Thermaltake Massive23 CS Gaming Notebook Cooler Review

Propane - 2009-07-23 18:29:56 in Cooling
Category: Cooling
Reviewed by: Propane   
Reviewed on: August 10, 2009
Thermaltake
Price: $39.99

Introduction:

Processor manufacturers nowadays are working on making cooler and more efficient processors, especially for mobile applications. However, processors still generate a lot of heat, and in the cramped confines of a laptop chassis, this heat can really build up. This is why companies like Thermaltake make mobile cooling solutions, such as the Massive23 CS Notebook Cooler. This cooler is designed to raise the laptop at an angle to allow air to circulate around the chassis, as well as make the laptop's keyboard more ergonomically attractive. The fact that Thermaltake is marketing this as a "Gaming" Notebook Cooler makes me hope that it will be able to provide me with significant cooling, as well as sleek looks.

 

Closer Look:

The box that the Massive23 comes in is pretty standard. The front sports a picture of the cooler itself, as well as some of the different fan color options. It is somewhat minimalist in that there is not much text, which I find nice, as it really draws my attention to the picture of the product itself. The flip side, however, has quite a bit of information packed into it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening the box up reveals the cooler set in two foam ends for protection during shipping. It is also covered in a light plastic wrap, presumably to keep it from scratches. Underneath the cooler is the manual and power cable used to provide power to the fan.

 

Closer Look:

The Massive23 itself is matte black in color and has a mesh top. Through this mesh, an oversized 23cm fan is clearly visible. There is also a less obvious surface along the bottom that has a "stick" to it, presumably to keep the laptop from sliding off the cooler as easily. Also, the only logo visible from the front, a Thermaltake logo, can be seen on the lower right of the cooler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rear of the cooler sports another Thermaltake logo as well as several device controls. The controls include a power LED, a power port, and a Fan LED control button that allows the fan to cycle between its different color modes. The button is a simple push toggle and I thought it would feel cheap when used, but thanks to Thermaltake, the button actually feels pretty sturdy!

 

 

The side view of the Massive23 makes the incline of the product very visible. This incline helps airflow as well as the ergonomics of the keyboard. The incline of the Massive23 is very similar to other coolers, so no complaints there. On the bottom of the cooler, there really isn't much excitement, except that the fan is right there in plain view. The entire cooler looks well built, as can be seen in the bottom shot.

 

 

Another cool feature of the Massive23 CS is its ability to change fan colors on the fly. There are three solid-color modes (all shown below), two multi-color modes (one shown below), and an option to have there be no lights on the fan at all.

 

 

Specifications:

Dimension

360(L) x 319(W) x 52(H) mm

Heatsink Material

Aluminum

Fan Dimension

Ø 200x20 mm

Rated Voltage

5 V

Stated Voltage

3.5 V

Rated Current

0.22 A

Fan Speed

600±200 R.P.M.

Max Air Flow

57 CFM

Max Air Pressure

0.37 mm H2O

Noise

17 dBA

Accessory

USB to DC Cable

Weight

1.61 Kg

 

 

Features:

 

Testing:

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.

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Coolers:

 

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.

Conclusion:

Overall, the Thermaltake Massive23 CS did a great job at cooling a notebook and did it with some flare. The addition of being able to select different fan colors on the fly really makes this cooler stand out from the pack and gives it some appeal to those in the gaming crowd, as the product title might suggest. The simple controls and classy design of the cooler itself provide a nice contrast to the bling of the fan. An additional bonus you get while using the Massive23 CS is the better ergonomic positioning of the keyboard. The added tilt helps keep your hands in a better position, allowing for a more comfortable computing experience. Finally, while most laptop owners won't have this issue, MacBook Pro owners will know that the USB ports on the Mac itself only supply 500mA of power. Luckily, this fan draws less current than that, allowing it to be run off of a Mac's onboard USB. While other coolers might offer similar or better cooling ability, there is no doubt that if you want to look cool wherever you go, this is the cooler for you.

 

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