Arctic Cooling Accelero S2 VGA Cooler + Turbo Module

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Jan 16, 2008 by Lawrence Lee

Arctic Cooling Accelero S2
VGA Cooler
Arctic Cooling Turbo Module
Dual 80x15mm fans
Arctic Cooling
Market Price
US$20 & $8

The recently reviewed Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 left us with a very positive impression — finally there is a dual-slot, passive heatsink that could handle the majority of modern video cards with ease. Its little brother, the Accelero S2, is a slightly smaller version with only two heatpipes. It is designed with less demanding GPUs in mind. Along with the S2, we'll be taking a look at Arctic Cooling's Turbo Module, an add-on for the S1/S2 comprised of two frameless 80mm fans.

Judging from our S1 testing, any amount of direct airflow blowing between the fins will improve performance dramatically. If this holds true, the Turbo Module should do fairly well complimenting the S2's cooling performance, so then ultimately, the amount of noise it produces will determine whether or not it gets our final recommendation.


The Accelero S2 box.

Accelero S2: Main Features (from the product web page)
Features & Brief
Our Comment
Noiseless Cooling
Passively cooled of course, it will be completely silent.
Dual Heat Pipes
Half that of the S1.
Memory Cooling
8 ramsinks included. Hopefully the adhesive will hold this time around.
High Reliability Difficult to verify.
Low Weight 30% lighter than the S1.
6 Years Warranty Six is such an odd number — must be a European thing.

Accelero S2: Technical Data (from the product web page)
Heatsink Dimensions 140(L) x 188(W) x 32(H) mm
Heat Pipe Dimensions 6 mm x 2
Weight 202 grams
Accessories 8 Memory Heat Sinks
Compatibility ATI: HD 2400 series, X1650, X1600, X1550, X1300, X1050 series, X850, X800, X700, X600, X550, X300 series, 9XXX series

nVIDIA: GeForce 8500, 8400 series, GeForce 7600, 7300, 6600 series, FX 5950, 5900, 5700 (Ultra) series, FX 5600, 5500, 5200 series, GeForce 4 Ti, MX series


The Turbo Module box.

Turbo Module: Main Features (from the product web page)
Features & Brief
Our Comment
Dual High Performance Fans
One larger fan would have been more efficient.
Enhance Cooling Performance Not a hard claim to make. The S1 did not need very much airflow to achieve stellar performance.
Extremely Quiet
We shall see.
High Reliability
Difficult to verify.
Easy Installation
No screws or tools requried.
Low Weight
Mostly because the fans do not have frames.
Long Lifetime Difficult to verify.
6 Years Warranty Seems like overkill in the case of the Turbo Module. It's probably not worth sending back to the manufacturer.

Turbo Module: Technical Data (from the product web page)
Fan: 80 x 80 x 15 mm (each)
Fan Speed: 1500 RPM
Air Flow: 42 CFM
Bearing: Sleeve Bearing
Plug: 3 pin plug (with power plug convertor)
Weight: 35 g (each)
Warranty: 6 Years

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