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Thermaltake Massive Notebook Coolers (V20, SP, TM) Review

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Thermaltake Massive Notebook Coolers (V20, SP, TM) Testing:

The Thermaltake Massive coolers will be tested underneath a laptop (who would have guessed!?). The load tests will be run for an hour while running a modded Skyrim and streaming the video game screen over Skype. There will be half hour breaks between each load test. The idle tests will be run for half hour intervals, with fifteen minutes between tests. All system hardware will remain constant, and the tests will be done at an ambient temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. *Note #1, the Belkin Cooling Lounge will be angled slightly, as it is intended to be used when the laptop is in your lap. *Note #2, all coolers will be run on max settings. This is because I don't feel like I can quantify the scale of the adjusting mechanism on the SP or the V20. I am unsure if the scale is based on power or RPMs. Therefore, for fairness, everything is set to max fan speed. I ran the TM on Auto once and got the same value leading me to believe that the fans were pushing more cool air than the internal fan could flow through the system.

 

  • Processor: AMD A10-4600M 2.3GHz 
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7660G + 7670M
  • Memory: ADATA 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • Hard Drive: 750GB
  • Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi
  • OS: Windows 8

Comparisons

  • Belkin Cooling Lounge
  • No Cooler

 

 

 

 

Testing

 

 

 

 

 

Results

In the end they all essentially performed at their price points. The V20 performed well under load, both flat and raised, shaving off an impressive ten degrees Celsius in its low profile setup. This was the worst of all of the coolers and it still performed quiet well. The Belkin was very clearly defeated by the enthusiast Thermaltake brand, even at a cheaper price point (V20). The air pressure strength of the V20 was obviously a factor in the performance, but because it was by far the cheapest, I don't really see that as a down side.

The 140mm SP was exceptionally good at shaving off heat and the speaker put out very powerful sound. They weren't the nicest set of speakers I have owned, but they certainly weren't the worst. However, for their size, price addition to the cooler, and convenience (plus the awesome chrome grill), they were absolutely amazing. I have been getting into sound systems for the past year or so and I am definitely cool with listening to these on the road. When compared to the really cheap speakers (~10mm) in my Acer, they are explosive.

Finally, the TM. This thing somehow manages to push tons of air past that way over built aluminum cover. How? I don't know. But what I do know is that it took off almost twenty degrees Celsius from the no cooler test. In multiple configurations no less!. If you have a laptop that can't handle heat, look no further. At 92 °C my Acer is nearly boiling underneath my keyboard and that is quite uncomfortable. With the TM, both my CPU and GPU are way below the thermal shut off of 100 °C (and yes, I know, throttling happens). I was blown away by this result. The GPU load scores all tended to be around ten degrees lower than the CPU in all tests (even the laptop by itself). The idles were all very close to the same. I think it is due to the programmed PWM settings on the internal laptop fan. As the temperature goes down, the fan slows, thus taking less and less air. This leads to a very subtle temp increase that is then alleviated when the fan speeds up again.

Overall the coolers all performed amazingly and I was exorbitantly pleased with the results.




  1. Thermaltake Massive Notebook Coolers (V20, SP, TM) : Introduction
  2. Thermaltake Massive Notebook Coolers (V20, SP, TM) : Closer Look Continued
  3. Thermaltake Massive Notebook Coolers (V20, SP, TM) : Specifications & Features
  4. Thermaltake Massive Notebook Coolers (V20, SP, TM): Testing
  5. Thermaltake Massive Notebook Coolers (V20, SP, TM): Conclusion
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