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Arctic Cooler Accelero X1 Review - Page 2 of 3

PACKAGE CONTENTS

The Accelero X1 comes in one of those plastic packages that require you pull out a heavy duty pair of scissors or knife to get it open. I absolutely hate that type of packaging. It's annoying; almost every smaller tech item comes in this packaging nowadays. I have ruined 2 pairs of my wife's good scissors opening up my tech toys. I can't help it. I'm an addict.

The package contains everything you need to install the Accelero onto supported nVidia video cards. It has short and long screws, a backplate for RAM on the backside of the card, thermal tape for the RAM and the Accelero X1 itself.

Package Contents

INSTALLATION

The card I installed this on was an nVidia 6800 series AGP card. This is the same card that I tested the Zalman vf700-Cu cooler a year ago. It happens to be in a different case this time, so I reran the numbers on the Zalman before replacing it with the Accelero X1.

Card with Zalman

Removing the Zalman was fairly easy. I removed the heatsink, fan and nipples (tee-hee-hee). A twist of the RAM heatsinks popped them right off. I cleaned off the RAM and the GPU, leaving the card ready for installation of the new Accelero X1.

Pre-Install

The instruction sheet comes in 2 languages, German and English. I chose the English language version, as my German is a little rusty. I can only pick out a few words that I recognize from Rammstein songs and most of those words wouldn't appear in the German instructions, so I stuck with English. There were plenty of pictures to go along with the text, so it was easy for me to follow along, due to my low attention span.

Installed

The Accelero comes with thermal paste pre-installed. I turned the Accelero upside down, like the instructions directed me to, and removed the cover of the thermal paste. I placed the thermal stickers on the video card's RAM. I inverted the video card and placed it on the Accelero, making sure to line up all the screw holes (tee-hee-hee). All that was left to do was to tighten it down, attach the power cable to the video card and install it onto my motherboard.

The Backside

Next Page: Operation and Conlusion

Last Updated on April 26, 2006


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