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|Review: ARCTIC 7970 Accelero Xtreme|
|Posted by Dexter K.|
|Friday, 15 June 2012 10:16|
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Verdict and Conclusion
After testing the 7970 Accelero Xtreme I must say that I am both impressed and disappointed.
Core temps were great while my system also became much more quiet. On the other hand, the lack of airflow almost killed my $550 video card and a lack of a proper manual for a long time was a huge disappointment.
If I could change a few things I would add in a tube of thermal paste instead of pre-applying a single use of paste to the heatsink. And adding a larger amount of G1 paste that has a couple of applications worth would be great.
Adding in an instruction manual in the package would also be a priority, as well as including a few more beefy heatsinks for the VRM area.
When it comes to the price Arctic has it listed for a whopping $99.90, plus shipping. Would I ever spend that much on a heatsink? No I would not. Shopping around it can be found for $83 to your door. While this is better than $100-ish I would find it extremely hard to spend that much on an aftermarket heatsink that mostly lowers the amount of noise.
Shall we summarize? There are pros:
There are cons too:
While GPU cooling is very good, the ability to properly cool secondary components is very much lacking. If you are looking to quiet down your system this is a good choice, but make sure that you have tons of airflow in your case or you will end up with a dead card sooner or later.