Arctic Accelero Xtreme Plus II Review
Cases and Cooling
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The last time I was able to look at aftermarket cooling solutions for video cards was a few years back. To be a little more specific it was after the launch of the GTX 4 series from NVidia, and I found myself with a massive heat problem I needed to curb. Now of course the extreme enthusiast would go straight for some nice water blocks from a company like Swiftech or EK. For the mainstream user we go with coolers from companies such as Arctic. As most of you know Arctic has been around for quite some time and despite the recent name change from Arctic Cooling to just ARCTIC they still design the highest quality aftermarket cooling solutions in a small country called Switzerland.
Arctic isn’t the type of company to take designs from others and rebadge them like we see so many companies do. While some of their cooling solutions do carrying on some aspects of previous generations; for instance the Accelero Xtreme line uses the same base with upgraded components and compatibility for modern graphics cards.
So in this article we will be tackling the Accelero Xtreme Plus II from ARCTIC, a cooler that advances modern compatibility with graphics cards up to the new Radeon 7870 and NVidia’s GTX580.
The increased heat emission of modern computers has put the production of powerful and quiet coolers beyond the means of most manufacturers. The raised noise levels of PC systems have a negative impact on productivity, since a quiet computer is the basis for pleasant working conditions. ARCTIC initiated the trend towards quiet cooling systems for desktop PCs in 2001 and has led the way ever since. When ARCTIC COOLING was founded, we began by focusing on Switzerland and Germany. In 2002 ARCTIC COOLING (HK) Ltd. was founded to develop relationships with our Asian production locations. From 2005, we started to expand business in North and South America and provide optimum service to our customer base there.
ARCTIC is now a leading manufacturer of CPU coolers, GPU coolers and case fans. In recent years we acquired a far-ranging expertise in the field of consumer electronics. The company’s product range has been further enhanced by new lines unrelated to PC cooling which was the reason behind the 2010 change in our brand name and logo: ARCTIC COOLING became the ARCTIC brand umbrella.