Arctic S1 PLUS Turbo Module
Like its predecessor, the Arctic Accelero S1 PLUS can be enhanced by means of a Turbo Module. The latter is shipped in a transparent blister wrap, too.
Included into the pack are a syringe of thermal grease, six silicone holders, an adapter cable, and an installation guide.
The Turbo Module is in fact an ordinary 120x120x25mm fan. It seems to be the Arctic F12 model (selling for $5.95) with a black frame and a white 11-blade impeller.
The adapter lets you power the fan from a 12V or a 7V source, producing a speed of 1000 RPM or 620 RPM, respectively. As you can see, Arctic sticks to its noiseless computing philosophy because the specified noise level is no higher than 0.25 sones.
The fan runs on a fluid dynamic bearing whose service life is not written in the specs.
Well, we can guess it by the 6-year warranty provided by Arctic for this and other products. The peak power consumption of the fan is 1.5 watts. The recommended price of the Accelero S1 PLUS Turbo Module is $11.9.
Technical Specifications and Installation
The specifications of both Arctic products discussed today are summed up in the following tables:
According to its specs, the Arctic Accelero S1 PLUS is compatible with a huge number of graphics cards. It’s easier to name those it is not compatible with: all Nvidia-based cards that have a GPU with a heat-spreader and AMD's Tahiti-based products. Moreover, Arctic recommends using the Accelero S1 PLUS only with the Turbo Module on AMD's Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 and some other graphics cards with comparable heat dissipation.
Arctic provides two detailed design drawings so that you could make sure that the heatsink is compatible with your graphics card.
You only have to take your graphics card’s cooler off and use the drawings to see if the Accelero S1 PLUS is an exact match.
The following chart and table will help you identify the mounting holes you need to use.
So, people at Artic have done everything possible for the customer to be able to quickly identify if his graphics card is compatible with the Accelero S1 PLUS.
The installation procedure is extremely simple. First you glue four plastic bushings to the mounting holes.
Then the graphics card is laid down on the heatsink and fastened from the reverse side with four screws with spacers:
That’s all. Easy and simple. You may have a problem detaching the graphics card’s power cable(s) afterwards but Arctic warns about it in the user manual and suggests using an appropriate screwdriver for that.
The Turbo Module, being a 120mm fan on silicone holders, is installed by inserting the holders into the heatsink fins.
It’s easier to do that before you install the heatsink on the graphics card. With the Turbo Module attached, the Accelero S1 PLUS is going to block two PCI Express slots adjacent to the graphics card. Here are links to the installation instructions for the Accelero S1 PLUS and the S1 PLUS Turbo Module.
Now let’s check out how efficient and quiet the Accelero S1 PLUS is with and without the Turbo Module.