Antec Notebook Cooler 200 ReviewPropane - November 25, 2008
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To test the Antec Notebook Cooler 200, I simply placed my laptop on the cooler to test the cooler and used the laptop on my desk as a control. I then let the laptop do nothing but run a temperature monitor to find the temperature of both my CPU and GPU cores. This was repeated on the cooler and on the desk. To get load temperatures, I chose to run World of Warcraft, which has always made my laptop run very hot as it stresses not only the CPU, but the GPU as well. Again, this was repeated on the cooler and the desk.
- Apple MacBook Pro 15" Generation 3
- 2.2Ghz Core 2 Duo
- nVidia GeForce8600M
- 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM SDRAM
- 120Gb SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
- AirPort Extreme 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n
- 8x Slot Loading Super Drive
As the results below show, the cooler did help with temperatures across the board. The first set of graphs shows the idle temperatures of the CPU and GPU. The second set of graphs shows the load temperatures of the CPU and GPU. Again, to load the CPU and GPU, I will use the popular MMO game, World of Warcraft.
In the above graphs, lower values are better and temperatures are reported in degrees Celsius. As you can see the temperatures have fallen when the laptop is placed on the cooler, a good thing for sure. However, there are some features of the cooler that can't be represented by numbers, such as its looks, the noise it creates, and the amount of power it pulls. These factors have produced a good lasting impression on me. The blue LEDs on the fan produce a pleasing glow that isn't overpowering and even on the high fan setting, the noise is at a bearable level. Also, the fan and LED combination pull around 400mA, a small amount that most USB buses will be able to handle.
The one disappointing feature of the Antrec Notebook Cooler 200 is the lack of a USB hub. Since USB ports are limited on many notebooks, having an extra set on the back of a cooler can prove to be very helpful. While not a deal breaker, it still is a little disappointing.