Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 5870 Review

Testing and Conclusion

Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 5870 Review

Testing and Conclusion

For testing the Accelero Xtreme we fitted the card into our X58 test rig, which is in a standard ACTS 840, and brought out every heat-generators friend, Furmark. With the fans set at our standard 50% we ran the test at both stock speeds and overclocked as well. For our overclocked result we kept our HD5870 at default voltage and overclocked the GPU core from 875MHz to 1000MHz and the Memory from 1300MHz to 1350MHz.

Just in case you are as shocked as we were, here is a shot from FurMark with Extra-Burn enabled.

Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 5870 Review

Truly spectacular results. At 50% fan speed there was barely a difference between idle and load, and our big overclock only increased the overall temperature by a single degree. When your overclocked temperature under load is only 5°C higher than the reference cooler when idle, you know you've got a stunning product on your hands.


If the Prolimatech MK-13 was an exercise in frustration to install, miles too large for sensible use, and didn't really cool that well, then the Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme is the polar opposite.

Starting with the installation, it's an absolute joy. The instructions are clear and concise without a single element left to user interpretation. You're never in any doubt about what goes where, and what you should use to affix it. The decision to use only 7 screws, but three of a different size to the other four, is also wonderful. Regularly we come across products that have identical screw diameter but some are longer than others. Here the VRM ones are 2.5mm and the main cooler ones are 3mm. So even if you are the "tip it all out and then install" type you still can't go wrong. It's absolutely foolproof.

The impressive part is, if we weren't stopping to set up a photographic documentation of the process it is literally a five minute job.

Cooling performance is epic. Fantastic. Exceptional. 3D Mark Vantage Extreme, with the card overclocked to 1GHz, didn't go over 44°C with the fans at 50%, and even Furmark with the Burn mode enabled only saw 45°C. Stunning performance.

Probably the most impressive part though is the noise. Or rather, the silence. With the fans set to automatic control they rarely go above 20% just because the Accelero Xtreme is so good at keeping the card cool. At these low levels it is absolutely inaudible. Considering our test rig has Noctua fans which aren't exactly loud, it makes the Arctic Cooling effort even more impressive.

Raising the fan speed to 50% made no audible difference, and it was only once we past 68% that we could hear them. Even at 100% full chat they weren't offensive at all and were no louder than our 120mm case fans.

Price-wise is, like everything here, worth applauding too. The Prolimatech was £50 and you had to supply your own fans. This is £45 all in.

So what's the flaws and faults in the Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme? Erm. Well. Hmm. The fans are white? Really that's to be expected as it's Manufacturer Branding, but as a third-party option some alternative colours would be nice. Even if it was just available with black fans, although let's be honest that's being incredibly picky.

Altogether the Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme isn't the weapon of choice for modified cooling for no reason. It's quieter than we could ever hope, as easy and relaxing to fit as putting on a hat, and cools so brilliantly the ATI chip will give up long before heat limits our overclocking.

Flawless. It is an easy winner of our OC3D Gold Award, and is so comprehensively better than anything else on the market that not only should you purchase it if you are in the market for a GPU cooler, you should buy it even if you aren't. It's that damn good.


Thanks to Arctic Cooling for proving the Accelero Xtreme 5870 for testing. Discuss in our forums.

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20-09-2010, 08:51:20

Arctic Cooling have long been a popular choice for modifying your graphics card cooling. Today we're looking at their 5870 model.

Continue ReadingQuote

20-09-2010, 09:21:48


Finally.. Finally they have sorted out their stick down solution.

It's expensive but by crikey it's worth it. Excellent results as before, but before you had the constant 'crap your pants' feeling that the sinks were going to fall off.

Orsum !

(Ta for the review as ever )Quote

20-09-2010, 09:24:12

epic cooler that isQuote

20-09-2010, 13:31:26

what if I put this cooler on one of my 480? of coerce it wouldn't fit, but I can be creative


20-09-2010, 13:31:36

Well done artic. Im glad to see there getting top of there game.

Excellent review.

that will go onto my wish listQuote

20-09-2010, 13:42:29

I love Arctic Cooling's VGA line-up, it is one of the best, aftermarket cooling options on the market!

And, as always, the review is great!

And, silenthill, I believe you are looking for this.Quote

20-09-2010, 15:12:22

Originally Posted by silenthill View Post

what if I put this cooler on one of my 480? of coerce it wouldn't fit, but I can be creative
there is one for the 480 already same kinda set upQuote

20-09-2010, 16:12:21

Thanks guys, looking in to it but the thing is I’ll have to buy two


20-09-2010, 16:19:08

Great review, looks like AC have finally sorted the RAM heatsinks problem. Not a bad price compared to WCing either.Quote

20-09-2010, 16:29:44

Wow! Amazing results on this beast! I think this + Dh14 proves that watercooling is no longer needed.Quote

20-09-2010, 16:33:16

Originally Posted by Delusion77 View Post

Wow! Amazing results on this beast! I think this + Dh14 proves that watercooling is no longer needed.
Ones ambient temps go up its better to have WC IMHO so i kinda disagree

but I do get your drift Quote

20-09-2010, 16:35:32

Originally Posted by SnW View Post

Ones ambient temps go up its better to have WC IMHO so i kinda disagree

but I do get your drift
Im starting to think otherwise. Ive always been a water freak, but tbh air is getting to the point its quieter!Quote

20-09-2010, 19:04:29

With water, once you have the initial investment, it will last longer, and probably be as quiet, and definitely get better temps. These air kits can't get the temperatures on the VRMs to be nearly as low as a decent water block. Also with water there is more space in the expansion ports (a water block takes 1.5 slots, this air cooler is three). Kinda limits crossfire or SLI on many boards.Quote

21-09-2010, 11:17:46

well ok, watercooling still has its advantages, but its much more expensive and for the average enthusiast. AIR is just making more sense.

And its true what you say about crossfire, but again if you look at if for the average enthusiast (not extreme), tri and quad xfire/sli are much more expensive and cant be justified when on a budget.

my current build has a watercooled cpu - and i used to have a 4870x2 in the loop aswell. My gpu just stopped working and i didnt have enough cash to afford a replacement gpu and re plumb it back into the loop. Im also looking at AMD's bulldozer as a future cpu upgrade, and might end up selling my current pc, and rebuilding completely cooled by air.Quote

21-09-2010, 15:02:54

Think I might acquire one of these after payday!

Looks a dammed good solution and as mentioned justifying the water route becomes harder with these alternatives.

Would be nice to have a backplate solution for the exposed part of the card, usually fully visible in a windowed pc, just to keep it tidy.Quote

19-06-2011, 08:56:50

Does this cooler fit non-reference cards?Quote

19-06-2011, 09:03:09

Originally Posted by fillthevoid View Post

Does this cooler fit non-reference cards?
Its designed for reference. you may need to modify or fabricate parts for non ref.Quote

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