Arctic Cooling Accelero X1 VGA Cooler
A Closer Look
Author: Matthew Fogg (PV5150)
Hardware Acquired: Arctic Cooling
A Closer look
Upon closer investigation of the Accelero X1, it's an absolute no-brainer to pull apart. This is particularly benficial if your PC is prone to attracting dust, so making it easier for the end user to remove dust from the heatsink is a definite plus in my book. All it takes to pull apart the X1 is the removal of 3 small screws, and unhooking 5 retaining clips on the cover.
From the above pictures you can see how easily the Accelero X1 can be cleaned. A simple few bursts from a can of compressed air and the heatsink will be clear of the dreaded dust mites which would inhibit the performance of the cooler. Further, the fan shroud appears to be a completely sealed unit to help minimise the effects of dust buildup on the fans bearings (please see image at bottom of page). In order to remove accumulated dust from the fan blades, a simple clean with some moist cotton buds would be ample.
You can clearly see Arctic Cooling's heatpipe solution in the first photo and the length of them in the second photo. The fact that Arctic Cooling have provided heatpipe technology and a large surface area via the fins to allow for effective heat dissipation is quite reassuring. Not that I'm going to comment on the physics of heatpipes and how they work via the use of wicks (due to it being beyond the scope of this review), but, I'm more than confident that this cooler is going to perform extremely well. The fins appear to be spot soldered onto the heatpipes and a similar process used on the top of the fins to ensure stability and ridgidity. The baseplate of the X1 cooler is definitely not of a mirrored finish appearance, but is even and well lapped.
On the underside of the now reassembled X1 you will notice the large black flap protruding from the side. According to Arctic Cooling's website this window is to enable airflow to move over the voltage converters on your graphics card. Nice inclusion! The thermal compound included with the Accelero X1 is Arctic MX-1
, and can take up to 200 hours to fully cure, whilst cooling performance improves relative to the cured state. The curing time needed will be taken into account in order to fairly appraise the X1's performance.
The Accelero X1 utilises a Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB), which, in layman's terms means that the bearing itself is encased in oil. This is of benefit on two fronts. Firstly this allows the fan to operate whilst emitting low levels of noise; and secondly it reduces the amount of heat and friction upon the bearing themselves. Arctic Cooling have rated the X1's fan as being good for 400,00 hours Mean Time Till Failure (MTTF), at 40 Deg C. Hence the inclusion of an excellent 6 year warranty. Now that we've stripped the Accelero X1 of it's dignity and probed and prodded, lets move onto the installation section of the review.
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