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Hello M14x owners! This is a simple mod that will give your M14x better air flow. You will only need the following...

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3983260
(They look small, but trust me, they're not!)

Basically... There are 3 tilts with these laptop feet. Flat (~1cm), 1st tab (~2cm), 2nd tab (~3cm). You can only use flat unless you buy a 2nd pack because it will tilt the computer too far with the 2nd/3rd tab.

I only bought 1 pack, but I'm going back to buy another because I want to give the laptop as much airflow as I can. I have the feet on the back of the M14x in between the name plate and the two vents. 1 on each side.

It gives the laptop a nice tilt, and it allows for great air flow! Cheap, easy, effective.

WARNING: The feet are very sticky, once they're on... You can't move them around.

(You can always remove them later on if you don't like them. Goo Gone works great to clean the surface too.)
Edited by CpHaAiOnS - 10/7/11 at 2:35pm
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I did this with another laptop of mine. I just had rubber feet glued to the bottom rear, to allow more airflow underneath.

This was a long while ago and I don't have the laptop anymore, but do you have a change in temperatures from before and after the mod? I'm sure some people would like to know! thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by rockosmodlife;15216281 
I did this with another laptop of mine. I just had rubber feet glued to the bottom rear, to allow more airflow underneath.

This was a long while ago and I don't have the laptop anymore, but do you have a change in temperatures from before and after the mod? I'm sure some people would like to know! thumb.gif

I didn't record temps before frown.gif

I just know my fans use to kick on all the time, and now they don't, lol.

Edit: Well... I do know my cpu temp hit 75-76 (No oc) high's before... and my gpu hit 73-74 (overclocked, look in my details).

I'll play some crysis and see what it's at now.
Edited by CpHaAiOnS - 10/7/11 at 1:49pm
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Temp High Before: cpu-76 gpu-74

Temp High After: cpu-74 gpu-66

CPU: No overclock
GPU: OC'D @745/1490/1080 (Stock is 590/1180/900)

Temps monitored by Core Temp for cpu and MSI Afterburner for gpu.

Both temps were recorded while playing crysis for about 30 min in some intense fire fights.
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I'd say for 2 bucks... These are def worth buying! You can't always lug around a cooling pad, plus it gives the keyboard a nice tilt smile.gif
Edited by CpHaAiOnS - 10/7/11 at 2:37pm
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Nice option when a cooling pad isnt an option
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Is it bad that I used to split this in half and use it for the same thing on my old gaming laptop? I used one half on each back end of the laptop xD
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ironman517;15217044 
Is it bad that I used to split this in half and use it for the same thing on my old gaming laptop? I used one half on each back end of the laptop xD

I generally just stick something under the back end to raise it up too, but this is a little cleaner. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by rockosmodlife;15217083 
I generally just stick something under the back end to raise it up too, but this is a little cleaner. smile.gif

but not as colorful tongue.gif
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My grandfather places a few of those wooden paint mixer sticks you get when you buy a can of paint under each side of his Macbook and it seems to yield nice results. I always thought he was a little funny for doing it though. Well, then again he still has the piece of the thin styrofoam paper that came with the laptop to protect the keyboard. And he uses it. The laptop is 5 years old.
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