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CM Storm SF-15 - Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 160 mm Fan and Retractable Feet
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Mixed feelings about it 03/04/2015

This review is from: CM Storm SF-15 - Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 160 mm Fan and Retractable Feet

Pros: Support for larger laptops
Extra USB Hub
High Air flow

Cons: Expensive
Noisy at medium/high speeds

Other Thoughts: I have the SF-19 which NewEgg directs me to put my review here and doesn't seem to have a page for anymore.

My biggest problem with the cooler I received is it seems resonate at medium and high speeds. When it does this is makes a lot of noise and vibrates quite a bit more than I'm comfortable with. I'm not sure if this is a problem with mine specifically or this is a common thing. I have it flat on my glass desk and it seems to be an internal problem. I'm going to at some point see if this is something user-serviceable but is a pain to move around because of the location and size of my it and my system. At lower speeds this isn't an issue.

It's one of the few options that fit my big Sager 19". Hopefully I can get this figured out.

iDsonix USB3.0 Super Speed Dual Bay 2.5-inch & 3.5-inch SATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Dual-Disk Offline Copy Function and Multiple Data Security - Black
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price
Ease of use

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Ended up putting a 5TB WD Green in this. Was able to initialize it and use it as active storage. There's some "Engrish" in the instruction manual and package but is otherwise easy to follow. It says it supports up to 8TB of storage but it isn't clear if that's 8TB total or 4TB per slot. Again, the 5TB HDD worked fine so no complaints.

MSI Wind Nettop 100 Intel 1.6GHz Atom 330 (dual core) on board Intel 945GC Intel GMA 950 Mini / Booksize Barebone System
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Low power draw, even under max load.
Small form factor.
Dual core at a decent price.
Great for general use.

Cons: 2GB memory limit.
Bright blue LED power light (not really a con but, could be annoying to some).
Fan Whir.

Other Thoughts: The fan, even at full speed isn't loud however, as its being throttled depending on system activity, it does have a distinct whir that can annoy some. Its honestly not a big deal to me.

I use it for data backup on my network, as a print server, and for media sharing. Its a good choice for the job since I can leave it on 24/7 and its always available on my network when I need another computer to print or back something up.

The most graphically intense can you can run on it is Quake Arena (its obviously not for gaming). However, it handles hi-def video well. If you need a little more power out of the GMA 950 adapter, you download GMABooster and increase its clock from 166MHz to 400MHz (2.4x boost) safely.

I've never had any problems with over heating ever. If you mount it vertical, read the manual and make sure its right side up (cooling fan toward the top) or sideways with the vents clear. It should not need any 3rd party cooling mods.


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Display Name: Thomas P.

Date Joined: 01/02/07

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 06/21/07
  • Last Review: 03/04/15
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