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I have an EVGA GTX 580 SC edition with reference cooling in my computer. I have it overclocked to 900Mhz core and the temps like to go pretty high. They usually go to about 90c (when at MAX load). It seems EVGA has these cards set up to go to 90 degrees before the fans really start to kick in. I have set up a custom 1:1 fan profile within afterburner to try and keep the temps down. It has actually done very well and kept them from going anything over 80c. I was doing alot of reading and while it seems 90 is pretty normal for the EVGA fermi cards with reference cooling, people seem to think this is too high for comfort.

So my main question is:
does anyone have any experience with this cooler?
http://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Cooling-Accelero-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B0052TIRQI

Would it be something I should maybe think about picking up for my GPU? I have never put a coller on a gpu before so I am a little worried as to how hard it is since I would have to deal with the vram as well as put thermal paste on the GPU.

any input is greatly appreciated.
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As you have already set up an Afterburner fan profile (1:1) which keeps the max temp under 80C, I think this is quite good thermally.  As you have not mentioned about the acoustics, I assume this aspect is also acceptable for you.  Since both the thermal and acoustics are fine, I would suggest staying put.

 

If you use the AC Xtreme Plus II, I predict it will bring a substantial decrease in load temp (probably around 65C) and a corresponding decrease in noise as well.  Installing the aftermarket cooler is not difficult.  Give a little time and follow the directions and you will be fine.

 

Whether you want to shell out US$80 for the benefit is entirely personal.

 

One last comment:- just like any aftermarket cooler, the AC Xtreme Plus II dumps heat inside the case.  So, management of this thermal dump is necessary to minimize hot air being recirculated in your 600T.  In general, it might bring an increase in CPU temp slightly (if managed well) to moderately (if not managed well).

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As you have already set up an Afterburner fan profile (1:1) which keeps the max temp under 80C, I think this is quite good thermally.  As you have not mentioned about the acoustics, I assume this aspect is also acceptable for you.  Since both the thermal and acoustics are fine, I would suggest staying put.

If you use the AC Xtreme Plus II, I predict it will bring a substantial decrease in load temp (probably around 65C) and a corresponding decrease in noise as well.  Installing the aftermarket cooler is not difficult.  Give a little time and follow the directions and you will be fine.

Whether you want to shell out US$80 for the benefit is entirely personal.

One last comment:- just like any aftermarket cooler, the AC Xtreme Plus II dumps heat inside the case.  So, management of this thermal dump is necessary to minimize hot air being recirculated in your 600T.  In general, it might bring an increase in CPU temp slightly (if managed well) to moderately (if not managed well).

The noise is also another concern.... when the fan ramps up to 80% it is quite loud with the reference cooler. I went ahead and ordered it, I had a gift card that was given to me as a gift that I needed to use up, so this seemed like the perfect thing to use it on. Thank you very much for your input!! +rep thumb.gif
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I have two AXP's running with my GTX 480's and they run very quiet at 100% speed I can barley hear them compared to stock its a real difference in noise and temps.

 
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http://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Cooling-Accelero-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B0052TIRQI
Would it be something I should maybe think about picking up for my GPU? I have never put a coller on a gpu before so I am a little worried as to how hard it is since I would have to deal with the vram as well as put thermal paste on the GPU.
any input is greatly appreciated.

AXP installation is not that bad.

But one very important note about the Accelero Xtreme Plus II -- it uses thermal epoxy as opposed to normal thermal interface material to attach the VRAM and VRM heatsinks.

IIRC EVGA requires the stock HSF to be installed in order to RMA, so you may want to stay away from the AXP for that reason. In a best-case scenario you should be able to put the card in an airtight baggy, stick it in the freezer and pry the heatsinks off right afterwards, but you'd still have to go through the hassle of getting new epoxy to affix those components back on. If this sounds like something you wouldn't do, then you are basically throwing away your lifetime warranty.

I avoided the AXP for this reason.

Also, high 80s is fine for the GTX 580 though low 90s can be worrisome. I have the same experience with my SC as you do -- mine roars at 74% at 88-89'C full load.
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AXP installation is not that bad.
But one very important note about the Accelero Xtreme Plus II -- it uses thermal epoxy as opposed to normal thermal interface material to attach the VRAM and VRM heatsinks.
IIRC EVGA requires the stock HSF to be installed in order to RMA, so you may want to stay away from the AXP for that reason. In a best-case scenario you should be able to put the card in an airtight baggy, stick it in the freezer and pry the heatsinks off right afterwards, but you'd still have to go through the hassle of getting new epoxy to affix those components back on. If this sounds like something you wouldn't do, then you are basically throwing away your lifetime warranty.
I avoided the AXP for this reason.
Also, high 80s is fine for the GTX 580 though low 90s can be worrisome. I have the same experience with my SC as you do -- mine roars at 74% at 88-89'C full load.

They said that this thermal glue (G1) is a newer product that is much easier to remove than what normal epoxy is. Someone who had this product said that after the material cures, it is easily pulled off, much like thermal tape. If I did in fact decide to just get thermal tape instead, where would I get that at?
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They said that this thermal glue (G1) is a newer product that is much easier to remove than what normal epoxy is. Someone who had this product said that after the material cures, it is easily pulled off, much like thermal tape. If I did in fact decide to just get thermal tape instead, where would I get that at?

I certainly hope so.

Try Sekisui 5760 thermal tape; it's pretty well-regarded. It's available from a bunch of places on eBay, Amazon and Google Products though it's frequently sold in bulk.
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I certainly hope so.
Try Sekisui 5760 thermal tape; it's pretty well-regarded. It's available from a bunch of places on eBay, Amazon and Google Products though it's frequently sold in bulk.

heres the link to the stuff it comes with if your curious about reading on it.. http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/thermal-compound/381/g-1.html
I know the Accelero XTREME Plus comes with a type of epoxy, but with the Accelero XTREME Plus II they added all the heat sinks and this new thermal glue. In the description they specifically state that it turns into a thermal pad type substance to easily be removed... i dont think they would be able to get away with saying that if it were not true.
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