To be fair, it’s not much better when open either. I find when it’s open, the air gets pushed out the top of the bezel towards the screen and when closed, the bezel kinda directs it towards the bottom/the desk it’s sitting on.
There’s an extra vent space on the bottom though and an extra exhaust space on the right of the laptop. I’ve already tried redoing the thermal paste which seemed to help a little bit but would like to know if anyone has successfully done anything more like a hardware mod. It would be nice not to have to hear it that much during a load.
Ruing it without the bezel should give it a bit easier airflow when closed so that may be worth a shot. Air-jets are going to need a couple generations to actually help but might be worth a revisit in a couple years assuming they didn’t fold and didn’t lie too hard about their generational improvements. Putting in a bigger cooler is going to take some quite invasive case modifications , especially since the heat-sink is on top of the main-board and not below it.
The stuff is pretty nice as far as effort/reward go, it isn’t quite the liquid metal without the liquid metal that some people hype it up as but it is closer to lm than even good paste and without all the mess and risks of lm. I’m still going to move to lm eventually but I was pleasantly surprised.
Perhaps there could be used some Mesh for the Hole, so it will be looking “better”.
Other solution could be to drill some holes or cut some slots with an dremel into the bezel before mounting it to the laptop for better Airflow.
Yeah those are pretty cool ideas, maybe I’ll pick up a new bezel and try some more reasonable solutions now that I’ve gotten the frustration out.
Aside from the look, it kinda sucks when fingers go through it while picking up the laptop. It’s surprisingly cooler though even with the CPU not pulling any punches, the fan barely has to work at all now.
Propping up a laptop is always a great free performance/temperature/noise improvement that basically applies to every laptop
When my laptop first arrived, it did get loud quickly. I have since swapped the thermal paste with PTM7950 which helped noise quite a bit. under full sustained load, it does still get loud, but it takes longer to get there, thus performance is also slightly better.