Originally Posted by gato
You can adjust the fan usage through the built-in Power Meter application (in the "Vaio power management" tab). The factory default is "5 - performance", which allows it to expel the most amount of heat. "1" is quiet. I have it at "2". The fan's now much quieter. Since the S360 runs much cooler than all the laptops I tried in the showroom (HP DV1170, PowerBook), I think it's fairly harmless to set the fan at the quieter end of the spectrum. Once you do that, the fan is NOT an issue at all. The machine overall probably will run quieter than other laptops you've seen.
I've had a couple Vaio S laptops, including the S360 I'm typing this on, and the VAIO Power Management cpu fan control doesn't do a thing. The fan will always come on when the cpu temp reaches 40c (regardless of fan setting) and will continue to get louder the more cpu intensive you get.
BTW, the laptop almost always runs above 40c, not a bad thing at all, so in turn the fan is always on...quite annoying!
Why keep an annoying laptop with the fan on 90% of the time, b/c it's a damn sweet piece of kit and I've gotten used to the noise.
What....who....what was that you said
P.S. Maybe underclocking the 9700M would keep the fan from coming on?
P.S.S. Those 3dmark01 scores look dismal. I get 10k+ easy.