Originally Posted by CardComp
All this talk about fan noise and such, does put teh thought into ones head of finding higher quality replacement fans to "mod" these heavy beasts. I noted in this thread talk about the fans being custom made for clevo, so I gather finding similar size, power req't, output fans is not a trivial matter. Since Clevo is in the business of mass producing these things to make money, its not too much of a stretch that they are using as inexpensive units as possible that meet a minimum spec. Anyone know of a replacement source for these things? I know I'd be willing to pay much more than a clevo to buy higher performing/more quiet fans if I knew of a reliable alternative...
I just finally made the plunge and ordered an 8790 equivalent. I went the route of a non-sager due to a couple of factors: 1) I wanted a 100% iron clad guarantee of no dead/stuck pixels, and I was willing to pay for it; 2) I just knew if I bought a Sager, the very first thing I would do is pull it apart and replace the thermal pad between the heatpipe and CPU with a premium thermal cmpd, and I'd fear voiding Sager's warrantee in doing so (hard for me to hold off tinkering with things);and 3) I've seen some of the paint jobs people have been getting on similar notebooks and thought I'd finally treat myself to a totally frivolous excess (I promise to post pics..). Time will tell whether or not the premium $$ I spent is worth it or not. FYI I ordered today, 3/26, initial expected ship date 4/25 (which according to my calendar is a Sunday, so little more than an automated "guessdate"). My current situation made the $$ and the extra delay less of a factor. The countdown begins...