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Recommend a laptop fan. Thank you.

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Recommend a laptop fan. Thank you.

Anyone got recommendations for a good, reliable and strong laptop fan to help reduce the heat? For 15.6” gaming laptop.

I see so many on amazon and they largely have good reviews but hard to settle on one.

Thanks in advance.
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What kind of airflow is in your laptop?

There are two main types. The most common ones are basically laptop stands with a fan blowing air up towards the bottom of your laptop. This usually works but again, some laptops have intakes from the sides/back/keyboard and blow out downwards which would make this type of cooler useless.

The second type is basically an exhaust booster, it usually is a spring loaded side air entrance that pulls air from exhaust vents and outwards. This type may not work with newer laptops with thinner exhaust grills.

Are you using a stand for the laptop? Just propping it up and giving the laptop a few cm of space from the bottom usually helps.



Personally I use a Cooler Master one which works well with the laptop I have now that intakes from bottom and exhausts out the back.
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coriolis wrote: What kind of airflow is in your laptop?

There are two main types. The most common ones are basically laptop stands with a fan blowing air up towards the bottom of your laptop. This usually works but again, some laptops have intakes from the sides/back/keyboard and blow out downwards which would make this type of cooler useless.

The second type is basically an exhaust booster, it usually is a spring loaded side air entrance that pulls air from exhaust vents and outwards. This type may not work with newer laptops with thinner exhaust grills.

Are you using a stand for the laptop? Just propping it up and giving the laptop a few cm of space from the bottom usually helps.



Personally I use a Cooler Master one which works well with the laptop I have now that intakes from bottom and exhausts out the back.
It’s a Legion y740 and it gets pretty hot when gaming. I’m using a laptop fan that blows from underneath and while it probably helps it a little, it remains pretty hot. Looking for something better as I don’t want to kill the laptop prematurely due to heat.
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I've been using the OPOLAR External Fan for about 1.5 years now and it's been a life-saver! I thought my laptop was garbage (ASUS ROG) but turns out it was just the heat all along.

The base plate is a bit flimsy so I just superglued it to the base of the fan body and works with no problem.

Link if interested: https://www.amazon.ca/OPOLAR-Temperatur ... 421&sr=8-7
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whichseatcanitake wrote: I've been using the OPOLAR External Fan for about 1.5 years now and it's been a life-saver! I thought my laptop was garbage (ASUS ROG) but turns out it was just the heat all along.

The base plate is a bit flimsy so I just superglued it to the base of the fan body and works with no problem.

Link if interested: https://www.amazon.ca/OPOLAR-Temperatur ... 421&sr=8-7
Thanks for the recommendation. I googled and YouTubed reviews of it and the only thing I don’t like is the adhesive piece that goes under the laptop. You also said you had to superglue it to keep it in place making it more permanent.

Would it work without gluing the piece underneath?
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coriolis wrote: What kind of airflow is in your laptop?

There are two main types. The most common ones are basically laptop stands with a fan blowing air up towards the bottom of your laptop. This usually works but again, some laptops have intakes from the sides/back/keyboard and blow out downwards which would make this type of cooler useless.

The second type is basically an exhaust booster, it usually is a spring loaded side air entrance that pulls air from exhaust vents and outwards. This type may not work with newer laptops with thinner exhaust grills.

Are you using a stand for the laptop? Just propping it up and giving the laptop a few cm of space from the bottom usually helps.



Personally I use a Cooler Master one which works well with the laptop I have now that intakes from bottom and exhausts out the back.
The heat comes out from the left side of the laptop. The top portion of the keyboard is hottest and I have a targus laptop cooler pad underneath but I suspect it’s either not strong enough or it’s not hitting the right spots to help dissipate heat.
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bobbings wrote: The heat comes out from the left side of the laptop. The top portion of the keyboard is hottest and I have a targus laptop cooler pad underneath but I suspect it’s either not strong enough or it’s not hitting the right spots to help dissipate heat.
If it is coming out of the left, getting a vent fan like the one mentioned above that attaches to the existing vent. Depending on how big your side exhaust grill is, a product of that type seems to be an option to help.

Alternatively, have you tried software side to ramp up the cooling? The fans might be capped to limit noise but there could be a hidden option to unlock the twin jets (laptop fans can get pretty loud).
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bobbings wrote: Thanks for the recommendation. I googled and YouTubed reviews of it and the only thing I don’t like is the adhesive piece that goes under the laptop. You also said you had to superglue it to keep it in place making it more permanent.

Would it work without gluing the piece underneath?
Sorry I wasn't clear, I've attached some pictures. Basically, see the trapezoid-like base plate with the small suction cups in the 2nd picture. This is attached to the main body of the fan using that small circular metal attachment you see. This plate tends to come off, so I went ahead and superglued it to the main body of the fan. I haven't superglued anything on my laptop and haven't used any of the adhesive pads. I simple attach the fan to the side of the laptop vents and the rubber tips of the two top hooks do a good job of gripping the laptop body (I don't really use the small suction cups on the baseplate). Hope that makes sense. Let me know if you have more questions, I don't mind labelling the pictures.
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Have you tried undervolting ? One of my friends has a Legion laptop and was saying he followed some forum/reddit suggestion to undevolt and it has improved temperature by a bit. Perhaps look up a guide.
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I got the Surface Book 3 delivered a few days ago. It’s been having some overheating problems until I reinstalled Windows as per Microsoft Surface Support.

Now I think it doesn’t overheat as badly but still wanted to know if it’s worth investing in a cooling fan or pad system.

I found some options from my local PC components store:

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX68810

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX29474

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX29475

https://www.amazon.ca/OPOLAR-F401-Perso ... pol&sr=8-3

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX41293

Are any of these good options for cooling the CPU aimed at the back of the tablet?

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