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Evaluating Temps: GTX 580 Gainwar SLI + 2x Accelero Xtreme Plus II

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I recently bought 2x Accelero Xtreme Plus II in order too cool down my 2x GTX 580 Gainward which is slightly non-reference, and I had a slight compatibilty problem while mounting them, basically Gainward felt the need to put the 2 DVI ports one on top of the other instead of horizontally which physically conflicted with the end of 3 heatpipes of the custom cooler.

Somehow, I managed to mount the coolers and fit the cards into my PC, but I had to use 3 screws instead of 4 and I have the impression that the heat sink isn't completely touching the GPU so I decided to post the temperatures and compare with others in order to discover if I am in-line with standards "temps gains" or not.

The good news is that now the cards are DEFINITELY quieter (even with all 6 fans at 100% is quieter than the 4 fans I had before) and I can appreciate they are somehow cooler than before, but not as much as I expected.
Quote:
Idle Temps:
#1 ~43°
#2 ~38°

Unrealistic Under Load Temps (3DMark Vantage - New Calico Test):
#1 ~83°
#2 ~73°

Realistic Under Load Temps (Starcraft 4v4 2560x1600 Ultra)
#1 ~63°
#2 ~53°

On my previous VGA (GTX 275) I used to have the same cooler and granted it was an old card with a different technology, lesser performances and all I was registering lower temperatures such as:
Quote:
Idle Temps:
~33°
Under Load Temps:
~75°

Does anyone have any experience with a similar setup? Or did anyone registered better/worst temps?
Edited by Mafia2020 - 8/2/11 at 5:04am
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Your temps do seem higher than they should be.. If you knew it would conflict you shouldn't have wasted money, and im pretty sure the stock cooler on those cards (duel fan) isn't that bad, did you try changing TIM?
    
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Yeeh, no. the Plate that sits on the GPU isnt touching properly if I read this correctly. I guess they arent compatible
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Cut a bit off the heatsink, make sure you can mount it properly on the gpu die.
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@Razi3l: I had the same impression, that the temps were a tad too high. Of course I didn't know they weren't fully compatible, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. Stock coolers were okay but aside from definitely higher temperatures they were as noisy as a helicopter landing. That's why I changed the default cooler.

@Pangeltveit/1337LutZ: That's what I was thinking, perhaps I can saw the endings of the 3 heat pipes to better accomodate it? Am I not gonna damage the cooling system equilibrium?
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DONT CUT IN THE COPPER HEAT PIPES!

Cut the Aluminum fins if you have to cut anything, but never the copper
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Thank you for the warning, but what exactly do you mean with the Aluminium Fins?

2arctic-accelero-xtreme+.jpg

This is where it conflicts (the 3 copper heatpipes which I shouldn't saw? Perhaps I can bend them? Or is there anything else I could saw?)

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hey do you mind taking a pic of your case? im very interested in what these look like. i was thinking of getting a few as well. but if they take up 3 slots instead of 2 im out of luck. i dont have 9 spare slots frown.gif
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Originally Posted by Mafia2020;14412473 
Thank you for the warning, but what exactly do you mean with the Aluminium Fins?

2arctic-accelero-xtreme+.jpg

This is where it conflicts (the 3 copper heatpipes which I shouldn't saw? Perhaps I can bend them? Or is there anything else I could saw?)

67586244.jpg

Whatever you do. Dont saw the heat pipe because inside the heatpipe there are liquids which cool your chip, if you cut it then all the liquid will evaporate instead of getting cooled down at the end of the heat pipe then retourne to the gpu contact area.
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OP, it seems like you did not do you homework. The cooler you bought isnt compatible with your Graphics cards. sadly
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