Thermaltake Massive23 CS Gaming Notebook Cooler ReviewPropane -
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To test the Thermaltake Massive23 gaming notebook cooler, I simply set it on my desk and then placed my laptop on top of it. You cannot have a good experiment without a control, so for this testing, I am using the laptop sitting on the desk as the control. Then, I let the laptop sit idle while running a temperature monitoring application (iStat Pro) to find the temperature of both my CPU and GPU cores. This was repeated on both the cooler and on the desk. To get load temperatures, I chose to run World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, which stresses the hardware on my laptop quite a bit on both the CPU and GPU, resulting in more heat being produced. Again, this was repeated on the cooler and the desk.
- 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
- Rosewill RN7000W
- Vizo Mini Ninja cooler
- NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler
- Lapworks Attaché Laptop Stand
- Antec Notebook Cooler 200
- Evercool Hermes
- NZXT Cryo S
The results below show that the Thermaltake Massive23 performs well. There are better coolers, but really the temperatures between coolers are so close that there is not much of a noticeable change.
Lower numbers are better.
Another thing worth mentioning is the several unique fan LED modes. By pressing the button on the back of the cooler, you can cycle the fan through six unique modes. One each for blue, green, and red, two that cycle through all the colors, and one that is off. These modes work as promised, and were a nice touch for people that like to show off their spiffy new gadgets at LAN parties.