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So I decided to save up and invest in an aftermarket GPU cooler. What is the difference between these three coolers?

* Accelero Xtreme PLUS II
* Accelero Xtreme 7970
* Accelero Xtreme III (not release yet)

They all look the same to me. Beside 7950/7970 compatibility on Xtreme 7970, is there any difference between them? The cooler will be used on my 6950.
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Probably the only difference will be compatibility. Get the xtreme plus ii.. Worked like a charm on my gtx 580. I love arctic vga coolers
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There is a difference. The 7950/7970 series coolers, the GPU die is a not square, but a diamond. The the heatplate is positioned differently.
only one you can use is the Accelero Xtreme PLUS II or III. Which III is more expansive.

Now these are meant to fit reference design cards. The custom ones made by the manufacture is not guarantee to fit.
    
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While there are minor differences like the Xtreme Plus II having 83 fins (vs the other two having 84 fins), the main difference among the 3 coolers is their respective level of compatibility.

The upcoming Xtreme III has the widest compatibility (eg for the spacers of various thickeness provided) and is, therefore, the most expensive.

The Xtreme 7970 was released soon after the launch of the HD7970/7950 primarily to fit these 2 cards. It can be retrofitted for the 6000/5000 series.

The Xtreme Plus II was released the earliest (June last year) prior to the release of the HD7000 series. A compatibility kit is now included to fit the HD7870/7850.

As your MSI HD6950 is reference design pcb, all three coolers are compatible.
--If you plan to upgrade to a HD7970/7950, then get the Xtreme 7970 as it is the only one that fits.
--If you ever plan to switch to Nvidia camp (eg GTX680), then the Xtreme III is the one to get now.
--If you plan to stick around with your HD6950 with no plan to upgrade, I suggest getting the Xtreme Plus II.
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Thank you all for your replies. + Rep to all. thumb.gif
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