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Hi Guys,

With your help over on the NVIDIA boards I helped my gf set her laptop up so she is using the nvidia GPU (870M) for gaming instead of the onboard INTEL one but now the laptop is running hotter. So since this is a new (less then a year) and relatively unused laptop I would like to do some preventative maintenance on it by getting a cooling pad asap.

Below I'll list the basic set up she runs 99% of the time and what I think might help, trouble is I don't know any good products out there so while I look for some maybe you guys can suggest some others smile.gif


  • Laptop is plugged in 99% of the time, only time it is not is when it is being moved to another location, and then is plugged in again for the duration of use.
  • We don't actually use the laptop's mousepad or keyboard, we have an external one as well as an external monitor. Should of built a desktop but she insisted on having the portability option. So in other words, I don't care how heavy/bulky/awkward the cooling pad is as long as it is effective, looking for maximum performance here.
  • Noise level is very important to her, need to keep it as down as possible. Would be willing to take something with a lower performance if it is considerably better at keeping the noise level down. This makes me want to go for the large diameter single fan designs as they will generally move more air at a lower RPM and thereby noise level.
  • And the last thing is maybe go for something that has a decent amount of static pressure because in such a tight place it can't be easy to actually get the air moving without a potentially bulky fan.


any suggestions, ideas, or links to good products you've seen would be greatly appreciated. thanks again!
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I been enjoying my Cooler Master U3 Plus for a few months now

Adjustable fan speed and can place the fans where deemed best.
    
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I been enjoying my Cooler Master U3 Plus for a few months now

Adjustable fan speed and can place the fans where deemed best.

Ahh I see, yeah I thought that was pretty interesting. At work we have a thermal imaging camera and I was going to try and take a quick picture after hours one day to see if i can visualize the hotspots and fan accordingly.

You think that would work better then just simply having 1 large ~220 ish mm fan on the bottom like this? http://www.zalman.com/eng/product/Product_Read.php?Idx=492

I was kinda leaning towards the one large fan idea because the bigger the fan, the more air it can move at lower RPM which means quieter operation.
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Typically you want to input more air into the ventilation zones but other people have reported some good results with 120mm fans as well

Usually depends on where your vents are

The one you linked doesnt look bad and its adjustable.

iirc the people that didnt like the U3 recommended this one instead, though its much more expensive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834992522
    
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Typically you want to input more air into the ventilation zones but other people have reported some good results with 120mm fans as well

Usually depends on where your vents are

Here's a link to the laptop in question:(Sager NP8278/Clevo P170SM-A)


Here are the pads I am currently considering besides the one you suggested:

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The vents dont look very large, so possibly smaller fans from the U3 might be of more benefit, your call though
    
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The vents dont look very large, so possibly smaller fans from the U3 might be of more benefit, your call though

Hmm, maybe I should go with two smaller fans. I'm really liking the SF-19, which is the bigger and usb 3.0 version of the one you showed me. The biggest thing that is selling me is that it lets me customize my fans and that they don't fit in something stupid that can't push much air (low static pressure) like a x by x by 15mm fan, they have dual 140x140x25s.

Might get a pair of nice 140mm Noctuas and call it a day.
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Yeah man, its nice to have something more modular in that fashion.

I personally didnt like the angle the laptop would sit at, but thats purely subjective.
    
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i have the http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Cooler/Notebook_Cooler_/Massive_Series/C_00001629/Massive23_LX/design.htm and its like the zalman. Keeps my laptop nice and cool. i wouldnt mind getting the more modular ones thought. would do a little better then what i have.
    
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The Cooler Master U3 is a good cooler; especially if you take the time to line the fans up with your specific notebooks air intakes/vents ... I have one and it works really well.

I also have a NZXT Cryo X60, which I modified by dremeling out the aluminum grill work just over the dual 120mm fans; the modified Cryo X60 performs several degrees better than the Cooler Master U3 Plus ... but they both work very well. I use one at work and one at home...

Here's a pic of the modified Cryo X60:



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