CoolerMaster NotePal X2 Notebook Cooling Pad Review

    Laptops equipped with powerful modern processors and video cards are quite hot. In addition, the mobile PC may overheat when you use it on a blanket or other soft surface, because the ventilation openings may be blocked. To avoid such situations, special cooling devices have been invented, which are called cooling pad. Today's review focuses on the cooling device for NotePal X2 laptops manufactured by CoolerMaster .

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    The idea of ​​acquiring a cooling pad came to me after my wife once again said to turn off the “vacuum cleaner” for the night. The vacuum cleaner is a Sony Vaio Z11 MRN laptop(Core 2 Duo 2260 MHz, 4096 MB DDR3 1066 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS, 13.1 inches, 1366x768), whose fan noise is clearly audible even in the afternoon at the other end of the room. Even more, the fan “opened” when I connected the TV via HDMI to watch movies. His roar was comparable to a hurricane :) The hull in the place where the air comes out became very hot.

    The last straw that prompted me to buy a cooling pad was the CPUID HWMonitor utility , in the logs of which I saw the value at 100 ° C of the video card.

    After reading reviews of cooling pads on the Internet, I realized that I was looking for a stand with one large cooler (because this is the quietest option) and preferably a usb hub for 4 ports. With these thoughts, I went to the Mitinsky radio market, putting my laptop in my bag in order to “try on” a stand in place. The assortment on the radio market honestly disappointed me. However, in one place I “snatched” the CoolerMaster NotePal X2 for 1700 rubles.

    Why is CoolerMaster NotePal X2 ?
    1. One big cooler
    2. Stylish design

    ... on the usb hub I had to “score” :) Let me copy you the characteristics of this device.

    Dimensions (mm.): 375x290x42
    Interfaces and ports: USB 2.0
    Maximum laptop size (inch): 17
    Weight (kg.): 0.3
    Cooler size (mm): 140
    Blade rotation frequency (rpm): 1500 ± 10%

    There was nothing supernatural in the box. Stand itself, manual, USB cable.
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    Rear view: 2 usb ports and on / off button.
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    Fan speed controller. I
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    propose to switch to testing. The program CPUID HWMonitor will monitor CPU temperature, the video card and HDD. I am interested to know how much the temperature will drop in two modes of operation (downtime and load).

    Lyrical digression: Sony Vaio Z11 MRN hybrid graphics system. Switch STAMINA \ SPEED allows you to switch between the integrated graphics, the Intel \ discrete NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS. In the stamina mode, Intel temperature is not displayed, so I will only compare the CPU and HDD.

    Testing: STAMINA idle mode (without cooling pad)
    In this test, I just left the laptop for 10 minutes and went to drink tea :) Of the running applications, only uTorrent

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    Testing: SPEED load mode (without cooling pad)
    In this test, I drive a video for 15 minutes 1080p on a TV connected via HDMI

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    Intermediate data on maximum temperatures without a stand:

    in idle mode
    CPU: 53
    HDD: 38
    in load mode
    CPU: 92
    HDD: 38
    GPU: 94

    Now I put the laptop on a stand
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    Testing: STAMINA idle mode (with cooling stand)
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    Testing: SPEED load mode (with cooling stand)
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    Intermediate data on maximum temperatures with stand:

    idle
    CPU: 30
    HDD 32
    in load mode
    CPU: 56
    HDD: 36
    GPU: 70

    Result:
    1) in idle mode, the stand lowered the temperature of the central processor by 23 degrees, the hard drive by 6 degrees
    2) in load mode, the temperature of the central processor fell by 36 degrees, the hard drive by 2 degrees, and the video card by 24 degrees.

    Wash the results are impressive! The noise level of the laptop fan has also decreased (although it’s still loud) :(

    PS I stopped at the CPUID HWMonitor utility because it is frivolous and cast many
    PPS sensors at once. The backlight does not interfere at all, although I thought it would be necessary to uninstall it during the purchase :)

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