Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 5870 Review


Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 5870 Review


Now the 5 series of graphics cards from ATI have been around for a long while there are plenty on the market that come with specialist coolers and lots of fancy little bits and bobs to differentiate them from the rest of the pack.

XFX, Sapphire and HiS to name but three all offer a card that comes with a bespoke cooler that claim to make their model cooler and quieter than the reference design.

It's all well and good because all want cooler to either allow a greater overclocking headroom or less head dumped into your system, and quieter is something we all aspire to. Often though these non-reference designs are compromised by the need to look good and have enough spare room available for the manufacturer branding.

What if you've already got a graphics card though and just want it to be cooler and quieter without having to fork out for an entirely new card?

Enter Arctic Cooling and their Accelero Xtreme range. A lot of third-party vendors use a re-badged Arctic Cooling solution thanks to their multi-award winning performance. Anyone who owned one of the extremely desirable Asus 4870X2 Tri-Fan models had an Accelero Xtreme.

Today we're going to see if their Accelero Xtreme 5870 model can really make a difference to the temperatures of our card and get remotely close to Arctic Coolings low-noise claims.

Technical Data

Far and away the biggest eye-opener in the specifications for the Accelero are Arctic Coolings claims for both the noise and temperature performance of their cooler. We're used to manufacturers making lofty claims, but can this really be almost silent and extremely cool? Those two things rarely make for comfortable bedfellows as the need for silence always means less cooling performance, and vice versa.

Dimensions290 x 104 x 56 mm (L W H)
Fan3 x 92mm
Fan Speed900 to 2000 RPM (PWM)
Fan Noise0.5 Sone @100% compared to 5.2 Sone for ref @ 100%
Air Flow81 CFM @ 2000 RPM
Max Cooling Capacity250 W
Bearing TypeFluid Dynamic Bearing
Cooling Performance36 °C cooler than reference @ 100% fans
Warranty6 Years


Let's get a look at the cooler in detail and go through the installation procedure.

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Most Recent Comments

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

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