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Accelero Xtreme Plus vs Waterblock

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Any thoughts on running an Xtreme Plus vs gpu watercooling? I was gonna watercool my 480's gpu with an mcw82 since the board is non-ref and just sink all the vrm, mem, etc on the front. That would require me to also toss fans blowing on the card. I started thinking that I might as well pick up an Xtreme Plus since it will cool the gpu but also blow air on all the sinks. Normally I'd go water since it's quieter, but if I'll have to toss air on the sinks anway, I'm seriously considering the Xtreme Plus. Any thoughts? How do the Xtreme Plus's compare to waterblocks anyway? thnx
    
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I've been contemplating the same thing, and in my case, all signs point to AXP. One, it's a hell of a lot cheaper (being about $63 shipped with mounting kit from mwave, for the original AXP; let's see... half as much as a block? ). As far as performance, what I've gathered from my research, a good loop will still produce better temps in most situations, but the AXP will take the temperatures down into a range that is so low anyway, that it really doesn't matter. Then you do have to worry about airflow issue as the AXP will be spilling into your case, which is my case and it looks like in yours (bench?), we wouldn;t have a problem. It comes down to how much you;re willing to invest, IMO.
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Yup, airflow is no problem here since I use a benching station, lol. The thing is, an AXP pretty much cosrs the same as an mcw82. So costs should be the same
    
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If you already have a W/C setup go with the MCW82. If you don't go with the AC
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Hi

If you only have one GTX480. With the AXP you can run the fans so low, it's almost silent

This page from the GTX 480 Anarchy review

My top card is a "KFA2 GTX480 Anarchy" and the bottom is a reference card with the AXP fitted, aftermarket
And that's why, they look different!

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