Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 (and Turbo Module)
Posted by: Dan on: 06.07.2007 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
This cooler is definitely not something to be trifled with. It destroyed anything that I could compare it against, even watercooling (to an extent). The lack of weight to it could betray its awesome cooling abilities if you were to just pick the thing up you would think straight away due to its weight that it is not up to it, but once installed its cooling ability shines. It would have been interesting to test this cooler out on a hotter card, like an X1950, but not having one on hand this was not possible. One can only assume that it performs just as well compared to other coolers on those cards.
If it were not for the problems that arose from my installation of the cooler then I would recommend the S1 without a moment’s hesitation, but as it stands there are a few things to consider before taking the plunge and getting this cooler. First you need to check that there aren’t any clearance issues on your card like mine and that you have a decent amount of negative pressure inside your case (if you choose not to get the turbo module).
Be prepared for a tricky installation; I had to manually force the supports to lock together with the help of a screwdriver as a lever. With the turbo module installed the cooling setup becomes a 3 slot solution. This is blocking too many slots for my liking, and even stopped me using my wifi card. But other than those few problems this card is definitely worth purchasing, even at passive it was able to beat several other active solutions in the test. I was able to find one online at only £15.99 (RRP (ex VAT): $29 / €24) which also makes this cooler incredibly good value for money.
If this cooler had of been able to be installed problem free then it would have received our highest award, but as it is, I will have to award it the XtremeComputing Gold Award.
• Seriously impressive Cooling Performance
• Silence (even the turbo module is near silent)
• Well priced
• Tricky installation
• Several exhaust fans are needed (for it to work in passive mode)
• 3 Slot cooling solution (with turbo module)
Reviewed buy Dan
Thanks to Arctic Cooling for supplying the product for review