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Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus Cooling Pad Review

Wesstron    -   May 29, 2013
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Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus Cooling Pad Testing Setup:

I always had a feeling that full blown laptops with more vents would benefit better from a cooling solution than an Ultrabook made with low power consumption and low heat generation as a priority. But since the Ultrabooks are all the rage nowadays, I will test the Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus using the AVATAR Mercury Ultrabook AVIU-145A2 that I reviewed a few weeks back and which seems to be a perfect fit for the cooler pad size wise. I used Prime95 on it's default settings as a stress test to enduce heat generation on the testing system. The testing will envolve monitoring the temperatures of the Chipset and CPU on Idle and under load. Three scenarios will be tested: cooler pad with fans, cooler pad without fans, and test system straight on the desk. All tests were conducted on a controlled temperature environment of 23 °C.

 

Testing system:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz
  • Chipset: Intel HM77
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3, 1333MHz
  • HDD: WD 500GB, 5400 RPM
  • SSD: 32GB SSD
  • OS: Windows 8 SL 64bit
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 6000 mAh

Testing settings:

  • Ultrabook set on the Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus with two fans installed
  • Ultrabook set on the Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus without fans
  • Ultrabook on the the desk
  • Idle and Load temps for processor and chipset
  • Load achieved using Prime95 stress test
  • Ultrabook plugged to charger with Performance Mode enabled
  • Temperatures in °C / Lower is better
  • Ambient temp of 23 °C

 

 

Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus with two fans installed:

 

 

Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus without fans:

 

 

Ultrabook on the desk without cooler pad:

 

 

 

It seems like my guess was close enough. On idle the temperatures are very close. The Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus brings the heat down a few degrees but nothing spectacular as far as the testing system is concerned. The reason seems to be the absence of side intakes and the location of the exhaust vent all the way at the back of the Ultrabook. However the cool air blowing from the bottom helped keep the system cool to the touch, which will help with the longevity of the internal coponent on the long run.




  1. Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus Cooling Pad Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus Cooling Pad Closer Look: The Notepal U2 Plus
  3. Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus Cooling Pad Specifications & Features
  4. Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus Cooling Pad Testing & Results
  5. Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus Cooling Pad Conclusion
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