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Asus UX501 Disassembly and SSD, RAM upgrade options

In this guide, I’ll explain how to disassemble Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 to remove the bottom case, battery, SSD, RAM, wireless card, cooling fan and motherboard. Refer to this guide. You can repair your Asus ZenBook Pro UX501.

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Remove all screws securing the bottom case.

Remove the rubber mat. You can find the hidden screw.
Remove four hidden screws.

Pry up and remove the bottom case.

When the bottom case was removed, you can get access to the internal components, including battery, SSD, RAM, speaker, wireless card, heat sink and cooling fan.

To protect the hardware, we should remove the battery first.
Disconnect the battery power cable from the motherboard.
Remove all screws securing the battery.

Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 comes with an 11.4v, 96wh Li-ion battery, Asus model: C32N1415.

In the next step, we will remove SSD, RAM and wireless card.

Remove one screw securing the SSD and takes it out from the M.2 slot.

The Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 features a Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 SSD.

Separate two clips, the RAM will popup.

The Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 comes with a Samsung 8GB PC3L 12800S RAM.

Remove one screw.
Disconnect two wireless antenna cables.

Azurewave AR5B22-SB wireless card

Remove the yellow cable. The cable is used for connecting the motherboard and USB board.

Remove all screws securing the heat sink and cooling fan.
Disconnect two cables from the motherboard.

The yellow label is Asus warranty label. If you damaged it, you may avoid the warranty.

Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 comes with a dual copper pipe heat sink and dual cooling fan.

Remove all cables connecting the motherboard, including LCD cable, touchpad cable, keyboard cable, speaker cable.
Remove all screws securing the motherboard.

Remove all screws securing the LCD hinges (left and right LCD hinges).

IntelĀ® Core™ i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz processor (6M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz) with IntelĀ® HD Graphics 4600
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card

SK Hynix graphics memory onboard

When the motherboard removed, you can get access touchpad and keyboard.

USB board

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  1. Nice, I am glad it is relatively easy to take a part. So can be good to buy used, get a new battery for it, a 4TB SSD for cheap (years from now), max out the RAM.

    Does it just have 1 RAM module slot so I’d get one 16GB DDR3 module for it?

    1. Found a really good sale on this laptop (30% off an already discounted price). Didn’t open mine up (needs a Torx 5 screwdriver). But from all the pics, there’s only 1 RAM module slot. And only one M.2 SSD drive slot.

      The USB 3.0 ports will be handy for an external drive. USB 3.0 tops out at 5Gbps vs SATA III at 6Gbps. An SSD external drive over USB 3.0 can read/write at 200-300+ MBps according to this 2014 video.

      Really, the only letdown so far is the 1MP webcam. Not even full HD!

      1. I hear that it has a glossy display, how is it outside on a sunny day?
        Also with some laptops, when the screen brightness is set to full on battery power and on wall power, even then, when you unplug the laptop, the screen brightness goes down a bit. Is that true for this laptop?

        1. The display is very glossy. It’s bright enough to be used outside but the reflections will make it very difficult. Probably not the best choice for outdoor use.

          By default, the display brightness is lower for battery power. But when I set brightness to max for both battery and wall power, I couldn’t notice any difference when switching from one to the other.

          In my opinion, the screen looks very nice. The colors are very sharp and I like that it’s a touchscreen. But I know that some people don’t like glossy screens like this.

          1. Thanks. Probably better outdoors than my crappy CCFL backlit Asus G50VT laptop glossy display. How far back does the lid go? Can it hinge back towards parallel? Thx

          2. A bit disappointing that it can’t lay flat. There are a lot of interesting things to do with a touchscreen that lays flat. It can fold back about 30 degrees. If you look at the first image in this article, the screen is almost as far back as it will go. Nonetheless it is a big upgrade from what I had before.

      2. I would rather have a decent internal SSD say 2TB than slugging along an external one. My version only has 256 GB SSD so it is really small. I will upgrade to a larger SSD as soon as the price is attractive enough.

        Question is how do you transfer/clone the content of the existing SSD to a new one – via the USB 3 with an adapter ? – That was the way I upgrade my 2 .5 in internal HD on my MSI note book using Segate software (only works on Seagate HD)

        1. Hi San,

          I have updated recently to the Samsung EVO 850 SSD M.2 from the Microm M600 256 GB M.2, that my version had. To clone the content of my previous SSD, I needed a box for SSDs M.2 with USB 3.1, in your case, if It is a normal SSD you could buy an USB 3 adapter for It. After that I cloned the content using the own migration tool from Samsung, and when this finished, I only had to replace the old SSD m.2 with the new one.

          After that you can use the SSD m.2 as an external SSD, or in your case the normal SSD.

          I hope that this will be usefull for you.

          1. Thanks – I think mine has a M.2 too I will have to get an M.2 USB 3 adapter – Currently a 500gb Samsung 850 EVO M.2 ssd cost $AUD225 and the 1GB version 960EVO costs $AUD629 so I may have to wait a bit more time

          2. Just opened mine today, it only has one (1) slot for a 8GB single DDR3 1.5 volt SODIMM – I am not sure the system will support a single DDR3 16GB – plenty of single DDR4 16GB not many DDR3 16GB. Also confirm mine version comes with a Micron 256 GB M600 M.2 SATA

  2. I bought this months ago… for professional purpose in photo archiving optimization and editing. I noticed immediately the BIG issue of yellow color shifted to green… There is no way to get a normal yellow. Even after change display, cable and motherboard from Asus service.
    Even worst, the service returned my Zenbook with 2 new defects: no more memory card and keyboard backlit working.
    What can I do to fix by myself these two problems? I opened the case and i noticed that cables seems to be properly connected to related cards.
    Thanks for answers

  3. hi. has someone already tried to get the 4k display working in the full-hd version of the ux501 ??? i think the systemboard is quiet the same … question is, if the cable connecting from the mainboard will work with the 4k panel as well .. has someone tried it out ??? thanks for your answeres.

  4. I have the UX501JW, seems I can’t go higher the 16Ram & 512 HD, not sure why?, I seeing videos on upgrading the ram to 24Ram no problem. BIOS sees the 24gb, however, Windows 10 only sees the onboard 8gb. Same with the HD external 1TB clones perfectly, however not being picked up in the BIOS.

    1. Hi,
      I have the UX501V Notebook Pc. Wanted to know how high can I upgrade Internal SSD, as I know they’re only one slot so I suppose I have to buy a bigger SSD for replacing.
      Same for RAM, I seem there just 1 slot. Do you know what`s the highest this machine support?

      Thanks in advance
      01V Notebook Pc. Wanted to know definitely

  5. AIDA says the motherboard support up to 32GB memory DDR3-1600. So 16GB in one accessible slot must be fine. Including 8GB of integrated memory, it will be 24GB totally,

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