Xilence XC026 cpu cooler

Easy CPU cooler replacement for Acer PO3-620 i7 10700

Buying Acer’s Predator Orion gaming PC is one way to get an RTX 3070 graphics card without paying absurd prices. However, it comes with a standard CPU cooler that is loud and not very effective.

I replaced it with a Xilence XC026| I4026 (Amazon.com / Amazon.de affiliate links), which led to a significant CPU temperature drop under load. While this doesn’t turn the PC into a quiet machine, the cooler can be installed without replacing the backplate.

All you have to do is modify the cooler itself by moving the two brackets that hold the large screws as shown below.

Original configuration

CPU cooler in original configuration
Bracket at the bottom of the cooler

After modification

Modified CPU cooler
Bracket after being moved (ignore the incorrect orientation of the bracket the back, I wasn’t paying attention and also might be stupid)

On one side you can remove the fan to fasten the small bracket screws. On the other side there is very little room (this is the only challenge with this procedure):

Very little room to access screws on one side
Still easier than removing the motherboard to replace the backplate

Follow the instructions that came with the cooler for the rest of the (simple) installation process.

CPU temperature at full load

Temperature after 30 minutes of Folding@home, ambient temperature 24°C:

I found the recommendation for this cooler on the German Acer forum.

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