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Cooler Master Notepal U Stand Review

Propane    -   August 22, 2011
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Testing:

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.

Testing Setup:

  • 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

 

Comparison Coolers:

 

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.




  1. Introduction
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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