Review: Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB

We are going to test large laptop cooling pad to check CPU temperature and clock speed improvements under thermal throttling.

Are you looking for a way to cool down your laptop and ultimately ended up searching how much can a large laptop cooling pad help to improve the temperature.

Those gamers who love to play PUBG, Fortnite, Dota 2, or any other games complain about laptop overheating problems. They should buy the best laptop cooling pad.

Fortunately in this article, we are going to review the Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB laptop cooling pad. If you have a plan to buy a laptop cooling pad or laptop air cooler then you should read this post. We will explain CPU and GPU temperature readings at different fan speeds and height settings that can help improve the performance of your laptop.

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Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB Description

ManufacturerThermaltake
ModelMassive 20 RGB
Item numberCL-N014-PL20SW-A
Dimensions cooler471 x 354.5 x 46.5 mm (HxWxD)
Compatibility10 – 19 inch notebook
MaterialMesh and plastic
ColorBlack
Dimensions fan200 x 200 x 20 mm (HxWxD)
Fan speed600 – 800 rpm
Volume30 dBA
Airflow108.73 m3/h – 64 CFM
Air pressure0.4 mmH2O
Power consumption5 V / 1.2 A
Weight3.35 lbs
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Layout, Design, and Features

Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB laptop cooling pad is quite large supporting maximum 19” gaming besides it’s got a metal mesh with laptops and notebooks. You can see the Thermaltake logo on the back. The most important feature is that it has RGB lighting around the edge which keeps your laptop even cooler as compared to not having it.

If you are not fond of RGB lightning then don’t worry you can turn the lighting off if that’s not your demand or you can buy cheaper laptop cooling pad models that don’t have lighting.

This laptop cooling pad is so large that it has a 200-millimeter fan in the center. We’ve got the fairly large 17 inches laptops but this cooling pad easily fits with room to spare.

On the front, there are some rubber pads that prevent the laptop from sliding off when it’s on an angle, underneath there’s nothing going on just the fan intake in the center as well as some rubber feet. The rubber feet did a wonderful job of keeping it in place.

There are two extendable feet towards the back to raise it up further. This angle will help you in typing, play laptop games, and improves airflow.

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We’ll check in the latter part of the review how far the laptop temperature remains normal while on extended feet. Because these feet can be extended twice giving you three different heights to use by default. Currently, it’s on a three-degree angle and this can be extended to 9 and 13 degrees. These heights are referred to as levels one two and three respectively.

With the feet extended at any level, it’s much easier for the back of the laptop cooling pad to move around. Although we did find a little difficult once we’ve actually got the weight of a laptop sitting on it.

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On the back from left to right, there are the fan speed adjustment dial buttons to control fan speed. It has the five lightening effects that change between seven different colors. Here it also has a power input button as well.

The fan speed dial can be turned all the way to one side to change or adjust laptop fan speed settings from low to high.

We’ll include good CPU temperatures range with a fan at different speeds later.

How much fan noise this laptop cooler make

The Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB laptop coolers’ fans are listed to run between 600 to 800 RPM and it sounds different at low and max fan speed. At a low fan speed of 37.7 dBA and at max fan speed, this laptop cooler gives 42.8 dBA sound. So there’s not really much difference between the minimum and maximum speeds

We used the Auris x7 laptop at idle during the test to check if it gives the noisy fan sound. Besides hearing the fan from the laptop cooling pad there’s not much of a difference between running the fan at low or maximum speeds. The difference was even less noticeable when we include the laptop fan noise.

On its button panel, the first button cycles through the five lighting effects allow you to change between WAV RGB, spectrum, and pulse blink. The color of the effects during pulsing can be changed between seven colors using the next button including red, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue-white, and purple. Finally, there’s the power input you can connect the included cable to the cooling pad which has two USB Type-A ports that you plug into your laptop.

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The cooling pad requires 1.2 amps to activate so depending on the USB port of your laptop you may be able to use one port or both may be required. We think that it’s good to be able to plug into the laptop and power it. But we feel that a laptop cooling pad of this size isn’t exactly portable.

So, it may have made more sense to also have a power adapter that you can instead plug into the wall rather than potentially taking up two USB slots which is a fair amount for a laptop.

How much this laptop cooling pad perform

Do laptop cooling pad works great we will show you how much difference these laptop coolers can make.

We’ve tested the Massive 20 RGB using the 17 inches Auris x7 with i7-8850H CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics. It was a quite powerful and hot machine. The testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. We checked the PC temperature readings using the AIDA64 (the best CPU temperature monitor) and the heaven benchmark at the same time to try and utilize both the CPU and GPU together in a combined load.

We’ve got the Auris x7 set to 80% fan speed so not quite a max but still, pretty loud.

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As you can see that the CPU temperature was always 90 degrees Celsius in this test it was always thermal throttling regardless of what I did with the laptop cooling pad. It’s constantly thermal throttling doesn’t mean we’re not getting improvements we’re seeing improvements to the GPU temperature. As GPU wasn’t thermal throttling we’re able to drop the temperature from 89 degrees Celsius without the laptop cooler by 7 degrees to 82 with the fan maxed out and legs fully extended.

Here are the average clock speeds of CPU and GPU for the same tests. The GPU wasn’t thermal throttling we’re not really seeing a difference here, but that does appear to be an extremely small improvement as GPU boost works better under cooler temperatures.

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What’s more interesting is we’re seeing an improvement to CPU clock speeds as we raise the feet of the Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB laptop cooler and increase the fan speed though not by much.

The difference between the laptop only and the best case with the cooling pattern, maximum height, and maximum fans is only 200 MHz across all cores. In our test it proved to be a worst-case with the six core 8850H under full load combined with GPU load if there was no thermal throttling, we’d probably see CPU temperature improvements.

What about laptop cooling pad price

You can get this large size cooling pad with RGB lights for around 89.99 US dollars. For up-to-date laptop cooling pad pricing click on this link.

However, there are other cheap laptop cooling pads than that but it seems that you’re paying for the larger size and of course that RGB lighting. Compared to the price of your beastly gaming laptop it seems fine for the small boost in performance.

Our Verdict

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There is certainly an excessive amount of RGB lighting in products these days. Overall we love the design of this cooling pad. As we saw in the thermal testing it does make an improvement but it’s nothing exceptionally crazy.

Performance can be boosted but the results will vary between laptops. All it’s doing is blowing air up and increasing the space between the bottom of the laptop and the desk, so if you’ve got a laptop with no air vents on the bottom like a MacBook or the ASUS Zephyrus, for example, you’ll probably see less of an improvement as the internal components won’t get that airflow.

The only issue we noticed is the potential requirement to take up two whole USB Type-A ports. We think that this type of laptop cooling pad is less portable and more of a stationary object so it may have made more sense to have a power adapter to plug into the wall instead.

Let us know what you guys thought about the thermal take massive 20 RGB cooling pad down in the comments box.