yes it helps. I am using it to help cool a NUC. The only thing is that higher fan speed create quite a bit of noise.. I got used to it but the person next to me has mentioned it a couple of times.
Based on the Core Temp program I'm using to track temperatures, I'm finding that this Opolar laptop cooler lowers my laptop's operating temp. by 10 degrees F on setting 7, to 15 degrees F on max. Really like this handy fan unit!
Wonderful for gaming laptops - just wish they were easier to clean! Can't complain about 8c drop on top of 10c drop from a cooling pad, and having 2 makes spikes dissipate much faster, keeping the rig quieter and smoother running.
Previously, my laptop was reaching temperatures around 88-92C while gaming, and this was partially due to the back-exhaust pumping toward the back of my desk and collecting a lot of heat. I had 2 side-exhausts, but they didn’t do much. I slapped the Opolar on my left-exhaust, and this thing works wonders. My CPU/GPU temperatures increased by about 10C (8-12C), bringing my average temperature to around 80C. 80C still isn’t a very healthy temperature for hardware, but the Opolar does a wonderful job in keeping the temperatures at much less unsafe levels.
Sure, there is some noise as you increase the fan speed, but it doesn’t bother me at all. When I’m gaming, I have my headset on and can’t hear a thing. When I’m not gaming, I don’t have my headset on and I just turn the fan speed down. Overall, it’s not any louder than my laptop’s fans.
Installation is very simple. I used the quick-installation, and had no problems with it. It stays put very well.
Overall, the Opolar is a great product, and worth every penny. I can’t seem to think of any downside to it, it does it’s job and does it very well!
I have an ASUS X550JK that I use for gaming still. It's old, but it still games well. Inside I have an i7-4710HQ quad core with hyperthreading, 8 GB of removable Samsung DDR3-1600MHz, 4GB of Micron DDR3-1600MHz soldered onto the motherboard, 2GB of Hynix DDR3-1800Mhz for the onboard Nvidia GTX 850M. This laptop would hit 100 Celsius just running Kaspersky to check for viruses. Then comes all of the auto throttling of the CPU and GPU, voltages, wattages, etc. to keep the temps below maximum. So, I changed my thermal paste to Arctic MX6. Pretty good stuff, and I worked the CPU idle temperature down to 40 Celsius from 70 Celsius (which is insanely high for an idle temperature) with the thermal paste alone on the stock heatsink and fan. Gaming on this laptop does require some sort of external cooler though, especially when overclocked. With the CPU overclocked to 3.7GHz up from 2.5 GHz, the GPU overclocked to 1.20 GHz up from 900MHz, and the Intel graphics controller overclocked to 1.3 GHz up from 1.2GHz this laptop would be smoldering or at least back at 100 Celsius and struggling to keep cool. While gaming overclocked on wall power, with the Opolar 5000 RPM laptop fan turned all the way up I see a drop in CPU temperature from 100 Celsius to 85 Celsius and a drop in GPU temperature from 100 Celsius to about 65 Celsius. I am imagining that this type of overclocking would damage the CPU and GPU relatively quickly without the proper cooling and the Opolar laptop cooler provides an enormous amount of airflow, I don't know how much, but it really moves alot of air. It pulls hard on the airflow immediately downstream of the heatsink aluminum fins and copper heatpipe and then pushes it out with significant force. I wish I knew the cubic feet per minute, but I didn't stop to read that part before I wrote this report. The Opolar laptop cooler also shows an airflow temperature of about 53 Celsius during overclocked gaming. If you are a laptop gamer I would say this cooler is literally necessary hardware that should be added to your gaming station or rig. What it does! And it really does! It cools really, really, really good. Also, it has three power settings, 1) Off 2) Auto which is neat because it is just that...automatic fan RPM control based on airflow temperature, and 3) 13 push settings with the highest being the 5000 RPM option. I purchased the unit on sale from Opolar. Saw the price picked it up. Was amazed. I was considering a laptop stand type of cooler, looked at a few, some had fans on the bottom, some had a hollow rectangle on the bottom that pushed/forced air rearwards along the bottom of the laptop and up and into the case through the bottom vents then out of the keyboard key holes, the front intake port (serving as an exhaust port with the underside cooler), and also out through the stock cooling unit. That might work for gaming a little, but there is only one small intake area on the bottom of the ASUS X550JK to support an underside cooler. The Opolar laptop cooler made more sense to I went for it and love it. This device should be sold on websites like Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon, and Ebay. It is a great little machine and very powerful at cooling.