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Also known as the GS70 Stealth, this 17" gaming laptop was released in summer 2013 by Micro-Star International. Identified by the model number MS-1772.

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Hi all,

I recently bought an MSI gaming laptop (the GS66) The performance and specs are generally find but the fan seems to make a lot of noise. You can adjust the settings to make it work less hard, but that makes the machine heat up too much when in gaming mode.

My question: Is there a high quality fan out there that I could replace the existing one with? One that performs better and makes less noise.

Keen to hear your insights and with kind regards, Jasper

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That’s a very useful response and some much appreciated suggestions. Many thanks Simone. I’ll bear all that in mind. The problem isn’t too big right now (as the laptop is only a few weeks old) but I fear it will get worse over time. Thanks again for the tips.

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Hello, I have the same laptop, and I have the same problem. I find that if you either undervolt it a little bit (in bios) it can positively affect heat while not affecting performance too much. There are a bunch of things you can do, you can get a mesh/collapsable laptop stand (won’t make the laptop quieter, but will keep it cooler) you can go into dragon center, go to user scenarios and change it to silent mode while not using it for gaming. The silent mode will throttle the fans to about 3000 RPM and will throttle performance if the CPU/GPU gets too hot. I also find that if you are just using the laptop for work and not running anything significantly hard on the laptop, you can go into user scenarios, go to the “user” tab (far right), and from there you can choose what temperature the fans turn on and what performance the computer runs. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TURN THE FANS COMPLETELY OFF WHEN THEY GET TO THE HOTTEST. I use the medium performance and have the fans gradually turn on when the computer gets to around 70C. The fans are loud, but they do a great job at keeping the computer from overheating too much, especially when the cooler boost is on. I would only use the computer for heavy gaming when you are able to have the fans decently loud, otherwise, you could thermally damage the computer and void the warranty. MSI has one of the best free warranties available and if you break the factory seal on the bottom it voids the whole thing. Unfortunately, MSI doesn’t have the same laws stopping them from doing something like that, as they are not based out of the United States. I hope this helped.

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Thanks Coby - that's a very useful and valuable response. It's also in line with the approach we've taken to date. It's a fine laptop really so the loud noise every now and then when the fan is working hard is actually perfectly acceptable. Thanks again for your guidance!

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This is just my 2 cents, but I would avoid messing with such a delicate component of my laptop if not strictly necessary. I would first try a software solution like OS optimization and registry tweaking followed by benchmarking (there are many utilities for that on Windows). You can also create BIOS profiles to experiment with etc. Of course removing dust/debris stuck in the air cooling system will also help. A further step could be a light/moderate undervolt+overclock, still being extremely careful and keeping in mind this procedure will definitely void your warranty, just like a fan replacement would. Obviously you'll want to monitor your laptop temperatures and go one little step at a time

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That’s a very useful response and some much appreciated suggestions. Many thanks Simone. I’ll bear all that in mind. The problem isn’t too big right now (as the laptop is only a few weeks old) but I fear it will get worse over time. Thanks again for the tips.

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You're welcome. For a better gaming experience you can try enabling 'Game mode', lower Windows visual effects ('best performance' option) and enable High performance power plan (drains battery faster)

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