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EVGA GTX560 Ti + Accelero Xtreme PLUS

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I had the chance to install the Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme PLUS onto a loaned EVGA GTX560 Ti. I say loaned because my real GPU is the EVGA GTX460. There is an Accelero Xtreme PLUS II either out or due to come out soon but I honestly do not see any real difference. I believe that maybe the heat pipes on the AXPII may be thicker than on the AXP. There is a $20 difference between the AXP and the AXPII and I do not see myself paying between $75-95 for an air cooler for the GPU. For that pricing I would honestly consider water cooling the GPU. Anyway, I needed something now and as cost effective as possible.

The AXP requires a mounting kit. As luck would have it, the GTX460 and the 560Ti use the same kit (VR005). When I return the GTX560 Ti, I keep the AXP and just mount it on my GTX460. Hope my step-brother decides that I deserve a belated b-day gift... I really love this GTX560Ti. If you decide to acquire one of these coolers, please make sure to get the kit thats right for your GPU. Also note that the AXPII is not showing all 5 mounting kits as the AXP shows.

Ok... I did run some before and after tests which I will present herewith. Please note, I am NO EXPERT. I call this my "Joe Schmo Test". Nothing fancy... just straight cut observations. The only interpretation I will offer is my PERSONAL final conclusion as to if I made the right choice or not. Ok, now to the testing. I have graphs if you want but I decided not to include them here to save space/time (am at work!). Summer is here and I need good cooling. Ambient temps hit a normal minimum of about 85F/29C. THAT IS MY AVERAGE MINIMUM and inside the house. it gets nice and toasty inside my rig as you can understand. So... I did some initial testing with the GTX560's stock cooler. Here were my results. Please note... ALL testing was done with the GPU overclocked at 950/1900/2150 with a stock volatge of 1.012V (I have the FPB model on hand). My base results were as follows:

For all tests...
I used Kombustor for a 5 min. stress test run.
I used MSI Afterburner for the setting.
I used Aida64 for the temp graphs. (not included here but I can make them available if anyone wants them)

Stock Cooling Test Results...
Ambient temp: 83F/28C
Stock Cooler
Attempting a 5 min. run

Fan at 50% duty - CRASHED at about 2:30 mins. into the run. Max temp of 85C reached.
Fan at 75% duty - Run completed with a max temp of 75C reached.
Fan at 100% duty - Run completed with a max temp of 70C reached.

I started with 50% fan speed because at that speed, I just barely start to hear the stock fan whinning away. My rig sits at about 28 inches (71 cm) away from me. Unlike others, my rig sits on top of my desk with the rear exhaust pointed directly at the window. this helped to cool my system down a bit when I first built it. Because of this distance from my head, you will understand the "why" I need not only temp performance, but the reduction of noise levels as much as possible.

Fan Noise Levels...
At 50% fan speed - I start to hear the fan. I usually increase the volume of my speakers.

At 65% fan speed - Oh yeah... the noise is there. More speaker volume.

At 75% fan speed - Annoyingly loud. More speaker volume is really no longer an option, much less the solution.

At 100% - Unbearably loud... even increasing the speaker volume I can still hear the high pitched whinning of the fan. Mrs. kah is not a happy camper at this point obviously.

Now, because of that crash at 50% fan speed I decided to run a second round of testing to compare against my Base Test Results above. This time I upped my min. fan speed to 65% and this is what I came up with.

Stock Cooling Test Results 2...
Ambient temp: 77F/25C (I will compete against these temps with the new cooler)
Stock Cooler
Attempting a 5 min. run.

Fan at 65% duty - CRASHEDat about 2:30 mins. into the run. Max temp of 75C reached.
Fan at 75% duty - Run completed with a max temp of 71C reached.
Fan at 100% duty - Run completed with a max temp of 67C reached.

Now for the new cooler results.

Accelero Xtreme Plus Test Results ...
Ambient temp: 83F/28C (Hmmm... competing against results obtained at 77F/25C... That's down right unfair!)
Stock Cooler
Attempting a 5 min. run.

Fan at 65% duty - RUN COMPLETED!!! Max temp of 55C reached... Yes... 55C.
Fan at 75% duty - Run completed with a max temp of 53C reached.
Fan at 100% duty - Run completed with a max temp of 51C reached.

At this point I have to say that I am AMAZED with the results. An approximate 20C difference and with higher ambient temps! But, I did not leave things here. I decided to test a bit more...

Fan at 30% duty - Run completed with a max temp of 63C. I was happy when I was able to achieve this with low ambient temps and 100% stock fan speed!!!

But I have one more test... I figured that based on the results I have seen that these new numbers were fairly close to each other. I had it in my mind that I could just set MSI Afterburner to a full 65% fan speed and forget about the rest. I mean, why bother lowering 4C by increasing my fan speed to 100% and using up that extra wattage, right? So I decided to make an automatic fan setting within MSI Afterburner and see what would happen. I used only 2 points on my settings graph. My low point was 0% fan speed at 0C. I then made a straight line to 100% at 65C (since I had seen 63C at 30% fan speed, I used this as my base). No other points in between.

Fan on AUTO - Run completed with a max temp of 52C!!! Max fan speed achieved was 78%.

Conclusion...
What can I say? This cooler is amazing! It cools like no other GPU cooler that I have seen (of course, i have not played with the VF3000 or the Shaman). I am extremely satisfied with this purchase and I highly recommend it for anyone else interested. I got it for less than half the price of a good GPU water block but you need to consider that only "universal" water blocks are available for the GTX560 Ti and I have not seen anyone mention about using them and what the results were.

Down sides? Well... It takes up a bit of space but you can still SLI/Xfire depending on the mobo that you have. With my Asus CH4F I would have no problems but I would have no room left. but truth be known, I plan to stick with only one GPU for the time being. Price-wise it can be a bit expensive but you need to choose where to buy from. My whole set up (cooler, kit and shipping) all came out to about $80. A good water block runs upwards of $100 and shipping is still not being factored in. The investment is a good one!

Up side? Well... Cools like hell! (no pun intended). At 100% fan speed I can not hear the cooler above my radiator fans (which I will be changing in a couple of months for some Gentle Typhoons and hope to finally get the noise level to where I want it). Remember... My rig is 28 inches (71 cm) away from my head. If anything, I should be hearing it going at 100%. But I don't! I had to stick a piece of paper in each fan to make sure it was running properly. Remember my 2 crashes? I believe I have gained more OC'ing headroom with this cooler. I am thinking of attempting to reach 1000/2000/2150 (or more on the memory clocking) at stock voltage of 1.012V.
post #2 of 11
Nice write up - If i don't go sli I will pick up an after market cooler and this seems to be the best one.

How is the installation?
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by tats View Post
Nice write up - If i don't go sli I will pick up an after market cooler and this seems to be the best one.

How is the installation?
Not bad at all... just need to take your time. Cleaning the IC's was what took the most time. All in all it took me about an hour. I used thermal tape. That is a bit tricky but easy enough once you get the hang of it. Results justify whatever added work is done.
Edited by Kahbrohn - 6/2/11 at 2:20pm
post #4 of 11
Not too bad, but for cheaper than that I just bought a universal gpu block and integrated mine into my water loop
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 955BE Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 Asus GTX560ti 12GB DDR3 1333 CL7 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Spinpoint F3 750GB Seagate 1TB None Custom loop 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
W7 Ultimate x64 Asus ML249H Asus VE228H Alienware TactX 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
OCZ 550W Antec 902 Alienware TactX Razer Sphex 
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E-MU 0404 USB Ultrasone DJ1 Pro Headphones 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon E5405 Xeon E5405 SuperMicro X7DA3 ATI X1800 
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16GB DDR2 FB-DIMM Various Hyper 101 Hyper 101 
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by The_Punisher View Post
Not too bad, but for cheaper than that I just bought a universal gpu block and integrated mine into my water loop
Hehehehehe... I hear ya and I know inside your's is a better solution. I looked up the pricing on the block, the barbs, the extra tubing and such and it came out a bit more expensive for me to go that route to be honest. I hate not being able to have ground service to Puerto Rico.
post #6 of 11
Now I'm trying to see if anyone has one of these on a 580 in a Fractal R3.... from the specs it looks like I will only have 2mm to spare....
post #7 of 11
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YES!!! You need to take into consideration that it will extend beyond the length of your card. In my case it extends about 1.5" beyond my card. At least I have the HAF932 with plenty of room.
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UPDATE -

Just played a round of Mass Effect 2. Normally I would hit a temp of mid 60's C (fight scenes) with a fan speed of around 65-70%. I barely broke 41 C with a max fan speed of 61% with the AXP.
post #9 of 11
Nice results, but I guess I don't understand.

Why buy a reference card and then spend an extra $75 on an air cooler, when you can buy a non ref card with comparable cooling already installed (Twin Frozr III/Direct CU 2, etc) for less?
post #10 of 11
I used to have a TFII and the temps were maybe 10c better than my reference card now, but others may have different results
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