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ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid AIO Video Card Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | Video Card Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 26, 2012 4:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: ARCTIC

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This is the 31 heat sinks supplied for you to choose from depending on the video card you are trying to cool. There is really a full assortment of 19 various styles and sizes of heat sinks for the power delivery system and 12 that are better off for cooling the memory ICs. There also was the slim syringe of MX-4 to apply to the GPU die when you get to that part of the installation.




This bit of hardware is shipped in the bottom half and covers things like the strips of plastic on the yellow backing that allow you to isolate connections on the PCB if the heat sinks need to be super close. It also has a cardboard spacer template for the memory sinks, the metal back plate to support the head unit, a slotted expansion slot if you are cooling a single slot video card, a wire tie and an adapter for the mini 4-pin if your card doesn't have one on the PCB.




This bit of the kit includes most of the mounting goodies. There are four basic fan screws and the eight screws for the radiator with four washers below it. At the top right there are head unit mounting screws, screws and washers to tame the tubing under the shroud and various spacers you need for the head unit and back plate. Below that there is a block of foam for under the metal plate and some 0.5mm thick thermal pad. Then there are 17 washers for different stages of the install and a tube of Thermal Adhesive for all of the heat sinks you need to use.




The last bit of the kit you will need to get things under way is the 120mm F12 PWM fan that is included to cool the radiator. The cable is wrapped around three side of the fan before it juts out to show the 4-pin fan connection that we will need to plug in to the end of the shroud.




A quick glance at the installation manual shows things start off easy enough with a complete checklist for every included components so you can be sure if you got everything you should have. It then moves over to a product overview so you get an idea of how it works and how you connect the wires. It seems pretty simple so far.




When I opened the manual up more, I found that with reading it over once, I was in for a lot of work to get this cooler mounted to my video card. I am really glad that ARCTIC took the time to deliver such a well written manual and has such well drawn images to help show what they are telling you to do. It isn't like the cooler is completely unassuming; in fact it is a lot like other Accelero coolers on the PCB level. The real change is all the goodies that go in instead of the large air cooling fin arrangement.




Flipping the manual over, you can see you were barely getting started when the front was finished. There is a lot of finer details that you need to keep in mind during the build process such as the wiring and tubing, making sure they stay out of your way, but even here ARCTIC addresses these things to help you along the way to completion.

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