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Installing the ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme III on multiple cards

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I have a question. I plan on getting the r9 290 within the next six months along with the ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme III for a proper cooling solution.

I plan on getting the Arctic III before the 290 and installing it on my current 6970. I know that the arctic has a thermal adhesive, not thermal paste, that is needed for the vram.

My question is would I be able to install the cooler multiple times or would their be no more adhesive left for the second card?
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The thermal adhesive is used to attach the small heatsinks. You will need 2 sets of heatsinks and some extra adhesive if you want to use it on more than one card. Also, once you attach the heatsinks with the adhesive, you ain't getting them off.
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The thermal adhesive is used to attach the small heatsinks. You will need 2 sets of heatsinks and some extra adhesive if you want to use it on more than one card. Also, once you attach the heatsinks with the adhesive, you ain't getting them off.

This is not correct! I have put on a couple of Arctic coolers. The thermal glue is a 2 part compound. You need a very little bit of each to put the heatsinks on you don't have to us all of it in one shoot. If you do you will be throwing away most of it. Just mix an even amount maybe a little more than the size of a grain of rice. This will depend on how many heatsink will be needed.

Part 2 of his statement being wrong. The thermal glue that comes with the Arctic cooler does allow you to be able to take the heatsink off so you can up the stock heatsink back on. You can us a finger nail to scrap the glue off the components because it's kinda rubbery. Just did this 2 days ago on a Gtx 670. However there is an aftermarket thermal glue that does not allow you to get the heatsinks off. It's more like glue.

I would also highly recommend letting the glue cure overnight! The cure time is not correct in the instructions. It will need all of 8+ hours to cure properly. If you don't wait long enough you run the risk of the heatsinks falling off. Then you back to having to wait again.
Edited by Cape Cod - 11/9/13 at 4:05am
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This is not correct! I have put on a couple of Arctic coolers. The thermal glue is a 2 part compound. You need a very little bit of each to put the heatsinks on you don't have to us all of it in one shoot. If you do you will be throwing away most of it. Just mix an even amount maybe a little more than the size of a grain of rice. This will depend on how many heatsink will be needed.

Part 2 of his statement being wrong. The thermal glue that comes with the Arctic cooler does allow you to be able to take the heatsink off so you can up the stock heatsink back on. You can us a finger nail to scrap the glue off the components because it's kinda rubbery. Just did this 2 days ago on a Gtx 670. However there is an aftermarket thermal glue that does not allow you to get the heatsinks off. It's more like glue.

I would also highly recommend letting the glue cure overnight! The cure time is not correct in the instructions. It will need all of 8+ hours to cure properly. If you don't wait long enough you run the risk of the heatsinks falling off. Then you back to having to wait again.

You're wrong. Arctic stopped using the removable 2 part compound earlier this year, they now use a one part compound that is non-removable. Also once you open the tube it will start its curing process so it is not reusable.
Edited by Tyler Dalton - 11/9/13 at 5:17am
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Sorry I stand corrected. I put mine on the 670 about 4 months ago and they were still using the 2 part compound. They must have switched since then.
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So the best option would simply wait till I have both items to install the card, and not attempt to use it on two cards.

Thanks for the support guys.
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i'm currently taking the extreme 3 cooler off of my 6970 to put on my new 290. will update with a status on how it goes.

I just got the heatsinks off the vram without any visible damage but man it was difficult....

haven't taken the cooler off my 290 yet so I still don't know if i have enough heatsinks yet.
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