Arctic Cooling Accelero X1 VGA Cooler



Arctic Cooling, it's a name synonymous with innovative and effective cooling solutions for the modern PC user. And just in case you have managed to reside in an cone of silence for the past few years, you would know that many PC enthusiasts have chosen to adopt Arctic Cooling's products over the original manufacturers stock cooling solutions. Arctic Cooling have really carved out a niche for themselves, particularly within the realm of aftermarket VGA coolers and case cooling fans. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to review Arctic Cooling' Accelero X1 cooler, so without further ado let's get acquainted with our review specimen.


The technical specifications of the Accelero X1 VGA cooler were taken directly from Arctic Cooling's website, you can find additional information here

  • Heat Sink: 152(L) x 90(W) x 30(H) mm *Fan: 141(L) x 120(W) x 28(H) mm
  • Overall Dimensions: 152(L) x 120(W) x 30(H) mm
  • Rated Fan Speed: 500 - 2000 RPM
  • Power Consumption: 0.13 Amp.
  • Air Flow: 9.82 CFM / 16.7 m3/h
  • Weight: 262 g
  • Noise Level: 0.4 Sone
  • Thermal Resistance: 0.39°C/Watt
  • Thermal Interface Material: Pre-applied MX-1 Paste
  • Warranty: 6 Years
(Accessed 9th September 2006)


Arctic Cooling specifies that the Accelero X1 is compatible with the following garphics cards:
  • Nvidia 6800 Series;
  • Nvidia 7800 Series (PCI-e), and the
  • Nvidia 7900GTX
Further, Arctic Cooling also state that most of the 7900GT cards are incompatible with the X1 cooler. But, they note that a passive cooler will be available for the 7900GT on the 06/2006; of which I can see no further detail on.
Arctic Cooling have provided a height restriction drawing on their website to help ensure compatibility in tight areas.

Packaging and Contents

Arctic Cooling have taken the liberty of allowing the Accelero's packaging speak for itself. It is simple and unassuming, although the size of the X1 is visually impressive to say the least. I must admit that upon seeing the X1 first hand, my initial thoughts were that this VGA cooler was going to be insanely loud but it should lower the temps though, quite nicely. One thing I would like to include about the packaging is that there is very little protecting the top of the cooler from potential damage/impact in transit, apart from the very thin plastic cover.

Accelero X1 front view Accelero X1 rear view

On the reverse side of the packaging there is again very little superfluous information; simply some basic spec, the X1's main features and a performance comparison between it and the Nvidia 7800GTX's reference cooler.

X1 front view including contents X1 reverse including contents

Included inside the packaging were:

  • 1 x Accelero X1 VGA cooler
  • 1 x 'J' shaped metal RAM heatsink
  • 1 x packet of TIM for RAM heatsink
  • 1 x packet of included screws and plastic spacers for installation
  • Instruction manual
  • 1 x Arctic Cooling case sticker.

It's interesting to note that nowhere on the packaging, nor on Arctic Cooling's website could I find exactly what was supposed to be included within the package. Now that we've had a look inside the packaging, let's take a closer look at the cooler itself.

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Most Recent Comments

30-08-2006, 07:09:17

Now how does this compare to the x1300 in the laptop I've just bought.....Quote

30-08-2006, 08:01:02

Yeah I'd like to know how it stacks up against the desktop cards and which it's closest too.Quote

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