Arctic Accelero Hybrid 7970 Cooler ReviewRHKCommander959 - September 26, 2012
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Aftermarket coolers are the way to go when looking to cut down on noise and heat, and push overclocks further. ARCTIC has designed a universal cooling kit that requires some assembly, but takes out the fear of water cooling for beginners. The kit is easy enough to get installed with care – anyone who has had a graphics card taken apart multiple times or likes gluing models together should do fine with assembly. Carefully read the instructions and wait to tighten the back-plate screws until you get all four in. To get the power cables to fit, I had to undo a washer to loosen the hoses. Once installed, however, everything worked properly. The fans operated very quietly and the lowered temperatures allowed for a safer experience, especially when overclocking!
The main con against this product is the suggested pricing! At $179.99, it costs more than double that of a Corsair H50 and is identical, save for the different tubing, base plate, mounting plate, and supporting components, such as the shroud and heat sinks. The added components do not add much justification to the sense of cost here. Full coverage blocks from EKWB or Danger Den, for example, both cost less and are smaller. Although, if a system lacked supporting components, it would cost more. For the price, it would be nice to see a smoother base too, as it is more important on a bare core than it would be on an IHS. Everything worked fine mechanically, although there were a few stumbling blocks during installation.
Pricing is paramount as to whether or not this product will succeed! Quiet, cool operation is nice, but a steep price will keep customers moving.
- Fits many cards ranging from 5-series to 7-series AMD
- Extra heat sinks included
- Loop is plumbed
- Everything is packaged well
- Compact design compared to air coolers