Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 w/Turbo Module

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Product(s): Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 Rev.2 GPU Cooler
                 Accelero Turbo Module
Provided By: Arctic Cooling
Price:


Introduction:

Today we are going to be looking at a graphics card cooler, the Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 V2. as well as the turbo module add-on. While still keeping its cooling ability, this fast selling cooler has support for an amazing amount of cards; from a 4870 to the 9800GTX+ it does it all.

 

Accelero S1 Rev. 2:

Package Front
Package Front
Package Back
Package Back

 

Specifications:

Well, there aren't many specs for a product of this type but what i have is here.

Compatibility:

ATI:
Radeon HD 4830/4850/4870, Radeon HD 38xx series, 36xx series, 2600, 2400, X1950, X1900, X1800, X1650, X1600, X1550, X1300 series

nVIDIA:
GeForce 9800GTX+, 9800GTX, 9800GT, 9600 GT, 8800GTS(G92), 8800GT, 8600, 8500, 8400, 7950GT, 7900, 7800, 7600, 7300, 6800, 6600 series (except 7X00 GS AGP)

 

Heat Sink:   138(L) x 215(W) x 33(H) mm
Heat pipe:   6 mm x 4
Weight:   268 g
Accessories:   2 Voltage Regulator Heat Spreaders

  8 Memory Heat Sinks
Warranty:   6 Years

 

 

 

Arctic Cooling Turbo Module:

 Turbo Package Front
Turbo Package Front
Turbo Package Back
Turbo Package Back

 

Compatibility:

Accelero S1, Accelero S1 Rev. 2, Accelero S2

 

Fan:   80 x 80 x 15 mm (each)
Fan Speed:   1500 RPM
Air Flow:   42 CFM
Bearing:   Sleeve Bearing
Plug:   3 pin plug (with power plug convertor)
Weight:   35 g (each)
Warranty:   6 Years

 

On the next page we'll take a closer look at both products and strap them on for some testing.


 

First Thoughts:

The package itself does not say that it is compatible with any 4800 series, since it was released even before the 3600s came out, however, if you look on the website it does say that it is compatible with both the 3600 and 4800 series graphics cards. The only issue I came across is as I was installing it, I did not have enough ram sinks to go on all the chips on the card, I had to go out and buy them separately.

Accelero S1 Top
Accelero S1 Top

 

Of course every gamer wants to have his computer look pretty; the cooler is not that aesthetic to a normal person. But if someone knows what he is looking at, then the cooler would be a piece of beauty.

It is also very huge, it takes up about 3 slots with the turbo module connected, without the turbo module you could probably get by with only 2 slots, but with the heat being dissipated I wouldn't put anything of importance that close to the card.

 Turbo Fans Top
Turbo Fans Top

 

Benchmarks:

Chart

 


Regular Cooling
Accelero S1
With Turbo Module
Idle Temps
80
52
39
Load Temps
89
77
54

 

In the graph above, you can see that there is quite a considerable temperature knocked off the card. The Turbo Module also makes quite a bit of difference by increasing the air flow through the metal cooler the card decreases rapidly in temperatures again to nearly a 40 degree drop in temperature at some points.

 Installed - Lower Profile
Installed - Lower Profile
Installed - Side Profile
Installed - Side Profile
Installed - Top Profile
Installed - Top Profile



Conclusion:

In conclusion i would say it would be totally worth it. It is a little big, perhaps not that aesthetically pleasing, and may require a bit of modification for the newer 4800 series graphics cards. However, for a total of 55$, including everything I had to buy, you can turn your boiling lava pit into an arctic winter. Well, maybe not that drastic, but knocking 40 degrees of any temperature is nothing to scoff at. If you are concerned about your cards safety, then I would strongly recommend the Accelero S1 for you.

 

BCCRating

 

I'd like to thank Arctic Cooling for sending over this cooling combo for us to review.  If you have any questions, please feel free to post them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.