Thermaltake Massive23 LX Notebook Cooler
Author: Jakob Barnard
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-24-2010
Provided by: Thermaltake
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Testing

I will be using a Dell Latitude D630 running Windows XP with a Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM and an 80GB 5400rpm hard drive. For testing I used CPU Burn-in and SpeedFan, both freeware benchmarking apps. I used 15 minute intervals for temperature testing as this has proved more than sufficient to max out temperatures on the D630.


As you can see from the above pictures, the blue LED glow is actually pretty subtle. It was more noticeable at night with the room lights off. With a 15 laptop the handles worked well to move the cooler and laptop from place to place along with being perfectly comfortable on the lap.


For starters I wanted some basic temperatures for a baseline. Using SpeedFan I pulled the hard drive and core temperatures for the D630. I noted upper 30s for the hard drive and low 50s for the CPU.


In the second screenshot we have 15 minutes without the CPU being maxed out and the fan. The core temperatures are up slightly in line with an average load, but I also note a drop in the hard drive temperature.


The third screenshot shows full CPU load and the fan on. I note a slight uptick in hard drive temperature and a large uptick in CPU temperature.


In the final screenshot I simply turned off the fan and let it run for 15 more minutes. I note an increase in temperatures across the board. Now part of the reason I did not notice a larger drop in CPU temperatures with the fan is due to how the vents are on the D630. There is no bottom vent, only side vents for the air to expel with. However, the hard drive sits on a plate that heats up pretty good under load. So keeping that cool helps reduce overall machine temperatures. Blowing cool air around the laptop did help draw air out and cool it down slightly. Also, the machine returned to cooler temperatures much more quickly.


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