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a very good product, 4.5 stars rounded up
on November 27, 2011
I purchased the Antec 200 to cool my M17x Alienware laptop (Nvidia SLI & I5 proc). For those of you who don't know, Alienware has 3 under mounted fans and decent internal airflow, but it also produces a ton of heat when I even consider pushing the system so additional cooling is mandatory. I don't have any internal temps so i my review focuses on the 2 common sense metrics. 1) how long does it take to heat the aluminum shell to egg-frying heats and 2) after how long does heat start to reduce performance/gameplay.
1st, I want to say that no cooling unit that I have found has provided sufficient cooling to make the M17x viable, but I already own it so we can ignore that ;). If you were considering the M17x or the XPS, do yourself a favor and cross it off the list.
I used 3 setups, first, directly on the desk. next, the $20 Argus I got from Walmart about 6 months ago that just wasn't cutting it, and the Antec 200.
directly on the desk, because the airflow all comes from the bottom, the internals begin to lag after only 15 mins or so, before the shell can even start to heat up.
next, the cheapo Walmart option, gives me about 2 hours before the heat starts getting to the components and i need to give it a rest.
last the Antec gives me about 3.5 hours of breathing room making it a 100% improvement over the other desktop cooler. those numbers are for high intensity graphics games like Crysis, Stalker, etc. light gaming and productivity, i can run indefinitely on either setup making it a poor test.