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Written by Dan Ferguson   
Wednesday, 02 February 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: SF-19 Laptop Cooler
Strike Force SF-19 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: SF-19 Laptop Cooler

CM Storm does a good job of providing products geared for gamers. I know that gaming puts serious heat on a laptop, often making a cooler a necessity. Along with movie watchers, gamers prefer a larger screen for better resolution and accuracy. Both applications tend to put an elevated stress on the CPU and GPU for long, uninterrupted sessions. This is the exact situation for generating heat. In addition, larger laptops probably have more components, or often more powerful components. Also, the ratio of surface area to volume is much smaller on a bigger laptop.

CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler SGA-6000-KKYF1

Basically what I'm saying is that I would anticipate a greater need for cooling on the larger platforms than on the smaller ones. But this seems to be an exact contradiction to the product offerings I see for the bulk of laptop coolers. Props to CM Storm for offering a bigger cooler for bigger laptops. And when I took it out of the box, that was my first impression...it's big. It's like the HAF X for laptops! Big and powerful.

CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler SGA-6000-KKYF1

The Strike Force SF-19 measures 19" across by 14 inches on the side. It's shaped like a big wedge; thicker in the back and thinner towards the front. This gives any laptop placed on top a strong tilt forward. I suppose this is a compromise for the lack of tilt or height adjustment. This large height and width give the SF-19 a very large surface area...which means more cooling area. The top is very sturdy, covered with a strong wire mesh.

CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler SGA-6000-KKYF1

The backside has a square grid of larger diameter holes which serve as the air intake. The back and the rest of the structural body is made from ABS plastic. The ABS is an affordable plastic that provides structural strength but sacrifices on weight. All told, the SF-19 weighs in at four and a half pounds. That's more than a netbook and almost as much as lighter laptops. But remember, it's meant for "Luggables" which typically weigh in over 15 pounds. If you're already sporting around that much size and weight you might not notice an extra four pounds.

Also seen on the backside is a natural handle outlined in a reinforced, anti-slip rubber. The handle is natural to use and also very sturdy. The same rubber is used in several places on the laptop to provide protection from bumps, cable management, and gripping surfaces to support the laptop.

CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler SGA-6000-KKYF1

Like Cooler Master's previous laptop cooler (the Notepal) the SF-19 is laid out in a slight "X" pattern. Okay, it's actually more like an "H", but the layout is still similar. The top and bottom of the "H" is outlined by large rubber pads which hold the laptop up off the metal mesh surface. In the Notepal these channels proved marginally effective, so it's interesting to see Cooler Master try again. I like the look of the this new model SGA-6000-KKYF1, mostly because I know the workmanship and materials are of high quality. The actual lines of the product don't impress me much, but I wouldn't say the thing's ugly.

CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler SGA-6000-KKYF1

The laptop shown here is an MSI Megabook L725 which measures 15.6 x 10.9 x 1.4 inches. You can see how the entire laptop sits entirely on the cooling surface with nothing hanging over the edge. So in truth, a 19" laptop will still have some portion not resting above the primary cooling surface. At least it won't grossly hang over the edges and entirely hide the cooler. It's hard to tell in this picture, but the clearance beneath the laptop is less than a quarter of an inch. Based on past reviews this is not a very large gap. The last thing I'll point out is the parts of the cooling surface which jut out beyond the edges of the laptop. There is a small section towards the front on each side, and a small corner on each side towards the front. These will be important later on.



 

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# Coolest Cooler in the World.Enigma8750 2011-02-03 10:17
CM.. I has been tough to come up with new products and new designs but I love the way this looks and works. The ability to exchange and put in other fans is another win. Berry Berry Good Product.. Win Win.
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# RE: CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop CoolerGreg 2011-02-13 08:30
What did you use to take the thermal images in the review?

Can you take some with the better performing coolers you mentioned in the article?

Also, what is the largest fan you could fit in the SF-19

Nice review
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# RE: CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop CoolerIan 2011-05-03 19:42
What is your opinion of upgrading the fans? Dual 140mm that would output 100+ CFM? Aside from the fact of spending $79.99 only to spend additional money upgrading & the potentially unwanted noise.
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# Please re-benchmarkDavid 2011-10-27 04:43
I appreaciate the review...but I'm thinking that you would get a much more accurate representation of it's potential if you added one simple step to each test. Which would be to run prime95 which hammers the processor and REALLY generates heat.

The closer an item is to ambient the harder it is to cool...exponentially harder. And the temps you were working with were already really low. I have a M6500 with the 940XM and that puppy gets WICKED hot when i really put it to work and i'd like to see how this cooler handles a laptop between 90 and 97C, I bet (am hoping) that it's performance is asstounding.
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# MrMichael Gardner 2012-06-22 10:53
Where can I find one of these. They are suddenly Obsolete
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