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.
The card I installed this on was an nVidia 6800 series AGP card. This is the same card that I tested the
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.
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.
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.