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Functional Vents on Lenovo Y50

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BlueNostromo

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Mar 24, 2015
Originally I thought that the back corners of the Y50 were vents for the fans just like its bigger gaming laptop counterparts. When I got it, I found out that they are just for show and have no purpose. I wanted to change that. There is a metal piece behind both of the grills which you can pry off of the aluminum bottom cover with help from a hair dryer and a flathead. I then dremeled out the metal and made some functional air intakes!

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After doing this I went from 60C - GPU and 77C - CPU to 56C - GPU and 74C - CPU. An average of 3.5C on both is not bad for how easy this was! Those temps are from a single run of the Firestrike demo.

Idea taken from: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/lenovo-y50-cooling-mod-10c.772029/
 
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ATMINSIDE

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Nice gains, it's odd that those aren't functional from the factory...
 
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BlueNostromo

BlueNostromo

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Nice gains, it's odd that those aren't functional from the factory...

Yeah, I feel like I might bend those grills in if I am not careful and bump my laptop into stuff though. Also do you have any idea what that gray tape is for? I tried putting it back because I didn't know its purpose
 

JrClocker

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Sep 25, 2015
The grey tape looks like EMI shielding tape (see it going over to the screw on the left?)

If you want to keep things cool, use this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ACIAU6YNB8H7B


http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php/768121-Laptop-Cooling-Pad-Recommendation


Worked great on an old laptop...dropped the temps 10 C! (I have it running in manual mode on the lowest fan setting.) It basically adds a "pull" fan to the "push" fan that's inside the laptop. If you have more than 1 heat vent, I would recommend one per vent.
 
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BlueNostromo

BlueNostromo

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M girlfriend got one of those and it dropped the temps on her laptop from 80C on the APU to 55C.... Massive decrease. I cant use that on my laptop sadly because the actual exhaust vents are at the hinge!!! Weirdest thing I have ever seen!
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ATMINSIDE

Sim Racing Aficionado Co-Owner
Joined
Jun 28, 2012
M girlfriend got one of those and it dropped the temps on her laptop from 80C on the APU to 55C.... Massive decrease. I cant use that on my laptop sadly because the actual exhaust vents are at the hinge!!! Weirdest thing I have ever seen!
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A lot of Ultrabook style laptops use vents at the hinge actually.