We had tested the Thermaltake iXoft with an Ubuntu 7.10-loaded IBM ThinkPad T42 that uses a Pentium M processor with Intel's Enhanced SpeedStep Technology. The iXoft was tested by monitoring the temperature of the CPU under load for approximately one hour when the notebook was using the Thermaltake iXoft cooler and then again when it was just sitting on a desk. When the iXoft was in use, the CPU temperature had dropped by approximately 4°C. Unfortunately, we were unable to monitor the GPU or hard drive temperatures due to a lack of Linux hardware monitoring utilities compatible with the IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad series.
The results were fairly nice for the Thermaltake iXoft Notebook Cooling Pad. The entire bottom of the laptop was also significantly cooler after using the iXoft for a while. The improvement overall was very good for a passive cooling pad. Air coolers we have used in the past yielded results not much better than this, so we were very pleased. The iXoft also has the added benefit of using no USB power and producing no noise. At around $29.99 USD this is a cheap, but very effective way to cool your laptop, and we highly recommend it for those looking to find a reliable notebook cooler.
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