NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler ReviewPropane - February 23, 2008
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To test the NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler, 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
These first results show the idle temperature of both the CPU and GPU when the laptop is on the notebook cooler and when it is on the desk.
In this chart, lower is better. As can be seen, running the laptop on the Cryo LX when it is not in use lowers the temperatures by about 2 degrees Celsius. This is a pretty good drop in temperature for a laptop and every little bit helps.
Again, lower values are better, and again, temperatures are lowered for both the CPU and GPU. Here, the benefit is greater for the GPU but this is probably dependent on how your laptop is designed and the location of each of the components.
The NZXT Cryo LX is not only about lowering temperatures though, it is also about comfort. The inclined keyboard made it more comfortable to type for extended periods of time and just feels better. This can be a matter of preference though and if you are the kind of person who likes flat keyboards, you will probably not like the inclined laptop as much.
As a final note that I noticed while testing, not every laptop will be able to take full advantage of the Cryo LX cooler. This has to do with how much power the cooler pulls. For instance, my MacBook Pro can only pull 500mA of power for my two USB ports, and when I plugged in the cooler for both power and USB hub purposes, I received a warning that too much power was being pulled and that my USB ports would be shut down to protect them. I was able to perform this testing by plugging the cooler into my desktop for power which proved to be able to provide the necessary current. If you do decide to get this cooler, it would be worth making sure that your laptop has at least one powered USB port on it that can run these fans.