ASUS ROG Strix GL502 Gaming Notebook Review – GL502VS-DB71

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ASUS ROG Strix GL502 Gaming Notebook Review

Last month we were on hand at a press event that NVIDIA held when they announced the GeForce GTX 10-series of GPUs was coming to notebooks. While we were excited to hear about how NVIDIA was able to stuff full desktop version Pascal GPUs into gaming notebooks for unreal performance. The power savings NVIDIA achieved by moving to the 16nm FinFET manufacturing process means that gaming notebooks are going to be better than ever. In fact, NVIDIA has said that all the GeForce GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 graphics solutions that are going into gaming notebooks will be VR-ready and are up to 76% faster than the previous Maxwell-based GPUs that are now being replaced. We got a chance to try some notebooks with the GeForce GTX-10 series GPUs and were blown away by them despite having early drivers. The bad part was is that we had to leave the event sans and notebook and source a review unit on our own.

GeForce GTX 10-Series Notebook GPUs

The good news is that our friends over at ASUS was able to hook us up with an ROG Strix GL502VS-DB71 15.6″ gaming notebook that is now available to purchase online for $1699. The ASUS ROG Strix GL502 gaming laptop has been around for a number of months and has gotten a reputation as being one of the best all-around gaming laptops on the market. If you already own one you might as well stop reading as everything from this point on is going to be upsetting.

ASUS GL502VS Gaming Notebook

ASUS has taken the GL502VT gaming notebook and made a number of key improvements despite the fact that it’s only been out a few months. For starters the GeForce GTX-900 series graphics have been replaced by the newer GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs, you have an NVMe PCIe SSD instead of an M.2 SATA III SSD and the USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port has been updated to a Gen 2 USB 3.1 Type-C port. This means you have faster graphics, storage and USB interfaces in the latest GL502VS gaming notebook!

The ASUS ROG Strix GL502 can be configured with other components and will be sold with other part numbers. The ASUS GL502VS-DB71 is priced at $1,699.00 shipped from Amazon (about £1299 or $2,250 AUD) and is the model that we will be benchmarking today. Here are the full specs of this specific model:

GL502VS-DB71
Processor Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.5GHz)
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Memory 16GB DDR4 2133 MHz (up to 32GB)
Display 15.6″ FHD 1980 x 1080 G-SYNC with 160-degree viewing angle
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
Storage 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD
Card Reader 2-in-1 Card Reader
Camera 1280×720 HD Webcam
Networking Intel 8260 2×2 802.11ac
Built-in Bluetooth V4.2
Gigabit Ethernet jack
I/O 1x Combo audio jack
1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)
3x USB 3.0
1x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1x HDMI 2.0
1x AC adapter plug
Audio Dual 2W 18mm speakers
Battery 62Wh 4-cell Lithium-Ion
Power Adapter 180W
Input : 100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Dimensions (WxDxH) 15.35 x 10.47 x 1.2 inch
Weight 4.9 lbs

At just 1.2” thick and 15.35” x 10.47” in size and 4.85 lbs in weight, the ASUS ROG Strix GL502 15.6″ gaming notebook doesn’t really feel that cumbersome. The bulky gaming notebooks from a decade ago are long gone and now are seeing compact and potent gaming notebooks coming to market.

 

The ASUS ROG Strix GL502 has been around for 4-5 months, so we’ll spare you the basic details and just get straight to performance. The image gallery above shows all the ASUS stock photos that feature all the sides of the notebook. When it comes to I/O you’ll find a combo microphone-in/headphone-out audio jack, an SD card reader, three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.0 Type-C port, one Ethernet port, and HDMI and mini DisplayPort outputs.

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  • Jeslyn Aritama

    thanks for sharing i thing this is good.
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    thanks i want to buy. this good review i think

  • tell me some good Laptop for gaming purpose

  • Jonky

    Your only dislike is the battery life???In a gaming laptop??Really guys??? What about the 60hz refresh rate???? With 60hz you wont be able to take full advantage of the GTX 1070 (unless using an external monitor with high refresh rates which will also cost extra),it is a gaming laptop after all. In that case you can save a couple hundred $ and get the GTX 1060 version with that 60hz screen, its perfectly fine and you wont notice any difference.

    • 666-san

      but long term you won’t need to invest in a new laptop for another half a decade, even at 60ghz, games will get more demanding at the highest settings eventually

      so long term the extra money (especially seeing the price of this thing drop makes it worthwhile compared to its 1060 counterpart) is going to make itself worth while

  • Jory Ferrell

    Removable battery though?

  • Maxim

    Macbook Pro Retina 2012 – JetStream score in safari 185 🙂

  • This one is awesome. Asus ROG Strix GL502VS is best gaming laptop.
    From: http://www.gadgetsloud.com

  • Daniel

    When compared to the Sager NP-8153-s which is also cheaper, which one would you think wins the cake?

    • Hank Terrebrood

      Sager is possibly 2 hours battery at ~6lbs..meh.

      This minute: an ASUS ROG is 1612 for the same machine at Sager @ 1629

      If you can’t afford the alienware or origin for better battery performance, I suppose the ASUS or Sager are pretty close if you add a pound of crap in the ASUS backpack.