Provided by: Arctic
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Class: High Performance
Arctic Accelero Hybrid VGA Cooler is in the High Performance class of CPU coolers.
Excellent thermal performance under heavy load and the included F12 PWM fan produces very little noise when in operation.
Aside from the shocking sticker price, the Arctic Accelero Hybrid self-contained liquid cooling kit also features alarmingly excellent performance, dropping the stock cooling performance over 25 degrees Celcius under load. The included 120mm F12 PWM fan is also very quiet, especially with the smart fan enabled in the BIOS since it is PWM controlled. Installation was simple and the most daunting part was actually just seeing all the various components laid out in the beginning. The manual is very straight forward and easy to follow so there was no genuine concern to be had. Most of the accessories provided are not necessary but they do provide flexible options for users depending on their hardware. The use of rubber tubing also complements the Accelero Hybrid’s mounting flexibility, as it can be mounted on at least four different positions inside a mid-tower case. On a full-tower case, the radiator tube might not be long enough to reach certain areas, such as the rear, but it is long enough to reach the top, bottom and front mounting so users can still use the Hybrid.
The only real major hurdle in fully recommending the Arctic Accelero Hybrid is the price. Paying $179 USD for a GPU cooler is very steep and is more than twice the price of a similar 120mm self-contained LCS CPU cooler. This is understandable, given that there is virtually no competition for the Accelero Hybrid offering the same cooling capability and wide range of cross-generational GPU mounting compatibility. At the time of this review, Arctic’s website has even begun listing the yet to be announced AMD HD 8870 as a compatible GPU to the Accelero Hybrid. For those thinking about multi-GPU solutions, space is tight for SLI/Crossfire mounting, especially with the protruding backplate and the angled 80mm fan, so using multiple cards with multiple Accelero Hybrids is not possible unless your motherboard has triple-slot spacing between two PCI-E x16 slots.
Since the GTX 580 throttles automatically when synthetic loads, such as OCCT, are used, 3DMark 11 graphic test 1 on loop was utilized, which showed a substantially higher temperature rise (44C vs 62C). The Accelero Hybrid still impressed, however, and was significantly quieter compared to the blower-style fan of the reference design, which was very loud, especially when overclocked. Overall, the Arctic Accelero Hybrid is undoubtedly unmatched in cooling performance in the aftermarket GPU department (with the exception of a full-fledged copper block and high-end liquid cooling kits), unfortunately the price tag is also more than one-third the price of a high-end video card, which lowers the appeal of a 25C temperature drop considerably.