by Rob Williams on March 6, 2006 in Air-Cooling
Arctic Cooling is soon to release a new GPU cooler called the Accelero. There are two versions of the cooler, one for top end NVIDIA and the other for top end ATI. I am taking a look at the NVIDIA version which I throw on a card that’s known for overheating often. Let’s take a closer look.
In order to help stress the before and after card to their max temperature, I ran the card through a 45 minute loop of 3D Mark 06 with default settings, except for the resolution which was set to 1280*768 due to my usage of a TV as a monitor at the time. I captured all of the temperatures using RivaTuner, which makes light work of logging the temps into an easy to read format.
- CPU: 3200+ Venice @ 2.0GHz
- Motherboard: DFI LanParty Ultra-D w/ 704-2BTA BIOS
- Memory: Corsair 2GB PC4000 Platinum @ 3-4-4-8/2.8v
- Video: BFG 6800GT OC 256MB PCI-E
- Sound: Chaintech AV-710
- Storage: WD 160GB 7200 8MB
- Odds and Ends: Titan Robela Water Cooling the CPU, 4x 120MM fans
- Etcetera: Windows XP Professional SP2, NVIDIA 81.98 Drivers
Note: Testing of both the stock and Accelero were done with the case door off.
There’s not a single doubt about the cooler helping the card. With the Accelero installed, the card’s max temp decreased by 18°C. That’s amazing. I feel far more comfortable with my GPU at 66°C than 84°C any day. These are fantastic temperatures, and I am glad to see the cooler made such a huge difference over stock. Even 66°C can be considered hot for some cards, but not this one; It’s notorious for overheating.
Using Coolbits to tell me my ‘optimized’ overclock settings, the Stock cooler originally stated my max overclock to be 435/1130, while the Accelero bumped that up to 443/1140.
As mentioned in the intro, Arctic Cooling has not disappointed us yet. I am very pleased with the cooling power of the Accelero, considering how well it performed on this extremely hot card. The cooler certainly proved itself in my tests, so I recommend it to anyone who owns a 6800/7800 card. If you own the same card as mentioned in this review, then do yourself a favor and pick one up!
There’s very little I don’t like about the cooler. The fact that is sticks out far made putting the door back on my PC impossible, so you could potentially run into the same problem. The cooler is also not the best looking out there, and doesn’t do much for you if you work towards keeping your PC looking pimp. I cannot rate the product on it’s price either, because it’s not currently available in any e-tailer. I assume the prices will be around the same price point as the nV5 Silencer Rev. 3.
Overall, I award the Accelero X1 a well deserved 9 out of possible 10 and our Editors Choice award. Arctic Cooling is one of those companies that continue to impress, and I can’t wait to see what new products they release in the future.
March 7 Edit: I forgot to stress a few points in the review. First off, the Accelero is different than the Silencers because they are designed for BTX form factor cases. If the 6800GT was equipped with a better cooler, it would no doubt beat out the Accelero. The Accelero is a quiet solution designed for BTX.
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