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Old May 3, 2006, 12:08 AM   #1
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Default X1900 Coolers - An updated compilation of user reports

For those who are interested, I have compiled a list of reports across various forums regarding the various cooling solutions for the X1900 series cards.

Obviously everyone's individual results will differ depending on clocks/voltages/case temps/etc, but this should provide a general guideline for how these coolers are doing out there in the real world. The VF900 and the Accelero X2 are the two most popular coolers listed, but it would be nice to see some more V-1 Ultra and Sytrin VF-1 results as well.

I have probably missed a few reports and some of them are outdated as I compiled most of this list a few weeks ago, but if you want to add/change something on the list go ahead and contact me and I will update it.

Edit - Reformatted the results by cooler, added FiringSquad's VF900 review, and some additional thoughts:

The results for the Accelero are generally consistent across different users. With the Accelero at 100% fan, it significantly outperforms the stock cooler on auto and equals or betters the stock cooler at 100% in basically every case. If you want something that is known to work well then I would go for the Accelero.

The VF900 results, on the other hand, seem to be completely random. A couple of users have reported great results, significantly beating the stock cooler and dropping temps into the 50-60C range. But many other users have reported poor results, with the VF900 only marginally beating the stock cooler on auto and losing to the stock cooler at 100%. Some users have even reported the VF900 temps climbing high enough to lead to overheating, crashing, and instability.

So I don't know what to make of these numbers. It seems like with the VF900 there is a reasonable chance that you will get awesome results, but an equally likely chance that it will perform horribly. So if you want to take that chance then go for the VF900, but be prepared to return it for something else if it doesn't end up working well for you.

Finally, there aren't really enough V-1 Ultra/VF-1 results yet to form a good conclusion on the capability of those coolers. It seems like most people are still purchasing the VF900 or the Accelero. The numbers I have found so far seem to look promising for the VF-1 and V-1 Ultra, but it isn't quite clear whether the initial numbers will reflect the end results of many different users.

Noise Level
If you are interested in minimizing noise, the VGA Cooler Roundup April 2006 by jmke provides a great chart of noise levels of most of the major aftermarket coolers (except the V-1 Ultra). Note that the temps are taken on a 7800GT so I wouldn't directly assume that the same results would apply to the hotter X1900 series cards, but at least the noise measurements should hold.

The main things to note are the Sytrin VF-1 is fairly loud on the high fan setting, while there is no difference between the Accelero at 25%, 50%, and 100%. Finally, the Accelero at 100% is a bit quieter than the VF900 at 100% as well.

Accelero Results
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My results:
X1900XT stock clocks, stock voltage, case temp 28C
Idle
Stock cooler auto - 51C
Stock cooler 100% - 44C
Accelero 100% - 41C
Load
Stock cooler auto - 78C
Stock cooler 100% - 67C
Accelero 100% - 66C

Put on Accelero X2 cooler on X1900XTX and then took it off and applied AS5 to GPU core...
DaveyTN
X1900XTX
Idle
Stock cooler auto - 55C
Accelero w/ AS5 auto - 52C
Accelero w/ AS5 100% - 41C
Load
Stock cooler auto - 90C
Accelero w/ AS5 auto - 88C
Accelero w/ AS5 100% - 72C

VF900 vs Accelero X2
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X1900XT, 701/802, 1.52/2.151/2.151/1.50V, 100% fan
Idle
Stock - 42C
Accelero - 40C
Load
Stock - 79C
Accelero - 69C

Graphics Cooler Roundup (Accelero X2, VF700, VF900) using X1800XT
Jodiuh
X1900XT, stock clocks/voltage, room temp 23C
Idle
Stock Fan Auto - 48C
Stock Fan 50% - 42C
Stock Fan 100% - 40C
Accelero 100% - 41C
Load
Stock Fan Auto - 88C
Stock Fan 50% - 76C
Stock Fan 100% - 65C
Accelero 100% - 64C

Accelero X2 Testing on X1900XT with XTX Bios.
Kunaak
X1900XT at XTX speeds, fans on auto
Max temps
Stock - 76C
Accelero - 71C

VF900 vs Accelero X2
Accelero X2 Testing on X1900XT with XTX Bios.
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X1900XTX
Idle
Stock (Auto) - 53C
Accelero - 42C
Load
Stock (82%) - 75C
Accelero - 68C

Arctic Cooling Accelero X2
X1900XT, both set to auto presumably, room temp 25C
Idle
Stock - 50C
Accelero - 50C
Accelero w/ AS5 - 45C
Load
Stock - 89C
Accelero - 85C
Accelero w/ AS5 - 79C
VF-900 Results
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VF900 on X1900XTX
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X1900XT
Max temps
Stock (5060RPM) - 70C
Accelero (2100RPM) - 66C
VF900 (2600RPM) - 76C

VF-900CU on X1900xt
mylok
X1900XTX
Idle
VF900 - 41C
Accelero - 44C
Load (Oblivion)
VF900 - 99C (crashes)
Accelero - 75C

MyStupidMouth
X1900XT 680/800
Idle
Stock - 47C
VF900 - 36C
Load
Stock - ~90C
VF900 - 80C (original temps were misreported in ATI tools)

Aftermarket cooler and 1900XT
Cadaver
X1900XT
Idle
Stock - 54C
VF900 - 38C
Load
Stock - 79C
VF900 - 63C

Cooling the Super HOT X1900XTX!!
arisythila
X1900XTX stock, all fans at 100%
Idle
Stock - 50-55C
Stock w/ AS5 - 40-45C
VF900 - 35-36C
Load
Stock - 80-90C
Stock w/ AS5 - 60-70C
VF900 - 48-52C

my VF900-cu review...
PureBooYah
X1900XTX, 710 core, 1.45v, fan 100%
Idle
Stock w/ AS5 - 46C
VF900 - 40C
Load
Stock w/ AS5 - 78C
VF900 - 84C+ (unstable)

Zalman VF900 - very disappointed...
{0}Salamander{0}
X1900XT, 700 core, stock fan 100%, VF900 fan full
Idle
Stock - 36C
VF900 - 33C
Load (700 MHz core, ATITool artifact test)
Stock - 62C
VF900 - 70C (corrupted and rebooted)

Mini review of my Zalman VF900 on the X1900 XT
mizzer
X1900XT, stock fan auto, VF900 fan full
Idle
Stock - 50C
VF900 - 39C
Load (using Oblivion and 3DMark06)
Stock - 85C
VF900 - 76.5C

VF900 on X1900XTX
RangerXLT8
X1900XTX, 661/796, 1.375/2086/2.086, stock fan 100%, VF900 full, room temp 23C
Idle
Stock - 47C
VF900 - 44C
Load
Stock - 73C
VF900 - 81C

VF900 on X1900XTX
DeathBooger
X1900XT, 665/790, stock fan auto
Max temps (3DMark06)
Stock - 80C
VF900 - 71C

VF900 vs Accelero X2
SKiNNiEH
X1900XT
Idle (621/720)
VF900 - 46.8C
Load (625/774)
VF900 - 88.8C

Average Temps on X1900XT?
josh6079
X1900XTX
Idle
Stock - 52C
VF900 - 35C
Load
Stock - ~80C
VF900 - 52C

1900xtx running at 105 celcius
munky
X1900XT
Idle
Stock - 52C
VF900 - 38C
Load
Stock - 90C
VF900 - 88C

Zalman VF900-Cu Review
FiringSquad
X1900XTX
Idle
Stock fan auto - 48C
Stock fan 100% - 46C
VF900 100% - 46C
Load
Stock fan auto - 69C
Stock fan 100% - 65C
VF900 100% - 60C
Other Results
Quote:
Now 6 Zalman VF900 Video Card Cooler Reviews......
exitous
X1900XT, Sytrin VF1 Fan set to low
Idle
Stock - 56C
Sytrin VF1 - 38C
Load
Stock - 85C
Sytrin VF1 - 69C

Sapphire X1900XT Meets Thermalright V1 Ultra
Idle
Stock - 49-50C
V1 Ultra - 33-34C
Load
Stock - 66-68C
Load - 49-51C

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Old May 4, 2006, 05:37 PM   #2
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Hmm, nobody is interested in these reports? Oh well, bump for updated formatting, results, and comments.
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Old May 4, 2006, 06:02 PM   #3
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I think lots of people are waiting for other models to come. Opinions on accelero and vf900 are very dispair and we don't want to replace it again if a model with better temperature disipation and lower noise comes in the next months. If you spend 30-40 euros in a cooler you want it to be good, not just a bit better than stock. And you dont want to place extra fans all around the case.

I prefer supporting 2 months my x1800xt hairdryer that buying one of these models and see how a new cooler, quieter and with more oc options puts this at stock level.

Im waiting for one with classic arctic cooling design, 2 or 3 heatpipes and a big fan.

If I see temps go too high with summer I'll think about kuoformula or vm102+fans, but i want something better that gets my graphic cards hot air out of the case.
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Old May 5, 2006, 02:44 AM   #4
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The result in those reports are properly true enough, but they are completely depending on the air-circulation in the case (at least for the aftermarket coolers). And since no 2 cases have the same air flow and since I know my air flow is low, I can't trust a cooler that doesn't expel the hot air out of the case. Non of the aftermarket coolers do that and this is why I am still waiting for a trustworthy aaftermarket cooler that expels air outside the case.
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Old May 6, 2006, 02:26 PM   #5
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I have and highly recommend the Thermalright V1 Ultra. It's a little more expensive but well worth the money.
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Old Aug 6, 2006, 07:24 PM   #6
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here is a quote i found on the internet about the way this artic cooler works

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Hi Gabriel,

Thank you for the review.

I would like to provide you some comments on why we are using heatpipe technology instead of DHES in order for you and your readers to understand why this type of technology is more advantageous:

The Accelero offers a much better cooling performance at a lot lower noise level. This is possible because we rejected the DHES.

Advantages of DHES: reduces the air temperature in the computer case by about 1°C.

Disadvantages: A lot more pressure is used. Therefore the fan generates a far higher noise level at the same performance.

For a modern, quiet high performance PC, a DHES doesn't make sense. The 1°C plus in ambient temperature doesn't matter since it is easy to cool CPUs quietly with adequate case fans- but it is not easy to cool a GPU quietly. Therefore air should be drawn directly from outside to the VGA cooler, basically exactly the opposite of a DHES.

The exhaust air of about 35-40°C is no problem for the mainboard. All components are specified for at least 85°C or more and therefore if these
components run hot, the air stream works as a cooling. Compare to the P4 cooling, where the exhaust air is also used as a cooling. The warm air
rises automatically in the PC case and will be blown out by the case fans.

Conclusion: For people who are looking for a quiet high performance VGA cooler, the Accelero is the best choice.

DHES doesn't make any sense any more. Problem number one in the future will be to cool the GPU. To do so quietly we need cool air directly from
outside. The CPU cooling and maintaining the air temperature in the computer case at a reasonable level is no more challenge.

If you could provide a short paragraph to your readers on the above explanation that would be much appreciative.

If you have any further questions please let me know.

All my best
Michele
edit : there is also another option left besides wind cooling. take a look at this website. passive cooling with high end cards and get lower temperatures then the stock. and when i say lower it's much lower...... and silent as well...

the only requirements it needs is a good airflow..

google it with these words : aerocase condor

or use this link : www madshrimps be/?action=getarticle&articID=477 ( put the . before www and after madshrimps this funny forum here prevents me from posting links before 5 postings. how silly is that then... but there are more roads to rome.. )

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I would call this statement from Arctic Cooling as incorrect (to put it mildly). Saying that a DHES doesn't make sense when you're talking about GPU's that have more transistors than CPUs is rather funny. Saying that it's only 1 degree Celzius case temperature difference is just not true. Right now, I have X1800XT with a stock cooling (which exhaust the air). My PSU cooler almost doesn't work (you can barely feel some air coming from the CPU) but when I had a 7900GT with Zalman VF900, it was much more noticeable. I don't have to say how the CPU idle temperatures are lower by 3-4 degrees also and it probably helps my mainboards passive cooling also (it probably has a hard time coping with Nvidia's Nforce heating; hot air from Accelero only makes it much worse).

The other claim about the DHES that has to be noisy is also suspicious. I had NV Silencer 5 and it wasn't noisy at all. Granted, newer cards are hotter, but Gainward also provides it's AGP 7900GTs (7800GS GS+) with an Arctic Cooling special made DHES cooler which is low-profile, quiet and efficient.
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We have seen several reports that the Accelero X2 raises the case temperature with more than 1 degree Celcius. And every degree it raises the PSU fan will have to increase in speed to compensate. And PSU fans do get louder when they rotate faster. So if people report that they can't hear the Accelero X2 that could be because the PSU fan is louder.
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We have seen several reports that the Accelero X2 raises the case temperature with more than 1 degree Celcius. And every degree it raises the PSU fan will have to increase in speed to compensate. And PSU fans do get louder when they rotate faster. So if people report that they can't hear the Accelero X2 that could be because the PSU fan is louder.
The problem is that it really depends upon the case and room temperature. In a test lab with regulated AC and a case with good airflow the difference might be 1°C. Someone in a hot room with a cramped (or poor airflow) case will experience an entirely different reading.
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I know this is an old thread, but I appreciate the work that was done to pull all the information together.
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I can appreciate the work done here too, there are by now other models that people have been waiting for but still there are people that need the info.
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it appears to be an old post and so are the guys right to who are saying that this is old,crap...... bt i think NoDamage has done good work, atleast he has provided and shared information with us, he should be thanked in this regard.... and those who are booooing him instead of chearing looks to me
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Neat old thread. I actually ended up putting a Thermaltake TMG-AT1 on my old x1900 recently... best upgrade it could ever have hoped for - whisper quiet, totally cool, perfection.

Wish I had THAT back in the day!
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Neat old thread. I actually ended up putting a Thermaltake TMG-AT1 on my old x1900 recently... best upgrade it could ever have hoped for - whisper quiet, totally cool, perfection.

Wish I had THAT back in the day!
what was the typical idle temperatures on your X1900? I recently got my R580 back the other day and gave it a once over dusting... disassembled the the heatsink/fan assembly and removed the dust (using a paint brush, and vacuum) and then proceeded to replace the thermal paste... (Arctic Silver Ceramique)

it hit a maximum idle of 45C at stock frequencies, and whatever fan speed it decides

http://www.rage3d.com/board/showthread.php?t=33972108
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It always idled about 50-52 degrees celsius on the stock cooler (and it was always a noisy bugger, but we all knew that!). I only checked the temps when I originally installed the new cooler and used the card for a bit, but it's been sitting on a shelf for a while and I've long forgotten what temps the new cooler achieved.

Be happy to hook it up and find out if you'd like...
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