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Looking into Cooling Pads
Aug 1 2013, 10:04 pm
By: Dem0n  

Aug 1 2013, 10:04 pm Dem0n Post #1

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I have a Sony Vaio VPCF23EFX laptop, and the fan always randomly starts going batshit no matter what I'm doing. It starts going crazy when I play games, watch videos, and sometimes when I'm just surfing the web. It's not so bad that it causes my laptop to shut down due to overheating, but it's incredibly annoying and leads to people not being able to hear me over Skype due to the fan noise drowning out my voice. When my laptop is idling, the graphics card (Geforce GT 540M) runs at about 45 degrees C, but when I play games, I think it'll go above 80 degrees C or so. I've been looking at some cheap cooling pads, but I don't know if any of them will actually do anything for me.

The two cooling pads that I've been looking at are the Cooler Master Notepal X2 and the ThermalTake Massive23 LX. For the Cooler Master, I've read some reviews that say it's great, and I read one in particular that said that the ThermalTake had been used on a Vaio with an i7 and dropped its temperatures considerably. A lot of the reviews for the ThermalTake say that it's great, but then some say that the fan really isn't all that powerful and that it doesn't make much of a difference.

I'm looking for a cooling pad that's no more than $30, so if you guys know of a decent one, lemme know. Thanks.




Aug 1 2013, 10:28 pm Fire_Kame Post #2

wth is starcraft

That might be a matter with your fan settings instead of it actually overheating. Roy had an idea for a good program that will help you set those settings. I lost the PM that was in though.




Aug 1 2013, 11:03 pm Roy Post #3

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Quote from Fire_Kame
That might be a matter with your fan settings instead of it actually overheating. Roy had an idea for a good program that will help you set those settings. I lost the PM that was in though.
That program was called TPFanControl, but it was specifically designed for ThinkPad laptops (hence the name).

Though Kame brings up a good point: it could just be that your fan control software is terrible, and fixing that is a $0 solution. I would recommend SpeedFan; I use it on my desktop to keep my fans running whisper-quiet when they don't need to be pushing much air, but it's highly configurable to adjust fan speeds based on temperature thresholds. I'd give that a shot first, and if it doesn't do enough for you, then look into getting a cooler. As for which pad to get, I wouldn't know as I've never used one; I imagine following the reviews is a good strategy.

Also, welcome to laptops with dedicated graphics cards. :P




Aug 1 2013, 11:06 pm Sacrieur Post #4

Still Napping

Quote from Roy
Quote from Fire_Kame
That might be a matter with your fan settings instead of it actually overheating. Roy had an idea for a good program that will help you set those settings. I lost the PM that was in though.
That program was called TPFanControl, but it was specifically designed for ThinkPad laptops (hence the name).

Though Kame brings up a good point: it could just be that your fan control software is terrible, and fixing that is a $0 solution. I would recommend SpeedFan; I use it on my desktop to keep my fans running whisper-quiet when they don't need to be pushing much air, but it's highly configurable to adjust fan speeds based on temperature thresholds. I'd give that a shot first, and if it doesn't do enough for you, then look into getting a cooler.

Also, welcome to laptops with dedicated graphics cards. :P

This could be it.

He's owned it for over a year. I suggested that he just needs to clean dust and lint out, he's only been experiencing problems the last five months or so. In any case, I think both cleaning out the fans and vents and getting better fan control software is the best solution.



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Aug 1 2013, 11:13 pm Fire_Kame Post #5

wth is starcraft

Fans get old and louder with time too, but yes if its that old I would clean it if you can.




Aug 2 2013, 6:04 am Sacrieur Post #6

Still Napping

If all that doesn't work, this is the cooling pad you want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=34-997-872



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Aug 3 2013, 5:14 pm Aristocrat Post #7



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Fain(sic) Air Flow: 15.4 CFM single fan
pls

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834980009



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Aug 4 2013, 1:07 pm Sacrieur Post #8

Still Napping

Quote from Aristocrat
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Fain(sic) Air Flow: 15.4 CFM single fan
pls

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834980009

Now that's what I'm talking about.



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