In today’s review, we will analyze one of the gaming laptop releases in 2016, the extremely powerful ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71
Buying a gaming laptop is a serious invesment. The analysis of the hardware are extremely vital to determine how fast you will be able to run games on your newest machine. In the case of the ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 hardware power is not a problem, but let’s analyze it in depth to understand how versatile this machine is.
ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 Overview
According to this article on ASUS website, the ASUS ROG brand, after 10 years of its launch, is the best selling PC gaming brand in both US and Russian markets. This just shows how the Republic of Gamers niche brand of ASUS is dedicated to deliver excellent products, built especially for those who love gaming.
The ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 is part of the new Strix series of devices which features not only laptops, but also motherboards and headsets. As the previous ASUS ROG laptops, this one brings the newest in high-end hardware components, all this tuned up to create the best gaming machines.
ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 Hardware
The key hardware component of every gaming laptop is its processor. Its strictly crucial that a gaming laptop is powered by a quad core laptop, in order to handle all the complex processes that heavy games require. In the case of the GL502VT-DS71 it is the i7-6700HQ processor that has been selected. It is one of the fastest laptop processors in 2016, and is ready to run virtually all games released so far.
Apart from the processor, the video card is the second most important hardware component on a gaming PC. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M on this laptop is a high-end dedicated graphics card with 3GB VRAM, and it has an extremely high benchmark, which can be checked here.
A gaming laptop should also have plenty of RAM, and this laptop comes with 16GB. This is ideal and you will not have to expand your RAM, which is often necessary if you buy a gaming laptop with 8GB and expect to play heavy games like Fallout 4 or The Division.
ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 Highlights
Apart from a great hardware setup, there are some other interesting technical aspects on this gaming laptop.
It has an interesting cooling system, with 2 fans, cooling the CPU and the GPU independently. This is crucial as heavy games may often cause the processor and the GPU to overheat.
It’s 15.6″ display (which I consider the ideal size for laptops) has a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and a 160 degrees wide view panel, which guarantees its image quality from a good angle range.
ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 or GL502VT-DS74
These two versions are quite similar, being the main differences between the GL502VT-DS71 and the GL502VT-DS74 on its video card and storage. While the GL502VT-DS71 has a 1TB HDD, he GL502VT-DS74 has 1TB HDD plus a solid state drive with 128 GB, which can be quite handy.
The GL502VT-DS71 and the GL502VT-DS74 have the same video card, but the GL502VT-DS71 has just 3GB VRAM while the GL502VT-DS74 has 6GB VRAM.
Where to buy your ASUS ROG Strix Gaming Laptop?
ASUS ROG STRIX 15.6″ GL502VT-DS71 FHD Gaming Laptop, NVIDIA GTX970M 3GB VRAM, 16 GB DDR4, 1 TB HDD
Display: 15.6″ Full HD
RAM: 16 GB
Storage: 1TB HDD