Originally Posted by Arizonian
Question on the after market VGA air cooling unit.
Is it hard to install? Any info on procedure online with step by step tutorial?
What is the absolute best after market air cooling unit regardless of price? Aside from water cooling.
And lastly, If installed does it take up more space width wise? I've got to sandwich two cards close together and if increases width space I would be a fish out of water with that option?
It's not hard to install at all; you just have to be careful when installing the VRAM heatsinks around the GPU, as the space tolerances are very narrow. The VRAM heatsinks are a tiny little bit bigger than a VRAM chip. The part that exceeds the VRAM chip must be left to the outside of the card and not towards the GPU, as it otherwise won't give enough clearance for the Accelero to fit. This is specially important as the VRAM heatsinks are mounted with thermal adhesive, which will make it very difficult to rectify if you let pass more than 5-10 minutes. Apart from that it's an easy task and the instructions are easy to understand.
You can watch videos on youtube on how to do it (I did, as it's always nice to see it done in practice, than only on paper - let's you understand exactly what you have to do). AC's site also has the instructions online.
As to the space it takes, see answer below.
Originally Posted by Glancey
The Artic Cooling Accelero Extreme Plus is currently the best after market air cooler I believe. It will take up 3 slots so you definately wont be able to SLI it with your set up unfortunately.
You'll be hard pressed to find a 2 slot cooler that's actually worth buying. I'm not even sure any exist for the 580.
You can cool the bottom card and leave the top one stock if you want. It'll probably reduce your top cards temps very slightly at the same time.
You're right about that, I hadn't noticed that when I wrote my answer to the OP's question. OP, you have the card at the bottom too close to the PSU, the AXP won't fit. You must either:
1. Buy a case with more clearance (a bigger case) - the card with the AXP takes up 3 slots, but I would advise that there is space equivalent to an extra slot beneath it so it has room to breathe;
2. go watercooling, as the waterblocks take much less space;
3. just take apart the heatsink on the reference one, clean the old thermal paste, apply some good quality one (I suggest Arctic Cooling MX-4), and put the heatsink back in place. Adding to that, use a side fan on the case panel to help cool the card. That will bring down the temperatures.Edited by tpi2007 - 5/4/11 at 3:37pm