- Pyle PLPTS25 adjustable-height laptop stand; (Amazon link)
- Noctua NF-A20 5V PWM – comes with USB-to-4pin fan header adapter; (Amazon link)
- The PWM version is the same price but future-proof if you want to add some kind of intelligent fan control!
- USB On/Off Switch
- Some elastic cord
- The elasticity dampens the fan’s vibrations.
My MateBook X Pro can sustain 2.1GHz on the desk for 5 minutes before shutting off due to VRM overheating (working on solving that right now), but this stand allows it to sustain 2.7GHz indefinitely. As a bonus, I removed the bottom lid altogether and just let the Noctua blow on the laptop’s heatsink directly. No thermal throttling at all anymore. 3.7GHz on all 4 cores. I might just use that when my laptop’s staying on the desk for a long time.
The biggest benefit of using the Noctua fan instead of lower-quality off-the-shelf laptop coolers is that the former is much quieter.
Hey Brad – is this more efficient than the ones that they sell on Amazon?
This is awesome, thanks for sharing!
While your particular Amazon link doesn’t work any more, similar stands may still be found on various Amazon stores: https://www.amazon.de/ah-Stands-SLT001E-Laptopst%C3%A4nder/dp/B003BV2IS2/ref=sr_1_13
I was thinking, is there a way to recreate the bottom lid with a latch. When travelling you could use the bottom lid, when at home it could be easily detatched.
I guess a cheap way would be to just not rescrew the bottom on..