There’s no question about it: AIO water cooling solutions are here to stay. They’ve been around for CPUs; but what about GPUs? Arctic has that base covered, and it sent us its Accelero Hybrid II-120 with the unspoken promise that it is superior to any stock cooling solution. But just how good is it?
Let’s talk about cooling. In my earliest years as a PC enthusiast, I was obsessed with lowering my components’ temperatures – especially at load – through any means available. With my Opteron CPUs, that even entailed removing the IHS (integrated heat spreader). The payoff, of course, was spectacular, with maximum load temperatures dropping as much as 20ºC. That ultimately meant that I could overclock my Opterons like crazy.
And this was all before I got bit by the water-cooling bug.
These days, I’m a dedicated custom water cooling enthusiast. As such, I must admit to having a bit of a snobbish attitude towards the modern trend for AIO (all-in-one) water cooling solutions. But cooling equipment solutions provider Arctic has given me something of an attitude adjustment.
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