Arctic Accelero Hybrid 7970 VGA Cooler Review



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All In One liquid CPU coolers are becoming increasingly common in the CPU cooler market, yet we haven’t really seen them arrive in the VGA cooler market to date. Arctic were the first company that I know of to start this trend off. Shortly after Arctic released their first AIO liquid cooled VGA cooler, the same principle was used by ASUS in their ARES II graphics card. The Arctic Accelero Hybrid 7970 VGA Cooler we are looking at today is only intended for a single GPU graphics card. This cooler can best be described as a Corsair H55 for graphics cards as it features an Asetek OEM pump design and a single thickness 120mm radiator with a 120mm fan. In addition it comes with a plastic shroud that has a smaller 80mm frameless fan to cool the VRM area.

Arctic are one of the biggest players in the VGA cooling game as most companies have stopped producing VGA coolers because graphics card vendors are gradually producing better and better in-house VGA coolers that make third party solutions almost extinct. If you have paid attention to the graphics card market recently you will have seen the likes of Inno3D offer this graphics card cooler pre-fitted to some of their products. That said, Arctic seem to be doing well whilst other companies are discontinuing their VGA cooler product lines.

Below you can see the full specifications of this Arctic Accelero Hybrid 7970:

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  • d6bmg

    Cooler looks good! I like the design!

  • d6bmg

    And good review, Ryan!

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      Thank you, I’m not happy with some of the photos but I am glad you enjoyed it.

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      Images fixed, it was all a white balance issue!

  • Razvan

    Doest it work on a an Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X 3GB ? Thank you…I want to know cause no full-waterblocks are available for the card and i want to buy a second Vapor-X and want to cool them with this baby…

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      Yes it should work. The Pump block will make contact with any HD 7970 GPU. It is guaranteed compatibility for reference PCB 7970s but the only place where there is difference between reference and non reference 7970 PCB designs is with VRM and VRAM placement but again this shouldn’t matter because there isn’t much on the Accelero 7970 Hybrid to obstruct these so I would say yes it will work.

      • Razvan

        The strange thing is that I sent an email and they replied that it should work, but a local retailer told me that it doesn’t fit so i don’t know who to believe :(. Don’t want to spend 500 eur on a second card and + 400 eur on two coolers and realise i can’t fit them or have to modify the cooler like cutting or something like that. If u guys have an inside contact that can tell you if it fits 100% tell them i’m there customer :) . Thank you.

        • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

          I will personally stick my neck on the line and tell you that it does fit. The reason why it does fit is because like I said the only variations between reference and non reference PCBs is in VRM and VRAM placement. If you look at a stock 7970 PCB here (http://storage0.dms.go4it.ro/media/2/84/1996/9086264/3/radeon-hd-7970-pcb.jpg) and the Sapphire Vapor X 7970 PCB here (http://www.ixbt.com/video3/images/sapphire-24/sapphire-7970-scan-front.jpg) you will see that the only differences is the addition of a few extra VRM modules and a VRM heatsink. The GPU core itself is located in exactly the same place with exactly the same mounting holes therefore it will fit. The VRM only require passive aluminium heatsinks which will easily fit beneath the shroud. I suggest you contact Arctic’s customer support here (http://www.arctic.ac/en/contact.htm) and ask them about compatibility as they will get back to you swiftly, or you can contact them on their facebook page and ask them there (http://www.facebook.com/ARCTIC.en) but like I said I am pretty sure the answer will be yes.

          • Razvan

            I’m more worried about that stupid S(sapphire) boost button on the top left from the PCB but like i said their customer service said it would fit but you’re answer was wayyyyy better then theirs . I will post on their FB page too and I’ll come back to this thread with answer :). Thank you , Ryan for all the help…

          • d6bmg

            Post in their facebook page again & again Thus it will gain some public attention and they would be forced to give you definitive answer.

          • Razvan

            Hey there ! Look what i got for you :
            Quote:

            Hello.

            I was sugested to ask hero about this :
            http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/589/accelero-hybrid-7970.html

            Does it fit on this :

            http://www.ixbt.com/video3/images/sapphire-24/sapphire-7970-scan-front.jpg ??

            It is a Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X 3GB. Have the reference PCB pic too:

            http://storage0.dms.go4it.ro/media/2/84/1996/9086264/3/radeon-hd-7970-pcb.jpg

            I want to buy 2 of these and i am not sure that it fits without any personal mods to the cooler or the cooler’s case.

            Thank you !

            Answer :

            ARCTIC Thanks for your inquiry, The cooler does fit your graphics card. To check if it fits your PC case you would need to measure the space you have and check the height restriction diagram that is in the support section of the product page. This should clarify if this cooler will fit in your case. If you have any more questions please let me know

            So I think that says it all :)

            Thanks a lot guys for the support but the sad thing is none of my local resellers or retailers have the ARCTIC Hybrid 7970(and they won’t receive an order to bring into the country) they just have the Arctic Hybrid simple and that does not fit the 7970 so I’m kind of screwed cause if I order directly from Arctic it will set me back ~300 USD to ship to me where the Hybrid is simple i can get it from a reseller for like 180 USD :P ….

          • d6bmg

            well, the retailer problem sucks.

    • d6bmg

      Yes, it should work.
      I should also work with HD7950 vapor X, I think.

  • Saz

    I know it uses “thermal adhesive” to mount those passive heatsinks, is that “thermal adhesive” permanent or is it removeable? and how easy to remove it if it is removeable? I am using a custom watercooling right now but I am planning to go to the US Navy in the coming few months and once im out there nobody is gonna use my PC at all and I don’t want the watercooling stuff to just settle in there and by my experience I only left it for 2 weeks w/o turning it on and it got some plastisizer and stuff build up in the waterblock/pump that I had to disassemble the whole thing to clean them inside out.

    planning to get this one or just the Accelero Extreme.

    • Saz

      and what’s the Ambient temp when you guys did the temperature test? it doesn’t say on the “Methodology”.

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      Honestly I don’t think it comes off very easily at all, I wouldn’t recommend trying it. If you are that worried just don’t put any heatsinks on the RAM modules because they don’t really need cooling anyway. And the ambient was 22, i will add that to the methodology, minor slip on my behalf.

  • Sam Nicko

    Good Review as always, and thanks for that sharp image :) The Arctic Accelero Hybrid 7970 it totally TOP NOTCH VGA Card.