Chuwi Lapbook 14.1 / Lapbook 12.3 Copper Heatsink Mod Lower Max Temps By 25 Degrees!
Now we should never have to do this if manufacturers can get temperatures right, but this Apolo lake in 3450 gets quite hot when gaming up to 99 degrees. If you've seen my review of the Chui lat book 14.1, which is what I'm going to mod today so to start out, remove the eight screws on the bottom and then pry off the rear cover which I've already done so that will give you the internals. We need to go along here first and unplug the battery just so we don't shoot out anything in here and make sure that you are not touching your cat or anything like that earth yourself and if you can use an anti static bench and anti static gear. Anything you don't want to touch anything around here, short things out and just as a precautionary measure or a bit of a disclaimer here. Actually don't do this. If you do not know what you're doing you haven't opened up or done anything like this before and I'm, not responsible for you bricking your notebook burning, your house down, electrocuting yourself, whatever, okay, you do this all at your own risk. If you want to add an SSD, now is the time to do it, of course. So what you need to do is very simple, first there's a screw that was here, remove that screw screw it in here. This is adjust the counterweight for the whole notebook to stop it from tipping over.
It also adds strength, so I wouldn't remove this. I wouldn't get rid of it to try and save weight anyway, simply get your SSD, which has to be a m2 spec one, and I would use the 22 by 42 size and insert that and push that in like so that will sit flat. You can put the rail lid back on and you won't have any problems with that, an extra step. If you worried about this moving around, I think it will be fine in the slot, but you can put a piece of tape over the top here to hold that in place. So before you get started here, I have a copper shim. Now you can get these from eBay in all sorts of places, they're very cheap, and this dimension, the size of it is 20 millimeters by 20 millimeters one millimeter thick. I think this would work quite nicely. I have done this many times before so that's. What I'm going to put on top of the chipset and later I will get a thermal pad as well to put on the top here to transfer your heat away from the chipset on to the rear, which actually has this metal foil on it. They can help transfer heat, hopefully lower those temperatures by good 10 or 15 degrees that's. What I'm, after pry up the shielding here, this fuelled speed with the RAM emmc and the chipset so get that up. We'Ll get this out of the way there is the Apolo lake in 3450, there with a thermal pan on top of it and you'll notice, there's another thermal pad here on these two chips make sure you don't touch those they are needed.
Of course, now remove the thermal pad that was on there and then give it a clean now I'm using some exit clean, but you can use just alcohol to get rid of any residue on there. Now the thermal pad that was on there felt quite cheap to me and it was actually starting to degrade. A little is quite brittle. Now, once you have that clean enough put a little dollop of thermal paste I'm going to use mx4, but any kind of paste will do you don't need a super quality. One on that. This is only in a polar Lake, so I'm just going to put a tiny little pea sized bit on there. Now, if you go overboard, the kid don't worry too much about the exists, because it's not there's, nothing really too close, it's going to short out. So hopefully I don't put a stupid amount on, like I normally do it's quite tricky. That should do it it's. Looking like too much actually now, you could also use these thermal adhesive. Here might actually be a good idea to stop this thing from moving around so I'm going to place this on the top now and gently. Does it trying not to touch anything and short things out and then apply a little bit of pressure, give it a move around just so that moves the paste evenly fresh, put some pressure on this quite a bit of pressure actually and Music. That should do it.
Now going to put some somewhat adhesive on the top of this, so then it doesn't move when I put the shielding back on now to put a nice amount of thermal adhesive. This is what your thermal glue same thing on the top: a nice healthy amount. So it really sticks down nice and has good coverage whoops it's, moving around a little that's, probably enough, that's, actually quite a lot of put on there. We put the shielding back on more, like a heat spread as well to put this on the top. So obviously, because this is now secure, then the half a millimeter thermal pad that you see on there it's not going to sit down nice and flush. You'Re gon na have to probably apply quite a bit of pressure to that and push down quite hard in the middle to spread that thermal paste seems to be clipping in alright. Alright, I went a step further because I found out they've got like this heat insulator material on the top here, so we don't want that. We want to remove that so we can transfer the heat onto the back. So I got rid of that it's really hard to get off and you can see now it looks a little bit messy. I need to clean that up. Okay, so clean it up a little. It still doesn't look very good but I'm, not too worried because I'm not going to be looking at the internals of this.
Once I put this all back together, that's it I'm going to put now a 20 sorry, not 22 millimeters thick thermal pad here on the top about there in the middle that's, where the chipset is, I mean you could use the whole size of this. If you wanted to – but I don't think that's necessary I'm just going to put this here and so that will then have contact with that foil on the back of the lid about here transferring heat onto the back of the case. Of course, this is going to make the rear of the case get quite hot that's to be expected now, don't forget to plug the battery back in and when you put the red case on make sure you start at the bottom first clip that in and then Work your way around clipping, it back end, put the screws back in and it actually fits down perfectly fine there's, no bulge right there, where the thermal pad is so that should have good contact with the rear. Now, if the results are really good, I've been playing counter strike. I think now for about 5 10 minutes where it would have got up to at least 89 90 reason that time and it's hovering all the time around 59 61 really good results. Let'S have a look at HW info very quickly. I have that running in the background there so 62 degrees is, while 64 is the maximum in 10 minutes, where it would have got up to at least 90 before gaming and chemistry actually, as a result, feels a lot smoother so that thermal mod works really quite Well – and I think it's kind of a must, if you're going to get this and you want to game on it or you want maximum performance now, of course, the underside of it is heating up a lot more now, instead of 33 degrees, it's, now getting quite Warm up to about 38 and finally, after stressing it now for an hour, it has not gone over 70 degrees, so that proves that this mod does a fine job.
Indeed of lowering temperatures a huge amount over the stock solution, air. So best of luck with your own mods there once I've done this mod now I feel this is one of the best notebooks at the moment for the price that I have tested out of China, because now it's not getting too hot and it's got that good Screen on it, good battery life, decent keyboard, decent, build, make sure you check out my full review of this particular model.