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Hey guys, i was reading over some OCN threads and it looks like this thing can seriously kill your GPU for some reason.

2 people in this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1322979/arctic-cooling-accelero-xtreme-7970

1 in this thread
http://www.overclock.net/t/1220754/accelero-xtreme-7970/10

Now over a newegg, it seems to work fine for most users so i'm conflicted. Does this cooler have some sort of design flaw or is this user error?
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Well

Gonna be honest, your concerns are warranted, however 9.9/10 the issues users experience are normally down to their own mistakes, I.E not putting the HSF on properly or overclocking too far because their temps are lower.

I think if you get it, fit it and take your time you'll be fine biggrin.gif

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I've got them on my pair of 7970s... they're a bit fiddly to install and you have to leave the glue a while to set (think days rather than hours) but they're spot on other than that. I'm quite experienced messing with electronics and it took me about 4-5 hours to get the pair done vs about 0.5-1 hour for a typical aftermarket cooler. Longest single activity was working out where to put the tape they provided!

I'm really happy with them... heck of a lot quieter than stock coolers and better to boot!
 
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My problem was related to the glue / user error. Gave it 8 hours cure time so plenty there, but I must have put pressure on a vrm heatsink when putting the card in the slot. After I started the computer up things were going great until that heatsink fell off. IMO just skip the glue and buy some thermal tapeand be careful where your fingers (in my case my right thumb) are when you are putting the card into the slot.

I can't really believe that the glue was inferior, but other than me pushing on that sink I can't imagine why it would have fallen off.
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My problem was related to the glue / user error. Gave it 8 hours cure time so plenty there, but I must have put pressure on a vrm heatsink when putting the card in the slot. After I started the computer up things were going great until that heatsink fell off. IMO just skip the glue and buy some thermal tapeand be careful where your fingers (in my case my right thumb) are when you are putting the card into the slot.

I can't really believe that the glue was inferior, but other than me pushing on that sink I can't imagine why it would have fallen off.

I had to leave mine for 2 days before the thermal compound set and even then I could still slide the heatsinks over the chips. I did manage to knock one off later on when putting the card back in but I just stuck a small drop of superglue on to it to stick it back on! I think there's enough contact!.... I hope!
 
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Personally if I could time travel back I would have just dremeled the heatsink that came with my 7970 right from the start.
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Personally if I could time travel back I would have just dremeled the heatsink that came with my 7970 right from the start.

To what end?
 
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Personally if I could time travel back I would have just dremeled the heatsink that came with my 7970 right from the start.
Are you sure you didn't short your card out? I read a ton of threads before i did my cooler and it seemed like alot of people forgot about the insulation tape and had the heatsinks touch conductive components and create shorts.
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99% of the problems are with that stupid glue arctic supplies for the heatsinks.
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Are you sure you didn't short your card out? I read a ton of threads before i did my cooler and it seemed like alot of people forgot about the insulation tape and had the heatsinks touch conductive components and create shorts.

It might have been possible but I even went back to the stock cooler and heatsink and no dice.
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Crucial m3 seagate green lg dvdrw Noctua D14 
OSMonitorMonitorPower
win 7 64bit 2 x 1920 x 1080p (ASUS and LG) xl2420te ocz zx 1000w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
haf bx g600 / / Roccat Savu Puretrak Talent Soundblaster Z 
Audio
sennheiser hd558 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
celereon g1610 g1 sniper m3 parema seagate barracuda 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
dvdrw windows vista vizio 3d tv rosewill green 530 
CaseMouse
lian li pc v354b logitech g300 
CPUGraphicsHard DriveOS
4810MQ GTX 870M samsung evo  Windows 8.1 
Other
Sager 8728 
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