|NZXT Cryo LX Aluminum Notebook Cooler|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Emily Ladouceur and Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 06 February 2008|
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Testing & Results
After removing the NZXT Cryo LX Aluminum Notebook Cooler from the box I was initially surprised at how large and heavy the cooler was. I figured that something the size of a laptop must require more power than I had anticipated from looking at the box. So first we wanted to see how much power the NZXT Cryo LX Aluminum Notebook Cooler would draw since it would be plugged directly into the laptop. We used the Kill A Watt EZ Model P4460 to measure the difference between the laptop after it had been turned on and left idle by itself and also with the NZXT Cryo LX Aluminum Notebook Cooler both on low and high.
In addition to the power usage we wanted to determine just how much cooler the NZXT Cryo LX Aluminum Notebook Cooler would make the laptop when turned on. To test the temperature of the laptop we used the EVEREST Ultimate Engineer Version 4.20.1170. We took readings from the side, rear, and bottom of the laptop while the laptop was on and left idle and with the NZXT Cryo LX Aluminum Notebook Cooler on high for five minutes.
The tables below have the results of both the readings from the Kill A Watt EZ Model P4460 for power usage and the EVEREST Ultimate Engineer Version 4.20.1170 for temperature readings.
As you can see from the above table the difference of power usage without the NZXT Cryo LX Aluminum Notebook Cooler versus with the Cooler on Low and High is not horribly significant. Truthfully I expected it to be higher. I was pleasantly surprised.
The laptop used for this test was a Dell Inspiron 6400 with a Core 2 Duo processor. The Core 2 Duo tends to run cooler. There is a slight difference in temperature, as you can see in the above table, which may have been more significant had we used a laptop with a Pentium 4 processor. I found these readings a bit disappointing. Considering the size of the cooler and the fact that we had the fans running on high I expected a much lower number.