Today's graphics cards push pixels harder and faster than ever, and it takes plenty of cooling prowess to keep these modern day GPUs from burning up. Stock coolers get the job done, but they tend to run loud. Enter third party players like Arctic Cooling, which just launched its new Accelero Xtreme III VGA cooler for both Nvidia and AMD videocards.
The Accelero Xtreme III features a trio of 92mm PWM fans with a maximum cooling capacity of up to 300 watts. Underneath is an 84-fin heatsink with 5 copper heatpipes and pre-applied MX-4 thermal compound.
According to Arctic Cooling, all this technology adds up to a cooler that's much more efficient than most stock coolers. Compared to the reference cooler on Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680, the Accelero Xtreme III supposedly lowers temps by 22C on the GPU, while also cooling the RAM and running virtually silent.
"Thanks to the PWM control, the fan spins according to the temperature of the GPU," Arctic Cooling explains. "This means that the fans just spin up if necessary and will rest at minimum speed otherwise. PWM settings can be modified to fix the priorities between performance and noise."
The Accelero Xtreme III is available now for $120 MSRP.