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Cooler Master NotePal U3 Review



I tested the Cooler Master NotePal U3 in the same manner as all the other coolers I have tested (listed below). While the U3 does have movable fans, I decided to place them in the back of the cooler, because my MacBook Pro has vents in the hinge of the screen. I believe that the fan placement I used will provide the best cooling for my MacBook, and a different configuration might cool other laptops better. I used it in conjunction with my MacBook Pro while I let the 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, generating heat. Again, this was repeated on the cooler and on the desk. The results from this testing will be specific to a MacBook Pro, but other laptops should provide similar results.

Testing Setup:

  • Apple MacBook Pro 15" Generation 3
  • 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo
  • nVidia GeForce 8600M
  • 120GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n
  • 8x Slot Loading Super Drive


Comparison Coolers:


The MacBook below show that the NotePal U3 does a good job at cooling down my MacBook Pro. The combination of the angle off the desk, as well as the three fans, really helps take heat away.



Lower numbers are better.

The NotePal U3 did a good job of cooling down my MacBook.

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