View Full Version : How do you keep a big laptop cool?
10-28-2008, 05:28 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions on keeping a 17" macbook pro cool when doing Maya/Zbrush/AfterEffects work?
I was thinking maybe like a laptop fan pad thing but not sure really... Any thoughts?
Thanks a bunch!
10-28-2008, 05:34 PM
Cheap method: Elevate the notebook. Use a book or something to prop up the back end of the laptop.
Pricey method: Buy a notebook cooler. Ensure the cooling pad has the fan in an ideal position in relation to the fan on the laptop.
Alternate method: Move to Canada. Now would be about a good time. Brrrrrr! ;)
10-28-2008, 05:58 PM
Notebook coolers are worth their weight in gold, if you have a laptop that doesn't have sufficient cooling. I saw a nice one the other day if you don't need it mobile:
If you need it on the go there are better ones that are smaller and lighter. Cheers!
10-29-2008, 08:58 PM
17'ers get hot and noisy.. its their nature, the compromize for a portable desktop.
Check out ZalmanZM-NC2000 Notebook Cooler. In silver and black.
Have it two years now under my NP5760, haven't regretted.
Gives a nice tilt for easier typing too.
Has 2 fans with speed slider and USB port for the one it takes power from.
The fans need cleaning every so often with compressed air.
10-30-2008, 03:40 AM
You guys are awesome, thanks so much...
I live in colorado so winter cooling wont be very hard! Im just worried about frying my whatever this summer, but ill check out the links. Thanks again!
10-30-2008, 01:50 PM
I use the DIY method.
I elevate the motherboard with little 1inch pots with blu tac on them. Make sure they dont cover any vents as this will be worse for the laptop!
I have some old case fans which I have joined together and have a little flap of plasticard. I put them at the back and blast air down the back into the vents and under the laptop.
I have them attached to an external power supply but I supose you can attach them to a spare USB port. I did not want try this incase I damage the laptop.
I switch them on every now and then when I notice the laptop getting a little hot.
Hey I know its not a great solution but its cheaper!
11-06-2008, 07:57 AM
This "thing" (http://www.coolitsystems.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=109&Itemid=1) is ugly as hell but they managed to OC a QX9300 from 2.5GHz to 3.7Ghz! (http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10065&Itemid=35)
11-06-2008, 07:57 AM
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