Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 5870 Review
Published: 20th September 2010 | Source: Arctic Cooling | Price: £49.98 |
Now the 5 series of graphics cards from ATI have been around for a long while there are plenty on the market that come with specialist coolers and lots of fancy little bits and bobs to differentiate them from the rest of the pack.
XFX, Sapphire and HiS to name but three all offer a card that comes with a bespoke cooler that claim to make their model cooler and quieter than the reference design.
It's all well and good because all want cooler to either allow a greater overclocking headroom or less head dumped into your system, and quieter is something we all aspire to. Often though these non-reference designs are compromised by the need to look good and have enough spare room available for the manufacturer branding.
What if you've already got a graphics card though and just want it to be cooler and quieter without having to fork out for an entirely new card?
Enter Arctic Cooling and their Accelero Xtreme range. A lot of third-party vendors use a re-badged Arctic Cooling solution thanks to their multi-award winning performance. Anyone who owned one of the extremely desirable Asus 4870X2 Tri-Fan models had an Accelero Xtreme.
Today we're going to see if their Accelero Xtreme 5870 model can really make a difference to the temperatures of our card and get remotely close to Arctic Coolings low-noise claims.
Far and away the biggest eye-opener in the specifications for the Accelero are Arctic Coolings claims for both the noise and temperature performance of their cooler. We're used to manufacturers making lofty claims, but can this really be almost silent and extremely cool? Those two things rarely make for comfortable bedfellows as the need for silence always means less cooling performance, and vice versa.
|Dimensions||290 x 104 x 56 mm (L W H)|
|Fan||3 x 92mm|
|Fan Speed||900 to 2000 RPM (PWM)|
|Fan Noise||0.5 Sone @100% compared to 5.2 Sone for ref @ 100%|
|Air Flow||81 CFM @ 2000 RPM|
|Max Cooling Capacity||250 W|
|Bearing Type||Fluid Dynamic Bearing|
|Cooling Performance||36 °C cooler than reference @ 100% fans|
Let's get a look at the cooler in detail and go through the installation procedure.