ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS71 Gaming Laptop Review

July 14, 2016
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The most important thing for a gaming laptop is to have smooth and fast-rendering FPS on every game you play. If you toss in enough money, such a requirement is surely fulfilled and the player is happy. So let’s ask, what is the situation with ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS71? Is it sufficient for keeping those frame rates high or not…

What can it do for a gamer?

There’s hardly any laptop that has better graphics than ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS71. By that I mean, this one is equipped with GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB video RAM. It’s a top-notch card, aiming for high FPS is not a problem. Here are some examples you can expect:

– Fallout 4, ultra and 1080p, ~60FPS
– GTA 5, very high and 1080p, +60FPS
– The Witcher 3, ultra and 1080p, +30FPS

Keep in mind VR (Oculus Rift etc.) is not supported.

How about other performance?

Not a surprise, the other components in the engine room are pristine too. The processor is Intel Core i7-6700HQ, a quad-core chip that’s often seen in these high-end gaming machines. Its clock speed is 2.6GHz and turbo a nice 3.5GHz. In case you’re interested, the CPU Mark score it gets is around 8000. Any software you’re planning to run will be not an issue, trust me. Also the 16GB DDR4 memory is excellent, and you can even upgrade that to 32GB if you want.

In the storage section you will find two drives: a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive and a 128GB M.2 solid-state drive. You can change the both drives if you wish, and you can use NVMe M.2 also if replacing the SSD.

What ports and connections are included?

ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS71 comes with many connections, just like a heavy gaming laptop should. There are HDMI and miniDisplayPort included for video outputs, and for hooking up devices three USB 3.0 ports and one USB-C Gen 2. You can use the Gigabit RJ-45 jack for networking or opt for the WiFi card which supports 802.11ac standard and Bluetooth 4.0.

Without an external optical drive you can’t install games from discs – this laptop doesn’t have a DVD burner There’s however card reader if you want to use memory cards.

Miscellaneous yet important features & benefits

I’ll let you know the following keywords on this 15.6″ screen: Full HD, IPS, matte, G-Sync supported. Thus, the display of ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS71 is excellent: a lot of screen estate is offered and you can use the 1080p resolution all the time because of the fast graphics card.

I’m afraid you won’t get the advertised 6 hour operating time on the 4-cell battery. Most likely, it’s around 3.5 hours for non-gaming use.

The keyboard is backlit, just as you could expect for this price.


ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS71 is currently one of the most expensive gaming laptops, keep that in mind. It will put a heavy strain on your wallet. On the other hand, you will also experience fast performance with every current (and upcoming 2016/2017) game, thanks to the GTX980M graphics card. There’s not much more an avid player really needs, so if you’re in possession of all the cash it requires, I’d recommend getting this ASUS.

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