Originally Posted by bubbleman
The laptop fan motors were not designed to be run under negative load. They will not last if you blow air thru them. Thats why active coolers suck, not blow. If you want, you can try a passive heat pipe type cooler, doesn't suck.
Ok, maybe you know something I don't know, but that just doesn't make sense to me and I am just trying to understand why...
You have lowered the resistance on the fan, so it is not "working" as hard (thus not wearing on the motor as much). It is going to be cooler it self because you are blowing air on it (again thus not wearing on the motor as much). The whole notebook unit is cooler which will extend it's life...
Only reason I could see, is it will probably spin faster due to the negative load - depending on several factors.
I've been using a Bytec cooler on mine for a year now and seen nothing negative. Granted it's a lowly overheating HP Athalon 1800+ POS though and I don't think it blows directly into any fan. But it would hit 210 play AOM in a 76-78 degree room before the Bytec and about 155 with the Bytec. I am not saying that is proof of nothing will happen, but I am not so sure how negative the impact is - if there is one. BTW - up until last month the laptop was on 14+ hours a day.
Don't know about the Antec - I've been tempted to pick one up. I do know about the Bytec. It works great. But you want to use it on a desk. I don't like the open fan setup on it. But I would get one again in a heartbeat. I got mine off of e-bay at the time. It was about $5 cheaper (with S&H) then through anywhere I could find it on the web.