Best Notebook Coolers for 18" Alienware Laptops

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Mr. Fox, Jul 8, 2011.

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  1. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Undefiled BGA-Hating Elitist

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    Cooling is a common discussion topic for gaming and benchmark enthusiasts, and owners of the M18x are no exception. Alienware systems have a reputation for having outstanding cooling systems, but even the best needs a little help when systems are pushed beyond their normal operating conditions.

    If you are looking to buy a cooler, offer advice on what your favorite cooler is, or looking to build your own custom cooler, this is the right thread for discussion.

    Feel free to post photos showing your setup... the more the better. Remember forum rules and keep images 500x500 pixels or less, use thumbnails or spoilers.
     
  2. Burningjs

    Burningjs Notebook Enthusiast

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    Im thinking of making a custom cooler for the m18x that will be arriving in about 10 days. But want to know how the bottom vents of the m18x work. Do all bottom vents push air into the components or are there vents that push air out as well under.
     
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    3NZ0 Notebook Evangelist

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    All the vents on the underside have fans that suck air in and blow it out the back except for the vent on the left, nearest the power jack and its corresponding section under the notebook. There is no fan there, just a vent & some mesh to keep a rough design symmetry across the rear and underside.
     
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    There are 3 fans. All 3 suck in from the bottom and blow out at the back.

    All Alienware laptops has the air intake at the bottom and exhaust at the back.

    The optimum home made cooler would be 3x 80mm high airflow fans blowing air into the vents that have fans. Its also good to include dustfilters.
     
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    Burningjs Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thx, appreciate the info. Regarding the 4th vent that doesn't have a fan, should I place one in there as well? Or would it be no benefit?
     
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    There's no heatsink there so it'll be pointless IMO ;)
     
  7. steviejones133

    steviejones133 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Might be worth upping the size of the fans to 120mm.......
     
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    A 4th fan would help cool the motherboard as that's basically what it vents even though it isn't fan assisted.
     
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    You could also manufacture it out of aluminium....good to keep the base cool.
     
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    120mm fans are usually slower than 80mm fans. A fast 80mm fan will push more air into the vents than a fast (but still slower) 120mm fan. A lot of the air the 120mm fan push will hit the area around the vent holes witthout entering the vent.
     
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