Quote: Originally Posted by spongebot64
Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
A large enough cooling pad with dual fans can be effective and affordable. I just saw one at Best Buy here for $14us.
Well, is there any specific one I should buy? Or will a decent one work?
Well, it's just a fan in a fancy casing. I'll just say what is true of all fans. The bigger
the fan is, the less noise
it does for the same quantity of air moved.
that's because noise rises as RPM rise, and a bigger vent moves much more air per rotation so its RPM is far less.
I had tons of fun DIY a cooling pad for a gaming laptop (It ran HOT and its tiny fans were always at max doing aircraft-like noise) with a huge 17'' computer fan I scavenged from somewhere. There was near-silence afterward.
But not everyone can DIY stuff or has fun doing it. So here is a quick quick example with two products out of a random Best Laptop Cooling Pads of 2012
you can find with google: This is bad This is good
Noise-wise anyway. I'm in no position to talk about component quality.