Are we any cooler?

I’ve just picked up my Zalman ZM-NC1000 notebook cooler from next door, lets see if it acutally does any good or not.

The laptop CPU usually runs at about 49-51C, so I’ll wait for it to warm up a bit then see how much of a difference it makes.

16:30, we’re up to temperature. Time to sit it on the cooler, but leave it turned off.

16:35, leaving the cooler turned off didn’t make any difference. No surprise there then. Let’s crank the fans up to 11.

16:45, with the fans running at full speed the CPU is now sitting comfortably at around 43C. Although you can now hear fans running all the time, it’s a lot quieter overall than when the built-in fan used to cut in at 50C every minute or so.

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8 Responses to Are we any cooler?

  1. Simon says:

    Didn’t realise it was something you sat the laptop on. Was wondering how you were going to fit a different cooler inside the laptop :)

  2. rich says:

    It’s a wedge shaped lump of metal with loads of holes in the top, and two quiet fans underneath.

  3. Simon says:

    Yeah, I googled it :)

    I have no idea what temp my cpu runs at but it’s comfortable on my lap all day.

  4. Tim says:

    “I have no idea what temp my cpu runs at but it’s comfortable on my lap all day”

    bet your knackers don’t think so :-)

  5. Steve says:

    Is this a viable male contraceptive I wonder?

  6. matt says:

    my laptop is currently propped up by 2 pens and the fan is running at 3442 rpm at 48degrees.

    how much of a wedge is the cooler ?
    I don’t really want the front of mine much higher up.

  7. rich says:

    Without actually measuring, I’d guestimate at a bit under 1cm at the front, and about 4cm at the back.