Cooler Master CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Review

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2013-11-14

CM Storm is Cooler Masters' hardware related gaming brand. Covering gaming gear from cases, input devices in the shape of gaming keyboards and mice, headsets, mouse pads and last but not least three different laptop coolers. The today reviewed SF-17 is the mid range notebook cooler variant. The little SF-15 brother, supports laptops up to 15.6 inch, while this SF-17 model has no issues to provide support for up to 19 inch sized laptops. The flagship SF-19 version is compatible with laptops from 19 inch and beyond. Time to unravel the refined design features of this mid range SF-17 model.

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Test Setup and Methodology

To really test the cooling performance of this SF17 gaming notebook cooler we gave it a spin with a MSI GT70 gaming notebook. The MSI GT70 is already equipped with a pretty beefy cooling solution, made out of two heat pipes. One designated for the i7 3610QM CPU and one for the nVIDIA GTX670M graphics card.

We tested the SF17 in a few different scenarios:

  • The GT70 in its original state
  • The SF17 at the 17° angle with the fan speed at the lowest Fan setting
  • The SF17 at the 17° angle with the fan speed at the medium Fan setting
  • The SF17 at the 17° angle with the fan speed at the highest Fan setting




We opted to use Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage as it's pretty strenuous on both the processor as the graphics card. Each test setting completed 3 loops of the complete Vantage suite. Realtemp and GPU-Z were used as monitoring and temperature logging tools. The measured ambient temperatures in the [M] lab are around 20°C. Idle temps were measured after the first boot, then the CPU and GPU temperatures were monitored during 10 mins of idling. The load temps in the charts are the average results of the stress tests.

Here are some snapshots of a few test screens:



Stock MSI results above, below the outcome during one of the high speed fan settings


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