There is no doubt about it that the AC Accelero Xtreme Plus II is capable of controlling a huge amount of heat and can do so while being dead silent even at peak fan speeds. I liked that AC took a new look at compounds for the memory sinks. The older version did not give you as much "wet time" and left a real mess when it was time to remove the cooler and heat sinks. The G-1 promised to be better and easier to use and I can tell you it is easier to use, but VRAM doesn't even honestly need active cooling these days, and with no direct comparison to the original, the temperature I got with my IR thermometer is really irrelevant, as I didn't think to test it on the original. I do like that AC even brought out a more universal mounting plate and hardware to make things easier for most cards that this Version Two cooler will install with.
Not to say that didn't bring out its own problems. The only downfall about this specific instance was with the lack of hardware to support my needs. Since the main mounting hardware has been changed, it makes the overstocked VR00X kits obsolete to use with the AXP II. Had that little tid bit of overlooked hardware been added to this kit, I would have really no issues to complain about, aside from the odd temperatures I got during testing. Again I hope that AC takes this to heart and reassess the kits that they are delivering with this new rendition of the cooler.
It seems that today, no matter what version of a cooler you are going to pick from the aftermarket manufacturers, you are going to have to shell out at least $60, if not more like $80-90, and the Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus II hits the upper end of that pricing. The $79.99 pricing at Newegg.com isn't what I would consider bad, but for the results I see with this sample, I have to say, buy the original. It seems to work much better than the AXP II. I do like the new compound for the ICs, but that doesn't justify my hardware dilemma, or the fact that my card ran much hotter. If your card fits out of the box and you aren't in immediate need of the VR00X kits, go ahead and give this a look. But if you need to buy that $15 kit to make it work, I would wait until it has all the parts.
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