Cooler Master Notepal U Stand ReviewPropane - August 22, 2011
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I tested the Cooler Master NotePal U Stand the same way as all the other coolers that I have tested, which are listed below. While the U Stand has movable fans, I placed them in the middle of the cooler since there isn't a lot of room to move them around anyways. I also set the cooler on it's first elevation level, since that is similar to how it would have to be used with a MacBook Pro in normal use. I then let my laptop run in an idle state, running a temperature monitoring application (iStat Pro). This allowed me to get both my CPU and GPU temperatures. I then repeated the test with the cooler and with the laptop straight on my desk. To get load temperatures, I chose to run Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword, which stresses the hardware of my Macbook Pro, causing them to generate heat. Again, this was repeated on the cooler and on the desk. While the results I got are specific to this laptop, similar results should be found with most other laptops.
- Apple MacBook Pro 15" Generation 3
- 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo
- nVidia GeForce 8600M
- 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
- LaTosta Laptop Stand
- NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler
- Lapworks Attaché Laptop Stand
- Antec Notebook Cooler 200
- Evercool Hermes
- NZXT Cryo S
- Thermaltake Massive23
- Xclio One
- Evercool Fit
- Xclio Hovercraft
- Evercool Hawk 1
- Evercool Zodiaz II
- Cooler Master Notepal U3
The graphs below show that the U Stand held its own against the majority of other coolers. I believe this has partly to do with the fact that it's elevated, which allows for greater air flow.
Lower numbers are better.
While the U Stand didn't preform as well as some of the other offerings, it still had a somewhat significant effect on temperatures.