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ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid 7970 Extreme VGA Cooler - AMD Radeon, Liquid/Air Combo Utimate Cooling

  • Unique air/liquid combo cooling for select Radeon 8000/7000/6000/5000 series
  • Flexible mounting options
  • 24dBA
  • MX-4 thermal compound included
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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The Accelero Hybrid 7970 is an air and liquid combined solution for the world's first 28nm GPUs, especially compatible with AMD 7900/7800 series. It is compatible to a vast range of AMD graphics cards, different from the traditional VGA Liquid Cooling Solutions (LCS). Its quiet operation and superior cooling performance on graphics card are loved by computer enthusiasts or gamers.

  • newegg Unmatched Cooling Performance It features the F12 (a 120 mm PWM fan), a powerful heat exchanger, and the MX-4 thermal compound to transfer heat efficiently away from the GPU – with 200% cooling performance of the stock cooler.
  • newegg Enhanced RAM and VR Cooling It also comes with an Active Cooling Unit and thermal adhesive specifically designed to enhance the cooling of RAM and VR. Its aerodynamic design further maximizes the airflow efficiency on all surrounding components.
  • newegg Virtually-Silent The PWM fans are both controlled by the graphics card and work according to the GPU load which minimizes the noise level. The PWM setting can be modified according to the different performance and noise priorities.
  • newegg Multi-Compatible Unlike existing VGA LCS, this cooler is compatible to a vast range of AMD graphics cards.

Learn more about the ARCTIC COOLING Accelero Hybrid 7970

Model

Brand
ARCTIC COOLING
Model
Accelero Hybrid 7970

Spec

Compatibility
VGA Card Processor
Bearing Type
Fluid Dynamic
RPM
Variable
Noise Level
0.3 Sone
Heatsink Material
Aluminum

Features

Features
First Graphics Card Cooler with Integrated Combo Air & Liquid Cooling Solution

Up to 200% Better Cooling Performance & 9-Times Quieter than Stock Cooler at 24dBA

Compatible with AMD 5000-8000 series Radeon VGA

Dedicated Active Cooling Unit for RAM& VR, Virtually Maintenance Free

4-Way Flexible Mounting Options

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Jonathan O.
  • 11/17/2013 1:05:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed after a year...

Pros: *Seemed to run okay at first

Cons: *Very time consuming to set up and install
*Didn't notice massive temp drops after installation (<5 deg C)
*Over time, the card temperature increased more and more...eventually the card failed and had to replace

Other Thoughts: Good idea, but for such complexity it's probably much more effective just to water cool

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  • Andreas S.
  • 10/21/2013 11:32:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Stock xfx 7970 - 79c to 95c, fans sound like jets
Arctic cooler 40c to 52c, silent baby sleep
Works awesome and great, did everything I wanted( silence/super cooling)

Cons: None for me, the install wasn't as hard, like some people said it would be. The price is a little high but the gratification of no sound and cooling is we worth it.

Other Thoughts: The install probably took me about 1 hour 45 mins, wasn't complicated just took a hour for glue to dry. It's all there I didn't need any of those micro washers but still doesn't seem tough. If your at all handy this is cake. Works great minimal sound, cools like a champ

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  • Matthew D.
  • 6/19/2013 6:26:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFinicky but very effective

Pros: I've had mine for just over a month, installed on a Gigabyte GV-R797TO-3GD Gigahertz edition. I run bfgminer when I'm not gaming, so the 7970 runs pretty much 24x7 at 1250MHz, 100% utilization (approx 720 Mhash/s). I went from a sustained 72C@1150MHz on the stock cooler (3 fan style) to 62C@1250MHz (75F ambient). The fan is perfectly positioned to cool the VRM on my Gigabyte and push the air out the rear of the case, which is significantly superior to the stock cooler arrangement which just circulated the extremely hot exhaust from the VRM. The little cardboard cutout that helps keep the secondary heatsinks from blocking the primary heatsink/pump is really great - without that, I probably would have blown the installation. The fan on the card is dead quiet at 100% (which is fortunate, see Cons) and the fan on the radiator is also virtually silent.

Cons: The installation is a beast, and not for the faint of heart. If you've never installed a custom heatsink before, I do not recommend getting this - it's possible to mess up the installation and ruin your 7970. Also if your card is not a reference implementation, as my Gigabyte was not, be prepared for some customizations by hand. For example, my Gigabyte had a 3-pin fan header instead of a 4-pin, which meant that I had strip a connector from one of the old fans, remove the 4-pin header, and wire the 3-pin so it at least got power to the fan. Unfortunately, doing so means that the fan runs at 100% all the time and cannot be controlled by software. For $150, it'd be nice for ARCTIC to deal with both 3-pin and 4-pin fan controls.

Given the difficulty of the installation, it would be good to include some extra screws, particularly the ones that secure the heatsink/pump to the backplate - they are cheap, small, and easily stripped given how secure they need to be. Also, an extra set or two of the two-sided sticky washers would be very helpful, since they are so hard to use.

It's very easy to fail to properly secure the heatsink/pump unit to the backplate. The spacers are plastic and not very strong, and mine moved around because I was largely unsuccessful in getting the two-sided sticky washers off their backings and applied to the spacers. I was very hesitant initially about applying significant pressure to the backplate screws, which turned out to be a problem; about two weeks after I had installed the cooler, I had to re-install it because the heatsink/pump unit worked itself loose and broke the seal against the GPU die.

I used Arctic Silver on the GPU die, so I don't know how good their thermal paste was.

When I first installed it, the pump made a soft burbling ticking noise like a fish tank aerator pump. After a couple of weeks, that mostly went away, so I presume it was air bubbles inside the closed loop that eventually settled.

I put my radiator in the top rear of my case with the fan pushing out to the rear. This configuration is decent, but if your case is negative pressure, the stock radiator fan is not powerful enough to keep pushing air through at the same rate, which reduces the effectiveness of the cooler. A second ("puller") fan helped with this.

The radiator MUST stay clean. I was running an open case while testing, and some dust eventually built up on the inside of the radiator. This eventually caused the card to heat up to 72C@1250MHz, and bfgminer to throttle back to avoid overheating. Cleaning the radiator restored the card to 62C@1250MHz. Between this and the pusher/puller fan experience, it's clear that the amount of air moving through the radiator is absolutely critical to the effectiveness of the cooler.

Finally, the weight of the heatsink/pump unit causes the card to sag. My Gigabyte had a metal stiffener, which I had initially removed but had to go back on.

Other Thoughts: So not cheap and hard to install, but very effective when properly configured. A little extra help with the install and a few spare parts would go a long way to making the cooler a much better purchase.

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  • Francisco R.
  • 5/27/2013 8:05:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat cooler

Pros: -Keeps My XfX 7970 ghz Super cooled, i love it
-Silent
- does the job as adverstised

Cons: - Really Annoying to install took me hours
- Instructions aren't great. had to look at multiple videos online to help instead
- not all video cards are laid out the same had to guess were to put some Heatsinks
- Video card is a bit to flimsy on this cooler
- Price (when i ordered it it was $200 the price lowered $40 the next day) Really disappointed, happened with other products as well.
- no loss in eggs as performance is great but iffy on flimsiness of finished installation

Other Thoughts: i have two Ghz XfX 7970's on crossfire, when playing Crisis 3 Maxed out. Cooled card is at less than 55C while the none cooled card is at 75-80C

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  • casey l.
  • 5/24/2013 7:20:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLousy Service

Pros: dont know yet...

Cons: do not count on being able to order extra parts for this if needed, went to arctics website to order more screws and they are unavailable....seriously theymust have done what i did and droped one making the rest of it unuseable...

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  • Adam G.
  • 5/21/2013 8:53:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

Pros: Cools extremely effectively.
Whisper quiet

Cons: insanely difficult install. not for the faint of heart
to use their heatsinks you have to permanently glue them to your memory chips on your card. (was NOT a fan of this, did something different, see below)
very very expensive for the same item as the basic version but with a tad more copper.

Other Thoughts: ended up buying an open box of the standard version of this on sale to put on my radeon hd7950. i purchased a swiftech full cover heatsink to cover the rest of the card rather than glue their heatsinks on or use their fan. dremeled out the inside of the heatsink to accommodate the arctic waterpump and had to dremel the water pump bracket down to fit inside it as well. i cut my own copper shim to make contact between the water pump and gpu. it was alot of work but i now have a fantastic liquid cooler on my 7950 and by the time i was done it cost me less than $100! not everyone will go this route as you stand a very good chance of bricking your card if you dont know what you're doing but it CAN be done and works very very well. temperatures in crossfire have literally halved going this route for me while installing only on the primary card.

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  • Christopher B.
  • 5/8/2013 12:09:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDoesn't cool VRM #1

Pros: Cools GPU down to 65 full load (from 80C stock).
Very very quiet even at 100% fan.

Cons: Does not have cooling (airflow) on the #1 VRM, temperatures shot up to 90-100C before I pulled the plug. 7900 cards have VRM #1 near the crossfire port and VRM #2 near the power connectors. The 7970 arctic cooler does not blow air over the #1 VRM at all, even though they tell you to put a heatsink on it.

If you are going to pay $160 for a cooler, it better sure as hell cool the ENTIRE card.

This may be ok for medium gaming, but high VRM temps can heat up other components and wear down the life of the card (although they can handle up to 120C). You cannot overclock with this cooler and keep the card safe.

It is a design flaw in the product, because the previous version (non-7970 arctic hybrid) did not have to take this into consideration. This version of the cooler is pretty much identical to its predecessor. 7900 cards VRMs run a lot hotter also because of the greater electricity requirement, but Accelero did not take this into consideration.

I took an 80mm fan and placed it blowing over VRM #1 position and cooled it by nearly 7C, something they should have considered in the design.

The install can be difficult (although I've done 5 at this point) for the new guy.

Other Thoughts: If you are only concerned about GPU temperatures and not the rest of the PCB, this cooler will keep your GPU @ 60-70C max full load. However, the 7900 cards VRMs heat up a TON and should not be ignored. These can be checked in GPU-Z.

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  • Joshua S.
  • 5/7/2013 10:11:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPerfect Install, High Temps

Pros: It cooled my card, barely.

Cons: Crazy install. I took my time and made sure I did it right. but seriously....some of these components could have come pre-installed. I have a 7950 Sapphire 4L. My card was at 80 C before this cooler at full LTC mining. After reading the reviews I expected to be somewhere in the 60's at least. After the install my temps held at 72 C. Are you serious? $160 later and all you can give me is 8 C. Waist of my time and money.

Other Thoughts: find another cooling solution

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  • Christopher B.
  • 4/30/2013 10:19:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLacks Quality of the $100 version

Pros: At this time, none. Once I receive my RMA and finish the install and run more tests, then I will upgrade my review.

Cons: Illustration of how to install heatsinks on 7970 is deceiving. One picture shows a heatsink being placed on a small black chip next to the GPU, however this placement is impossible with the fan and gpu heatsink in place. Their illustration

My first 7970 unit ever ordered showed up with a failed radiator. GPU temps shot up to 100C and VRM held around 80-90. Waiting for RMA.

Other Thoughts: No company is perfect. The first 3 installs of these coolers on Radeon 6950s went just fine keeping GPU temps around 50-60C and VRM temps under 90C (full blast bitcoin mining).

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  • Guy L.
  • 3/26/2013 8:08:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdisappointing

Pros: It did cool

Cons: the pump made an irritating noise, the cooler offered no support for the card itself letting the card droop sending one of the heat sinks into the fan. the instruction were setup to be compatible with several different cards causing them to be misleading and causing me to watch videos on how to install the cooler for four hours

Other Thoughts: Never again. Already sent the cooler back for a refund a week ago and I've had no progress report since. overall a bad experience and return shipping cost was nearly a quarter of the cards full price

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