Asus Laptop RepairAsus ROG GL502VM

ASUS ROG GL502VM Disassembly and SSD, HDD, RAM upgrade options

The ASUS ROG GL502VM features an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 graphics card and comes with a 15.6 inch IPS FHD screen, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD.
The biggest feature of this game laptop is to upgrade the graphics card to NVIDIA’s latest Pascal GTX 10 series graphics card: GTX1060, its performance stronger than GTX970 desktop graphics and GTX980M notebook graphics, it is currently the best mobile graphics performance than the energy consumption.

It uses a sinking shaft design. All the ports are concentrated on both sides of the fuselage. Among them, the left side of the ROG GL502VM provides power jack, RJ-45, Mini DP, HDMI, USB 3 and USB TYPE-C port.

The right side of the fuselage provides headphone jack, 2 USB3.0, card reader (support MMC/SDHC/SDXC) and security keyhole. For a 15.6-inch game laptop, the number of ROG GL502VM interface is relatively rich.

In this guide, we are going to show you how to remove and upgrade the SSD, RAM, and HDD on ASUS ROG GL502VM

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1. Removing the bottom case

Remove all visible screws from the bottom case.
Insert a pick under the bottom case. Slide the pick along the bottom case to take off the bottom case.

Under the bottom case, you can get access to the battery, SSD, HDD, Wi-Fi card, RAM, speaker, heat sink, cooling fan, and motherboard.

It features a 15.2V, 64Wh Li-ion battery.

2. ASUS ROG GL502VM RAM upgrade & Install

The laptop comes with 8GB DDR4-2133MHz RAM onboard and has a spare RAM slot. You can install an 8GB or 16GB DDR4-2133MHz RAM, and the laptop supports up to 24GB DDR4 RAM.

3. ASUS ROG GL502VM M.2 PCIe SSD upgrade & Removal

Although the ROG GL502VM’s M.2 slot supports PCIe 3.0 and NVMe protocol, and the price of the laptop is not cheap, but ASUS is still only equipped with an M.2 SATA SSD.
Here’s Samsung 128GB CM871 SSD.

4. ASUS ROG GL502VM hard drive upgrade & Removal

Remove four screws and lift up the hard drive module. You can remove the hard drive.

The laptop comes with a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive. If necessary, you can replace it with a big capacity hard drive or 2.5″ SSD.

5. Removing the wireless card

Remove one screw securing the wireless card.
Unplug two antenna cables from the wireless card and take the card out of its slot.
Intel 8260NGW Wi-Fi card, the rate of 867MBPS, it supports 2.4G/5GHZ dual-band, M.2 port.

6. Removing the heat sink and cooling fan

ASUS ROG GL502VM’s cooling module uses the dual fan and three copper pipes design, CPU and GPU are covered by two heat pipes, there is a heat pipe connected to the heat sink of the fans. Unscrew the screws will be able to remove the fan and heatsink, clean the dust is very easy.

The GL502VM keyboard, screen, cooling fan, and adapter are available in our parts store.


David Tian

David is the editor @ MyFixGuide. He loves technology, especially good at laptops and mobile phones. In his free time, he loves to take apart the latest mobile phones and laptops.

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  1. I need help. I tried to clean my gl502vm coolers, but when I tried to remove the cooler that is next to the wi-fi module, I could not, because it was stuck to the metal underneath it, which was fixed to the motherboard. Should it be like this? Because I can see that piece of metal on the images in this post, and can I remove it from the laptop?

    1. That’s the heat sink, it’s a complete component with the fan, you need to remove the fan and heat sink from the motherboard together.

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