Modding My Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS

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  1. jaug1337

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    It is beautiful
     
  2. jdb2

    jdb2 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks so much for great and detailed modding guide! :D I've used three different laptop coolers for my Alienware 17 R5, but I wasn't satisfied with any of them. Using your guide for ideas, I plan on modding a Cooler Master Notepal U3 Plus with some 140mmx140mmx25mm Noctua NF-A14 5V fans. Since they're 5V fans which can be run off of USB bus power, I wouldn't need a separate power adapter and I might be able to connect the fans to the laptop cooler's fan speed controls.

    Do you think there is enough room in the laptop cooler for four of these fans?

    Thanks,

    jdb2
     
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    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    Did you end up selling the cooling pad?
     
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    hmoodie Notebook Consultant

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    Did you go through with this?
     
  5. joluke

    joluke Notebook Evangelist

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    I did. I'll post some photos tomorrow and which parts I did buy. Works flawlessly :D

    Enviado do meu SM-N950F através do Tapatalk
     
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    Hi mate, any news on this?
     
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    joluke Notebook Evangelist

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    Ups! Totally forgot about this! Tomorrow i'll post the photos without any delays! I'm really really sorry
     
  8. joluke

    joluke Notebook Evangelist

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    So i gathered the photos which can be seen here:

    https://imgur.com/a/nfaYsp3

    And the parts i bought are these ones:

    Notepal U3 Plus (was bought initially for the purpose of using its 3 fans but the fans stopped working, no idea why):
    https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Maste...ds=notepal+u3&qid=1550544618&s=gateway&sr=8-1

    3 12mm fans from Arctic (F12 model):
    https://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-F12-S...&pf_rd_p=0de5e958-9f37-542f-8377-6c59647ae3fa

    Important here: the PWM fans were these ones, because their speed can be regulated with this acessory, unlike the common cheaper fans which only run with a specific rotation!!!

    PC Computer Fans, Independent Turn Knob Control:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DP9WRZY/

    The power adapter from 230V to 12V:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MGG6SC

    But did purchase a power cable for Europe (i live in Portugal)

    The grills i bought for the fans so that they wouldn't scratch my table or do any sort of extra vibration:
    https://www.amazon.com/okgear-120mm...005VRK5YS/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_lp_tr_img_2?_encodi

    One of the things i did purchase but didnt gave any use were these filters:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ARB5E8U

    But the Notepal U3 being on top of the grills... i ended up taking the filters out, since they are a bit cheap in quality and ended up touching the fans and making lots of noise and random vibrations all over!

    to get it all mounted, the fans from arctic bring loads of screws that fit the holes of the Notepal U3 perfectly, so all you have to do is screw the fans to the notepal u3 base and thats it!

    And for the knob controler, is plug and play to the fans directly... it comes with 4 cables for 4 fans and each fan speed is controled independently from each other!

    Thats it! Enjoy! :)
     
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  9. joluke

    joluke Notebook Evangelist

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    I forgot to add: That power adapter uses this type of power cable to connect to the wall:

    https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matter...ower+cable+pc&qid=1550702584&s=gateway&sr=8-7

    Just re-read what i posted and realized that i missed a little piece :)

    This type of cable is cheap enought to be bought localy, either in Europe or in the US!

    In Europe (Portugal in my case), costs around 3 or 4 euros maximum in a big hardware store
     
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    jorotaruGuy Notebook Enthusiast

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    So I decided to try this out. I went with two NF-A14 5v (https://noctua.at/en/products/fan/nf-a14-5v-pwm)
    along with a NF-FC1 (https://noctua.at/en/na-fc1) fan controller. The 5v version seems to be exactly the same CFM as the 12v, and their power usage seems to be low enough so that they can be powered using a USB port. I was going to go with the NF-A12x15 5v, but they were like $40 each; at 3 fans, that's waaaay too expensive. One of the reasons I used the 5v version was because I was gonna try going from 3/4 pin -> DC -> USB C to power everything, given that USB C can supply more power than USB A, but the power usage on these fans are low enough that I don't have to do all that. I might even attach a USB C hub on the side.

    While my laptop is idle, the fans drops the temps by 5-7 degrees. I haven't tried a heavier load yet but it looks promising. At max, the fans are pretty quiet too.

    Now with that all being said and done, the fans are a little too quiet at max. I was thinking I might be super annoyed by the noise, but that isn't the case; I definitely deal with more noise, so I can also try out higher CFM fans. As far a 5v fans goes, these seem to be the best. I have a 3/4 pin to DC and then a 12v@3A power adapter I can also use. The trade off of course being that I sacrifice an outlet instead of an USB port, but I think it's worth trying at least.

    I'm thinking of getting the NF-A14 industrialppc (https://noctua.at/en/nf-a14-industrialppc-3000-pwm), which I'll run 2 of. But there's also the NF-A12 industrialppc (https://noctua.at/en/nf-f12-industrialppc-3000-pwm) that I can run 3 of. Which would be a better option?
     
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