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Arctic Cooler Accelero X1 Review - Page 3 of 3

OPERATION

Running

As expected, I could not hear this cooler outside the case. It is rated at 0.4 Sone, which is incredibly quiet. To test out its performance in temperature, I left it running overnight to test the idle. For a load test, I ran a 20 minute continual loop of Quake 4 timedemos in windowed mode so I could see the nVidia temperature control panel. Temperatures for the Accelero were only a degree higher at idle, but they were identical to the Zalman at load.

Temperatures (°C)
GPUAmbient
Zalman - Idle4734
Zalman - Load5742
Accelero - Idle4834
Accelero - Load5742

Fins

CONCLUSION

I was expecting the Accelero to be as silent as the Zalman it was replacing. It was. I was expecting the Accelero to perform at least as well as the Zalman it was replacing. It did. The edge that the Accelero has over the Zalman is that the Accelero works in SLi mode. To install the Zalman in SLi mode I had to remove the brace plate from the back of the bottom card because it interfered with the fan of the top card. The height of the Accelero and the fact that there is no large brace on the backside of the card takes care of the whole Zalman problem. Overall, the Accelero is a great cooler and works well when running in SLi mode. It doesn't greatly improve temperatures over other air cooling devices, but for the price of $29.99 at CrazyPC and the fact that it works in SLi mode, I give the Accelero X1 a Grand Slam. Thanks to CrazyPC for the review sample.

Feel free to discuss this review in this forum thread.

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Last Updated on April 26, 2006


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