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The Swiss ARCTIC Company continues to expand their Accelero graphics card cooler family. We completed our review of Accelero Xtreme PLUS II not that long ago, received the new Accelero Xtreme 7970, and the company was already launching their new Accelero Xtreme III and Accelero Hybrid. I am sure this remarkable launching tempo has a fairly simple explanation: Arctic is undoubtedly the best VGA cooler manufacturers these days, and these products should definitely contribute the most to the company’s revenues. Moreover, even the first Accelero Xtreme products turned out so good that there have barely been any serious modifications in their design since 2009, when the first Accelero Xtreme GTX 280 came out. Three years later Arctic is still just updating the retention mechanisms making sure that the cooler is compatible with the new graphics accelerators, as well as slightly changing the accessories bundle. The new Accelero Xtreme 7970, which we are going to discuss today, is also no exception.

Packaging and Accessories

The new Arctic cooler comes in a traditional clear plastic blister with cardboard inserts, which promise 34°C lower GPU temperatures and 9x lower level of noise compared with the reference AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card cooler:



I have to admit all this sounds more than optimistic. But we are going to find out very soon whether it is indeed the case.

Despite the compact size of the cooler packaging, it also contains a lot of aluminum heatsinks for the video memory chips, two-step thermal glue kit, PATA-adapter, retention kit, meshed bracket for the back case panel, a backplate with soft padding and an ARCTIC logo sticker:

Arctic Accelero Xtreme 7970 is manufactures in China. It comes with 6-year warranty. The MSRP is pretty high, as usual, and is set at $97.95.

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