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Accelero Xtreme Plus II

The Accelero Xtreme Plus II is shipped in a plastic blister wrap with paper inserts that promise a 27°C lower temperature at only one sixth of the reference cooler’s noise.

 

This model comes with the same accessories as the Accelero Twin Turbo II. The warranty period and country of origin are the same, too, but its recommended price is higher at $99.95.

The Accelero Xtreme Plus II looks similar to the Accelero Xtreme Plus and Accelero Xtreme 5870, having three 92x10mm fans and a bipartite heatsink with five 6mm copper heat pipes going through the copper base.

 

 

The Accelero Xtreme Plus II is declared to cope with up to 300 watts of heat whereas its predecessor Accelero Xtreme Plus could only deal with 250 watts. The newer model has fewer heatsink fins (84 instead of 83) and the same speed of the fans, so the increased efficiency must be due to some improvements in the heat pipe design or merely a marketing trick. Considering that Arctic doesn’t mention any innovations in the product description, this must be pure advertising.

The cooler is 288x103x50 millimeters; its weight is 615 grams. Its heatsink consists of two types of aluminum fins: 77 fins the size of 92x21 mm and 6 fins the size of 60x21 mm. They are press-fitted on the heat pipes 1.8 millimeters apart from each other.

 

The fins are 0.3 millimeters thin, just like in the previous version of the cooler. The heatsink has a total area of 3070 square centimeters. There’s an auxiliary 95x92mm aluminum heatsink right above the cooler’s base. It helps take heat off the top part of the pipes.

The heat pipes are placed 12 to 13 millimeters apart from each other within the heatsink.

The pipes are neatly soldered to the base.

The Accelero Xtreme Plus II has a larger base (36x36 mm) than the Accelero Twin Turbo II, but its finish quality is lower. But it’s flat, as opposed to the GF100’s heat-spreader.

 

The Accelero Xtreme Plus II comes with the same fans as the Accelero Twin Turbo II:

However, it has one fan more and the bottom speed is 1000 rather than 900 RPM. The other characteristics of the fans are the same.

The cooler is installed on a graphics card by means of a steel mounting frame:

It has only three threaded holes in each corner, so the list of compatible graphics cards is not as long as that of the Accelero Twin Turbo II.

It’s simple to install this cooler. You just have to insert four screws from the reverse side of the card and tighten them.

We must confess the Accelero Xtreme Plus II looks somewhat awkward on the short MSI Radeon HD 6950 Twin Frozr III 1GD5 Power Edition/OC card.

 

The third fan hangs down from the back edge of the card, blowing at nothing. On the other hand, the Accelero Xtreme Plus II is a perfect choice for such long cards as Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SuperOverclock, especially in terms of efficiency and noisiness as you will see shortly. We can only add that the distance from the center of the cooler's base to the left (shorter) edge is 93 millimeters.

 
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