Thermaltake Massive23 LX Notebook Cooler - Performance and Conclusion

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Thermaltake Massive23 LX Notebook Cooler
Closer Look, Features and More
Performance and Conclusion

Massive23 LX Performance:

To get some baseline temperatures for the laptop we first ran it on the Lenovo Advanced Dock doing some Prime95 to get things heated up.  While many may say that this is not a typical situation for a laptop to be ran at 100% load, many people today use their laptops for 3D Modeling and light workstation rendering.  This puts the laptop under huge amounts of stress and things heat up quickly.  CPU temperature was recorded with SpeedFan and was logged to record the maximum temperature reached.  The full-load was applied for 1 hour and then all applications were closed for 20 minutes to gain an idle temperature.  This load/idle situation was repeated with the computer on the Massive23 LX.  The results are displayed below. 

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Please keep in mind that the ThinkPad T410 runs a toasty Core i7-620M 2.66GHz processor that "Turbo's" up to 3.1GHz.  Also the temperatures recorded below are CPU Core temperatures and these are always reported much warmer than "standard" CPU temperatures.  With that in mind, take a look and see how much the Massive23 LX cools when compared to the stifling Lenovo Dock.

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Because of the small heatsink on the CPU and the fact that Speedfan now records CPU Core temperatures, we don't see a lot of cooling gains when running full load on the Core i7 CPU.  At idle though, the Massive23 LX makes a huge difference.  It drops the idle temperature a whopping 17°C.  It does this while being virtually silent.

 

Final Thoughts:

The Massive23 LX does exactly what it's supposed to do - cool down your laptop.  I use my T410 as my main workstation and it sits in a pretty fancy dock that allows me a bunch of extra USB connections, eSATA ports, 2 Display Ports, 2 DVI ports and a lot more.  The only downside to this dock is that it hinders airflow and cooling.  This was never more apparent than when I pulled it out of the dock and used in on the Massive23 LX for a few days.  The laptop is kept in place thanks to the "grippy" rubber details on the top.  The Massive23 LX is certainly worth the $30 price tag as it is a good cooler, but the lack of any additional USB ports cramp the style a bit and don't give you any extra value when using this unit.  Still, if you've got a toasty hot laptop, this cooler will probably perform better than many other coolers on the market.  Overall, this is how we feel it breaks down:

Pros:

  • Very solid, lightweight construction
  • Rubber accents on top keep laptop raised for better cooling and provide non-slip surface
  • Cable storage inside the unit
  • Very quiet and good cooling

Cons:

  • No extra USB ports

 

  BCCRating

Silver

 

I'd like to thank Thermaltake for sending out the Massive23 LX for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them at the "Comments" link below.