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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

Strike Force SF-19 Detailed Features

Just as with the HAF X, Cooler Master again sets the precedence by designing in USB 3.0 ports to the SF-19. There's no need to complain about compatibility or power issues. The SF-19 is powered by an AC adapter which MUST plug into the wall in to power the fans. Without the AC adapter the USB ports and LEDs still work, but the fans won't even turn on.

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

The four USB ports on the right side of the cooler are located next to the power port. To my dismay the USB input port is a micro-B connector. I understand that it's supposed to be a step up in quality, but it bugs me for compatibility. The laptop end is UAB A connector which will fail earlier than the micro-B end, and when it does I can't just grab another cable because I don't have micro-B cables lying around. OK, rant done, it's just fine ... a cheap replacement if the cable ever wears out. I'm more likely to lose a cable than have it wear out.

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

The left side of the model SGA-6000-KKYF1 laptop cooler has the LED and fan controls. There is a large push-button to toggle LED lights on and off, and a smaller push-button to toggle between LED colors. Next to those switches is a potentiometer which allows a large range of continuous fan speeds as well as turns the fans off.

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

The SF-19 sports two 140 mm fans. When the speed control is set at it's highest setting the laptop hums. These babies turn FAST. Fans can be easily replaced or swapped by opening the back panel. Both fans are mounted at an angle which matches the slope of the topside.

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

Looking further into the case you can see the power connectors for the fans. Each side of the laptop has a pair of 3-pin molex connectors. So the stock fans each use only one connector on each side leaving two extra connectors open. I wonder if Cooler Master played with different fan arrangements and sizes before deciding upon dual 140 mm fans. Unfortunately I didn't have any larger fans on hand to perform some additional tests to try and optimize my performance. Here's the point: YOU CAN! That's a big win for me. So much stuff these days uses preformed molds and special connections that you can't really do anything to fix bad products. But here there is a chance to potentially improve upon a good base.

CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler SGA-6000-KKYF1CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler SGA-6000-KKYF1CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler SGA-6000-KKYF1CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler SGA-6000-KKYF1

For added style there are 7 different colors for the LED's. Each color is a solid light, nothing fancy here. The images here show white, green, purple and yellow modes. The other three (blue, dark blue and red) can be found elsewhere in the article.



 

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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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