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Review: Arctic Cooling Accelero Hybrid And AMD HD 290

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by almighty15, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. almighty15

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    This is my first ever mini forum review so please excuse any mistakes on my part.

    The review is simple, we all know about AMD's 290 and 290X GPU's and how hot they run with the stock cooling.

    So the aim was to reduce temperatures and noise, there's an abundance of after market air coolers but very few 'cheap' ways to water cool a GPU.

    There's the old method of using an all in one CPU cooler with a custom bracket, that was at the time the most cost effective method of water cooling on the cheap for your GPU.

    Arctic cooling thought that there might be a market for all in one GPU coolers and released the Accelero Hybrid, it was a good product that offered very good cooling but it had one problem, price!

    It would cost you twice as much to buy an Accelero Hybrid then it would using the all in one CPU cooler method hence why no one bought the Hybrid coolers.

    I made a thread around 4-5 weeks back asking if OCUK would be able to get any Hybrid coolers in on the cheap and low and behold they did!

    I instantly ordered 2 of them and put them on my HD 7950's.

    Then the 290 series relased with really high temperatures and people started asking if

    1. The hybrid would fit the 290 and 290X
    2. Actually be able to handle the heat they dump out

    This is something that I aim to do in this thread as my HIS R290 that has flashed to an R290X arrived today with the intention of me trying one of my Hybrid coolers on.

    Here's what I've been up too since 7pm today..

    The Hybrid does come with it's own set of aluminium heat sinks, they're silver though so I ordered these black ones from OCUK at the cost of £11, you don't have to use but I wanted the heat sinks I used to be black.

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    I'm not going to bore you to death with pictures taking the stock cooler off but here's the card with the screws removed from the stock cooler.

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    In this picture I'm just test fitting the heat sinks, the very bottom heat sink closed to the PCIEX connector was not used as the cooler fouls most of the RAM chip, I used some small RAM sinks that would fit and they seem to be doing ok.

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    I installed the heat sinks with the pump installed on the graphics cards to aid installation, the Hybrid does come with a cardboard guard that shows you where the water block covers but getting it to line up with the screws was a pain and was much easier with the block installed as I could literally see exactly the area's the block would obscure.

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    Starting to glue them on one at a time, use a small pointed object like a tooth pic to apply a small blob to the VRM's, that way you don't go over the top and it makes removal a lot easier.

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    All glued.

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    Water block removed and then allowed to cure for 1 hour.

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    Once cured MX-4 was applied ready to attach the water block to the card, I can confirm that a copper shim IS NOT needed for the 290 or 290X.

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    The pump and shroud fitted onto the card, note that the big VRM on the back of the card is slightly too tall so I had to use a hobby knife just slice a bit plastic off the shroud to get it to clear it. Worked like a charm and now clears it with ease and as I had to trim the side of the shroud that faces the motherboard you can't even see it.

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    Fitted into my PC.

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    Looks good aye?

    And now the results!!!

    Idle with stock heat sink ( Idle on desktop )

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    Idle with Arctic Hybrid ( Idle on desktop )

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    Load with the stock heat sink ( Continuous loop of Heaven on Ultra with 8xAA )

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    Load with the Arctic Hybrid ( Continuous loop of Heaven on Ultra with 8xAA )

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    That's some drop in temperature!!

    Very impressed with the drop on the VRM's too.

    And this is more or less in-audiable too :D
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2013
  2. r7slayer

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    Nice review mate, and looks quite good too!
     
  3. humbug

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    Nice big chunk of metal on the VRM's, thats what we like to see.

    Good temps all round.
     
  4. EdgeDs

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    Good review
     
  5. vUNREALv

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    Great review mate one of the best I've seen of this hybrid cooler, I am now very tempted to stick one on my 290X I still think they are too pricey though, thanks again for your time with the review.
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2013
  6. Puppetmaster

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    Wow just shows how poor the stock coolers are compared to aftermarket options. If I end up buying my 2x 290's next week I look foward to seeing what they can do under custom water :)
     
  7. tommybhoy

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    Very nice, welcome to the beast club mate. :)
     
  8. GoogalyMoogaly

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    So did it change your Heaven scores?
    I thought if you could keep the card cooler the clock speed would increase further until something other than heat (e.g. voltage) became the limiting factor?
     
  9. tommybhoy

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    Nope, with decent cooling, the core is still the limiting factor.
     
  10. Rasch

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    Do you guys think its necesarry to have heatsinks on the ram chips?
     
  11. almighty15

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    Why not? They're included and it only takes 5 minutes to put them on so why not use them?
     
  12. almighty15

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    Oh yes... Glad I ordered the kit tbh....

    OCUK should think about shipped cards with these things pre-installed.
     
  13. Uncle_Gravy

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    That is a massive drop in temps, not the most nicest looking coolers, but hey you're not gonna see it, all about the perf
     
  14. Terminal_Boy

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    Nice job OP!

    Very useful tip regarding trimming the shroud to clear the Alpenfohn VRM heat sinks.
     
  15. Jamous

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    Good work, thanks for taking the time
     
  16. mjenabi2

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    wow that's crazy. does removing the stock cooler void warranty?
     
  17. TheRealDeal

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    Good temps. Just wondering why at idle the fan speed is much higher than when the card is at load.
     
  18. almighty15

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    Because the Arctic Hybrid has a little 80mm fan blowing over the VRM's...
     
  19. vUNREALv

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    Hopefully you can answer this for me almighty, does the hybrid come with enough heatsinks for the 290 cards? I know the accelero extreme iii doesn't I think that one has 12 but I haven't seen anything about the ones that come with the hybrid. Thanks in advance.
     
  20. almighty15

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    No it doesn't come with enough