Review ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II – 120

Review ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II - 120

Sometimes, looking at the different variations of video cards today’s time, one wonders how well the manufacturer has taken care of its customer … Opening the box is almost always possible to find an extended delivery, performance and quiet cooling system, if not unique PCB design. And working video card in the “Out of the box”.

But when – that the idea that the standard cooling system can remain in operation fired the minds of enthusiasts! I remember the days when the forums were actively discussion Cu or AlCU? Yes, I was on the Zalman VF700, at the time this cooler was just a legend among alternative cooling for graphics cards. Of course, today there are unique representatives of cooling systems that are ready to cool even the hottest GPU, but they are paying less and less attention. In the near future we will look at some of them and try to understand whether there is a need for them in our time.

Today, I want to talk about a full CBO does not serve for video ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II-120. This model may enjoy those who are not satisfied with the standard “air”, but also for the purchase for a single card is not yet ready.

ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II-120 came to us in a rather compact package, it can be said, a little too compact: at first glance it seems that within just can not fit this kit. On the side faces have photos and a very complete listing of the features and specifications of the cooling system, put five of informativeness.

Review ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II - 120

After deployment, all supplied again surprised how well everything fit into the above box. Besides the NWO with a radiator and water block there was a place: Mounting Kit, massive radiator, one fan, a set of thermal spacers, additional edges of rigidity, thermal compound MX-packing 4 and a set of instructions. Solid set, then everything in order.

Let’s start with the radiator or you can use the term “bekpleyt”? Let’s understand the reason why there was this big heatsink, why it was impossible to make a set of small “hedgehogs” for memory and VRM. Since Accelero Hybrid II-120 is positioned as a universal CBO for video cards, the manufacturer need to catch immediately “group” hares, in the sense of a lot of hot chips cool apart from the GPU. Here Arctic Cooling engineers decided to play on the factor that most chips good transfer heat to the printed circuit board, and there was one monolithic radiator.

On the bundled fan no obvious markings, in general, a standard 120’ka with a thickness of 20 mm in the housing. The rotational speed of the impeller may be in the range 400-1350 v / min, and the maximum air flow will be 74 CFM. With the noise figure of Monsieur, we will introduce in the testing.

Used radiator, no different uniqueness, its dimensions are 120x150x25 millimeters. The radiator is ready to take on board their two fans, but looking ahead to say that as a result of testing it has not given a large performance gain.

The radiator is connected to the water-block with two hoses, rubber and they are fairly easy to bend. Free stock removal radiator is about 420 millimeters, given compliance tubing, it makes it quite easy to install the system inside the housing.However, do not forget: kinks have not yet gone no one CBO good!

Review ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II - 120

In Hybrid II-120 waterblock is nearly the same solution of ASETEK. By the way, the decision of ASETEK can be seen in the review of AMD R9 295×2 , there are two such :). As can be seen from the photo, looks, and internally waterblock and pump are completely identical, the only difference lies in the mounting plate, which contains connectors for different GPU, more during installation. Connect the pump to the power supply comes with a single connector MOLEX.

Copper base water-block processing is of average quality, small traces are visible cutters, and specular reflection is observed.But all would be fine, but for some fantastic ideas of engineers, whether by mistake performers, but at the bottom there is a slight bulge in the middle.

Some call this form of special base, cone, according to their theory it should improve the clamp in the middle, in the area of direct contact with the crystal GPU. Personally, I do not support the idea of not even ground: warp map, creating the largest clamp at one point, is clearly not the best solution. Let it be just smooth, and we’ll try to set things right …

What will be the imprint of thermal paste, we learn just a few paragraphs later, and now directly about the installation, which will be happening for a novelty GeForce GTX TITAN X.

Review ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II - 120

Installation begins with screw-in studs Th tyreh desired holes on the waterblock, the instruction in this part quite intelligent.Further, on the studs need to set some goals to prevent damage to the circuit board, they are on the photo for me so they could be “ereznee village.”

The most problematic, for me personally, it was cut holes suitable for protective layer. Frankly, it did not work very carefully, but the result was achieved. Before installing the heatsink, I recommend to grab a layer of adhesive tape, so it will be more convenient.

Once the radiator is installed on the board by means of several guide provides support for fixing bolts. Here I am a bit surprised that the studs are located not quite the center of the rails.

The final touch is to install a radiator mount to the PCB by means of six mini “clamps” for this in the previous step, the radiator should be installed parallel to the brink of the video card. Thanks to “clamp”, closely pressed to the board. In my case, the hoses have been specially arranged in the opposite direction, so it is more convenient to open my booth :).

Assembled structure, it looks pretty impressive, so the graphics card starts to take three expansion slots, but it’s all thanks to the radiator. In general, as can be seen from the pictures, the size of the front side even become a bit less.

Review ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II - 120

With regard to the installation at the manufacturer can uniquely make it more comfortable. For example, add the ability to separate the water-block installation – it’s definitely simplify and secure the whole process. Next, add the stop catches in the printed circuit board to eliminate the excess of inflection PCB. Yes, the board bends, and significantly. Add to set a uniform thermal pads on the entire area of the radiator, I think the pros are obvious.

Finally, after two attempts to install, I could not get a quality print of thermal paste, rather than that which is represented on the photo. Of course, the area is huge and there GM200 aforementioned taper clearly played into the hands.

To test the heroine of this review used the testbed with the following configuration:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4770K @ 4400 MHz (HT enabled, Turbo – off);
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC;
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN-X;
  • RAM: Transcend aXeRam DDR3-2400;
  • Hard disk: Transcend MTS600 TS256GMTS600(for the system);
  • Power supply: Be quiet BN204 DARK POWER PRO 10 | CM 1000W.

Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN-X is the best fit for the load of the cooling system. The study of temperature indicators happened in gaming applications, in order to minimize errors and exceptions nuances associated with the installation, a full cycle of measurements, after which occurred disassembly assembly devices and measurements were repeated.

So, as the temperature readings directly dependent on the speed of the fan, I decided to check out a few modes. At the same time did not choose the optimal relationship of temperature and velocity, and simply chose three modes: silent, maximum and average. For each mode, the fan speed is of application MSI Afterburner.

The noise level was held with a digital sound level meter at a distance of ~ 30cm, the minimum limit of the measurement noise is 30 dB, the noise level in the room is equal to 32,0-32,3dB given below 33,0-33,7dB can be considered absolutely silent, the error may be 1,5-2dB.

Review ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II - 120

So, Accelero Hybrid II was able to cool down GTX TITAN-X by as much as 31 ° C! In this case, it was the noise level on the head below. And even completely silent mode temperature difference remains near twenty degrees. Therefore, we can state as a fact, Accelero Hybrid II will be able to cope with any video card today’s time, while she remains a clear margin in performance.Declared threshold of 320W, is a reality.

Noise characteristics as well have left a positive impression, your pump can be heard only the first few seconds turn, then its presence is not noticeable, as the technique and its own hearing … As always, the main source of noise is the fan, which each may optionally be added to taste, of course, have staff there is a bonus in the form of connector to connect to the card itself.

All available “nit-picking” to the Accelero Hybrid II have already been announced in the course material, once again, the build process did not seem the most convenient, there is clearly room for improvement there. An increase in the size of the back of the video card is best provided in advance, prior to purchase.

Review ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II - 120

Yes, the culprit oversized radiator-bekpleyt, really works. During the tests, the cabinet temperature of memory chips and VRM was at the level of around 80 ° C, while it is clearly less than the regular version with 83 ° C on the radiator. However, during testing I did not leave the desire “to stick” small radiators …

Now, about the advisability of purchasing this “hybrid” at the time of writing, according to Yandex.Market in the metropolitan retail it can be purchased for about 6200r. Therefore, in the end of the following options: Are you a fan of nonperforming NWO?You do not want to CBO and universal dropsy on several generations of video cards in advance? Then it’s your choice!

In other situations, for example in the presence of NWO processor is better to purchase a universal water block for graphics card (Theme of one of the following materials). And lastly, the cost Accelero Hybrid II is the approximate difference between the GTX 960 and GTX 970 … That’s how it seems now the state of “Out of the box” is not so bad, though, but experience shows that not always 😉

Source: Arctic


Review ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II – 120 updated: April 15, 2015 author: John Malkovich