So the VGA cooler we'll be testing the Accelero Xtreme 2900 mounted onto a Radeon 2900 XT. A lot of people bought this card when it was released and just like me had to deal with the tremendous noise levels and heat. Anyway, let's have a look at the product, the installation and then the stress-test & sound check afterwards.
Right then, packaging. You'll immediately notice the big size of the cooler with it's 3 fans, it's a Goliath, man ..
In the box you'll find the cooler with it's 3 fans, backplate, screws, thermal pads, voltage regulator heatsink and a manual.
Also included, a aluminum backplate cushioned with small rubber pads.
Here we see the cooling unit a bit better, it weighs roughly half a kilogram. The three 80mm fans rotate up-to 2000 RPM depending on voltage regulation.
3 x 80mm PWM Fans
5 Heatpipes Penetrate 107 Fins
Optimized Air Flow
Patented Fan Holder Eliminates the Humming Noise
Low Noise Impellor
Integrated Memory Cooling
Voltage Regulators Cooling
At default they'll be very quiet, more on that in our tests though.
Arctic Accelero Xtreme 2900 VGA cooler review The Accelero Xtreme features with 5 heatpipes, 107 fins and 3 power managed fans. The design has been improved for optimized air flow design obviously to cool effectively, which according to Arctic is up to 240 Watt heat dissipation; that's quite a lot. They claim to can dramatically bring down the heat from GPU at least 20ºC lower than the stock cooler. Well .. let's slap a Radeon 2900 XT on it and see how well it does the job then.