Need best cooler pad and to take down my heat


Dec 20, 2016
I have an MSI Dominator Pro 17' gaming laptop. I modified it with Intel Core i7-4930MX, 768GB RAID 0 (3 x Samsung PM851 256GB mSATA SSD), Kingston HyperX 32GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1866MHz, etc. (Running Windows 7 Pro)

My problem is that it runs HOT! I just had my computer cleaned and Silicon MX4 applied. It dropped the heat down some, but when I play ESO the 4 cores in my CPU are averaging 85C and running up to a max of 93C. That's after I put brand new thermal paste!

Does anyone have any ideas how to lower this overheating problem?

I need the best laptop cooler pad; money is no object.

Do, I need to drill holes in the bottom of my laptop?

Do I need to use a different thermal paste?

Do I need to live in a freezer?

Thanks! (This is my baby, so thank you so much for your help!)


Dec 20, 2016
I applied Silicone MX4. Will buy the Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS.

Can see how that effects temp. The thermal paste already brought the temp down between 41C & 44C idle.


Dec 20, 2016

It was the MSI GT70 Dominator Pro 890 17.3". *New specs below:

4th Generation Intel Core i7 Extreme i7-4930MX Processor, 3.0 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.9GHz), 8MB Smart Cache - $700.00
Thermal Paste - IC Diamond on CPU + GPU
Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, 64bit, English, includes
Video Card - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
LCD Panel
17.3" 1920 x 1080 Full HD (16:9) LED Backlit Antiglare Type
Kingston HyperX 32GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1866MHz (4 x 8GB) - $305.00
mSATA SSD (takes place of primary hard drive bay)
768GB RAID 0 (3 x Samsung PM851 256GB mSATA SSD) - $845.00
2nd Hard Drive Bay
Empty HDD bay (with caddy/adapter)
Internal Optical/3rd HDD Bay
Dual Layer Blu-ray Burner (BR-R, DVD+-RW, CD-RW) - $50.00
Steel Series Gaming Backlit Color Changing Programmable 102 keys - U.S. English
Dynaudio Tech Speakers x 2 + Subwoofer x 1
MSI Front Lid Logo Color
White MSI Front Lid Logo
Battery Options
2 9 cell batteries - 7800mAh, 87Wh (1 Extra) - $150.00
Power Adapter
2 AC Power Adapters (supports 100-240V) - $75.00
Wireless Cards
Killer™ Wireless-N 1202 a/g/n 2x2 MIMO for Gaming & Video
Bluetooth 4.0 Included


If there are no vents on the underside of the laptop, then getting a cooling pad will not be of much help. Drilling holes is not a good idea because that will instantly void the warranty.

You will need to look at cooling fans that can be connected to the side vent to help lower the temperature. I have no experience with them, but below is an example.

If your laptop exhausts hot air out the back of the laptop rather than the side, then the above laptop cooler may not work. I suppose it depends on how thick the laptop is and how adjustable the clamp is.

The main issue with the MSI GT70 Dominator (I own one) line is the inadequate cooling solution. One fan for both CPU and GPU, instead of a separate fan for each. The laptop draws air in through the vents in the bottom, and exhausts the hot air out vents both on the back and side of the laptop.

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