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Absolute BEST Laptop Cooler??

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Shakenbake158, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Shakenbake158

    Shakenbake158 Notebook Consultant

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  2. cenix

    cenix Notebook Consultant

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    yes, the link you posted is the cryo lx. i have that exact same one and it's decent but it still needs some improvements. i think it looks the best and the materials (all aluminum) is pretty nice. i don't think you can go wrong between the coolermaster sf-19 and the nzxt cryo lx especially if they fall into your budget.

    to answer your real question, i don't think there's an absolute best cooler out there yet.
     
  3. Shakenbake158

    Shakenbake158 Notebook Consultant

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    I like how the SF-19 is powered by an AC adapter though, I dont like the idea of the Cryo constantly pulling power from my USB ports to power 3 120mm fans, can you use an AC adapter for the CRYO LX, instead of the USB power?

    Thanks,
     
  4. cenix

    cenix Notebook Consultant

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    yes, the cryo lx comes with an ac adapter. that's what i use because if i run it off usb, the fans slow down noticeably.
     
  5. katalin_2003

    katalin_2003 NBR Spectre Super Moderator

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    The advantage of the Cryo is that it can run off of USB OR external PSU (the size of a phone charger). It also has 5 USB ports on the back (4 if you power it off of USB).

    I have it for my M17xs, replaced the fans with Scythe GT and it does a great job, the stock fans are also good but had those for a good deal.

    Why don't you replace the fans on your Targus if it did a good job?
     
  6. hockeymass

    hockeymass that one guy

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    The Cryo is nice, but it is a beast.
     
  7. cenix

    cenix Notebook Consultant

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    how hard was it to replace the fans and how much of a difference in air flow and/or noise did you notice? i heard a lot of people who upgraded the fans say that the stock power source is weak as it is that there was hardly any difference.
     
  8. Sweet_Ivy

    Sweet_Ivy Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well I was thinking of getting a LX myself and found this topic about swapping the fans on the LX. (look are 3rd post on that page about how to install new fans)

    But I decide to go with Cooler Master NotePal U3 just for the fact I could move the fans around.
     
  9. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    There really is no best universal cooler. You have to look at where your computer heatsink/fan is and look at the design of the bottom of your case. IMO you can build a functionally better cooler than most of those mentioned for only a few dollars by propping up your notebook and strategically placing fans. Not a visually appealing solution, but I'm sure if you had a few dollars more, you could find some creative solutions. I remember a few pics with people taking aluminum file holders (the horizontal ones) and cutting it to hold the fan and power supply.
     
  10. hockeymass

    hockeymass that one guy

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    The CoolerMaster Notepal series lets you place the fans.
     
  11. di1in

    di1in Notebook Consultant

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    I dont like the usb fan thingamajigs so I went ahead and tested out a Heatshift thermapak for cooling the macbook pro. And i honestly say that I'm amused with the cooling that it offers. For instance today I was browsing youtube and got temps of 61-63C. I placed the mac on the thermapak and now I'm on 50-53C. I'm not exaggerating even a bit here.
     
  12. lazard

    lazard Notebook Deity

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    The Notepal U3 is nice, but the fans are weak.
     
  13. Hello_Moto

    Hello_Moto Notebook Evangelist

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    I use a Cryo LX myself. Swapped out the stock fans with 3x Scythe S-flex fans (overcomes the problem of the wear & tear issue on fan bearings due to horizontal positioning) and over-volted the fans to run at 12v on AC.

    If overvolting the fans, you wont be able to use the USB ports as anything connected to them will fry.
     
  14. cenix

    cenix Notebook Consultant

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    ^ did you have to buy a new ac adapter? if i'm not mistaken the stock one that comes with the cryo lx is a 5v, right? if so, do you mind sharing where you sourced it? somewhere like radio shack or something?

    also, if i just changed up the ac adapter, would that allow more power to run to the stock fans and move more air?
     
  15. Hello_Moto

    Hello_Moto Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm based in the UK so i cant really advise which US electronics retailer would be suitable for you but in response to your question, yes i did go out and buy a new adapter.

    having said that, supplying more power to the stock fans will increase their airflow. I think they're rated to run upto 9v or 12v anyways (IIRC when i changed them to the S-flexes)

    EDIT: there's some additional info from one of my eariler posts in this thread:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/acc...nzxt-cryo-lx-laptop-cooler-3.html#post5253604
     
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    cenix Notebook Consultant

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    great, sorry for my ignorance in assuming everyone is from the united states. :eek:

    thank you for the response and the link. it helped out!
     
  17. Mr_Mysterious

    Mr_Mysterious Like...duuuuuude

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    I use the SF-19 3.0, and it does the job perfectly fine. I know for a fact the fans are replaceable.

    Mr. Mysterious
     

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