Compatibility and Installation
The long list of graphics cards compatible with the Arctic Accelero Hybrid can be viewed above. Besides that, you can check out the dimensions of the GPU water-block and plastic casing. There are two detailed design drawings at the Arctic website that show the position of the water-block’s mounting holes and other such parameters.
Hopefully, this information is sufficient to make sure that a particular graphics card is compatible with the Arctic Accelero Hybrid.
First of all, you take off the graphics card’s default cooler and scrape the remains of the thermal grease off the GPU.
Prior to installing the water-block, you must mount the included aluminum heatsinks onto the graphics card’s power components and memory chips, fastening them with thermal glue. In our particular case, the graphics card already comes with a decent heatsink on the power components. As for the memory chips, we just left them as they were. So, we proceeded straight to placing the water-block in the plastic casing with fan:
The water-block can be installed in one position only as defined by the shape of the casing. The pipes are fixed with two large-head screws. The pump gets covered by the casing, which should reduce its noise.
Next you install the casing with water-block on your graphics card and secure it with screws using a back-plate with insulating pads. The procedure is simple but requires some skill.
The cooler holds tight. You should take care not to fasten it too much lest you should crack the GPU die. In our case, the thermal grease imprint was perfect:
Finally, you plug the graphics card into your mainboard and place the radiator in one of the four possible positions suggested by Arctic:
There are in fact two positions but they differ in the direction of air flows. Only one position was possible with our Antec Twelve Hundred system case: with the radiator and fan on the back panel of the chassis, exhausting the hot air. Unfortunately, the pipes of the liquid cooling system turned out to be too short, by about 2.5 or 3 centimeters, to let us do that. That’s why we had to just take off the side panel of our computer case and put the radiator with fan next to it on a piece of foam rubber.
Yes, that’s not optimal in terms of testing and using the Accelero Hybrid, but that’s the best we could do with our computer case and PC configuration. Hopefully, people at Arctic will notice this problem and equip the next revision of their cooler with longer pipes.
That’s all about the installation process. We only have to connect the power and monitoring cables and proceed to our tests.