have a AIW X1900 that I've been attempting to overclock. With the stock cooler, temps were reaching 80-90C range just benchmarking the card. Now I barely reach 70c under load. My max artifact free overclock is 628 on the GPU amd 603 on the memory without messing with voltages.
Pros: Relatively easy to install, very quiet operation and keeps GPU temps low.
Cons: I really dislike those thermal pads but they are a necessary evil.
Summary: I bought this because the noise was starting to get to me since I have my computer right next to my monitor (dorm room). If you can stand the noise of the stock fan, there is no reason to get this, but if you're like me, this is a cheap way to have a drastic drop in computer noise pollution.
Pros: The main pro is how quiet it is. I bought it for this reason and it does not disappoint. I used to run the stock fan on dynamic speeds based on temperature, but this I can set to 100% and never hear it. Lesser pros include ease of installation and price relative to competing products.
Cons: The thermal performance of the cooler is mediocre at best. Even on the packaging it admits that this is not as effective as the stock fan on full blast. My temps (running this at 100%) are about 3C higher than before. Also, as many others have mentioned, hot air is not expelled from the case. I d...
Summary: It's a good cooler and I'm glad I bought it, because it reduced the noise level of my case (my true goal.) But it's worth mentioning that I saw a greater reduction in noise level by moving to a higher-end power supply then I saw with this upgrade.
Pros: Much more quiet than the cooling unit that came on the card (a third-party X1800XT.) Cools fine, under heavy load, i.e., extended Half-Life2 play on high settings at 1680x1050. It was a fairly easy installation. (Applying the heat pads to the video memory was annoying, but there's no way around t...
Cons: Now I can't help but hear the high-pitch whine of my stock CPU cooler! Sigh, I guess I'll have to replace it, too. ;) As other have mentioned, it does pipe the hot air toward the motherboard, but with decent air throughput in the case, I doubt it will be an issue. It isn't for me.
Summary: Measure twice BEFORE you buy. The cooler fits on my card BUT it's so tall I can't close the side of my case anymre. If you're running ANYTHING but a full size tower or server case, this puppy WILL NOT FIT!!!
Pros: Quiet, quiet... quiet. Keeps gpu cool. Easy to install, quality product through and through. Good/adequate instructions.
Cons: So tall I can't put the side back on my case. Not all screws mount on an X1950 Pro card.