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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
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.
Ease of use
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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).
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.