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Inside Asetek Labs - Liquid Cooling an Overclocked Alienware Laptop

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Published on Mar 20, 2012

Hi, Zack from Asetek here and today I'll be showing you an Alienware gaming laptop that demonstrates the advantages of liquid cooling in an overclocked notebook.

We'll be focusing on the performance benefits of overclocking the laptop's CPU and GPUs, but this technology can also be used on mobile workstations and all-in-one desktops to reduce noise and utilize higher power processors.

The laptop's traditional heat pipes can't properly cool our overclocked laptop. Each component is cooled by its own cooling module and because CPUs and GPUs are seldom fully stressed at the same time, the cooling ability of the unused modules is wasted.

In Asetek's solution, all three cooling modules help to extract heat from the CPU & GPUs as needed. The combined benefit of liquid cooling and heat exchanger sharing provides efficient and capable cooling to our overclocked laptop.

Now that we know how it works, let's take a look at what it's capable of.

So we've got the CPU overclocked from 3.5GHz to 4.4GHz.
And we've got the GPU overclocked from 680MHz to 800MHz.

It should be noted that the stock heat pipes were unable to handle the extra heat generated at these speeds. Liquid cooling allows both CPU & GPU overclocking without cooking your lap and hands in the process. Let's check out our benchmark results.

With our liquid cooled & overclocked gaming laptop, we saw...
An 18% improvement in 3D Mark 11.
A 16% improvement in PCMark Vantage.
And a 23% improvement in 3D Mark Vantage.

The thermal benefits that enable overclocking in the "slim form factor" of our laptop also enable the increased performance and cost savings of using desktop processors in All-In-Ones as well as quiet operation from maximum performance parts in mobile workstations.

Now That's Thermal Management Done Right!

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