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Asus FX502VM-AS73 Notebook Review

No-frills gaming. The FX502VM offers nearly everything that comes with the GL502VM without significantly impacting performance. The SKU with the lowest-end TN display, however, should be avoided due to its very poor contrast.

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In a similar manner to how the MSI GE series is a cutdown version of the more expensive GT series with the same chassis largely intact, the FX502VM is a watered down version of the GL502VM. This is the same chassis almost verbatim save for some slight changes to the ports and color scheme. As such, we recommend checking out our existing review of the GL502VM for more information on the chassis and its features as nearly all of our comments carry over.

Has the FX502VM made any other changes under the hood to reach those lower starting prices of $1000 or $1100 USD? Asus has surgically removed a few hardware features that potential buyers should be aware of, though they fortunately all have no major impact on gaming performance. In this review, we'll go over the minute differences between the FX502VM and its pricier GL502VM twin.

Asus FX502VM-AS73 (FX Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 3072 MB, Core: 1404 MHz, Memory: 8008 MHz, GDDR5, 373.19
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4, 8 GB soldered, 8 GB SODIMM, dual-channel, 17-17-17-39
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, TN LED, ID: BOE069C, Name: BOE NT156FHM-N41, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A, 256 GB 
, Secondary: Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio combo, Card Reader: SD-card reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23,5 x 390 x 266 ( = 0.91 x 15.35 x 10.47 in)
Battery
64 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MyAsus, Asus Giftbox, McAfee, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.57 kg ( = 90.65 oz / 5.67 pounds), Power Supply: 660 g ( = 23.28 oz / 1.46 pounds)
Price
1250 USD

 

Case

Inner bezel is not completely flat against the screen edge
Inner bezel is not completely flat against the screen edge

The jet black chassis of the FX502VM contrasts the silver and orange found on higher-end ROG models like the G75x or G701 series. Its build quality is otherwise identical to the GL502VM including its relatively strong base and rigid hinges. Pushing down on the palm rests or center of the keyboard will warp the surfaces just slightly and shouldn't be a cause for concern. Attempting to twist the base will result in slight creaking and visible warping as well, but this is again minimal. The lid flexes a tad too easily for our liking and we're hoping that a proper successor or redesign will alleviate the issue.

We can observe no unintended gaps or crevices between materials on our test unit with the exception of the inner display bezel as shown by the image to the right. Certain areas around the inner bezel protrude from the edges of the screen, which is something we've observed on certain MSI and Clevo units in the past as well. This doesn't impact the overall build quality of the unit, though it's a thorn on an otherwise sleek design.

The GL/FX502VM chassis sits in between the big guys like the MSI GT62VR or Alienware 15 R3 and the superthin ones like the MSI GS63VR, Razer Blade Pro, or even Asus' own G501 series in terms of size and weight. The thinner MSI option offers the same CPU and GPU as our Asus at very tangible drawbacks including noisier fans, overall warmer temperatures, and much higher prices. This makes the FX502VM a good option for those who still want a relatively portable gaming notebook without spending an arm and a leg on a Razer or Aorus.

Connectivity

Available interfaces are identical to the GL502VM save for the omission of the USB Type-C port. This may irk some hardcore gamers, but the target mainstream audience for the FX series will more likely be indifferent about the missing port. The rest of the ports are easy to reach and are divided rather evenly between the two sides of the notebook. No ports are on the rear due to the proximity of the heat pipes along the edge and the surplus of ventilation grilles.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: 3.5 mm combo audio, 2x USB 3.0, SD reader, Kensington Lock
Right: 3.5 mm combo audio, 2x USB 3.0, SD reader, Kensington Lock
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: AC adapter, Gigabit RJ-45, mDP, HDMI, USB 3.0
Left: AC adapter, Gigabit RJ-45, mDP, HDMI, USB 3.0

SD Card Reader

The integrated card reader provides a real-world transfer rate of about 80 MB/s with our Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II SD test card. This is compared to well over 100 MB/s on flagship machines like the XPS 15 9550 or the MSI GT series. Transferring 1 GB worth of photos to desktop will take roughly 13 seconds.

The card reader slot itself is not spring-loaded and is not very deep inside of the chassis, either. A fully inserted SD card will still protrude by more than half its length from the edge of the notebook, so care should be taken to not accidentally bend or break the card.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 15-9550 i7
121 MB/s ∼100% +54%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
80.3 MB/s ∼66% +2%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
78.8 MB/s ∼65%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 15-9550 i7
211 MB/s ∼100% +143%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
89.5 MB/s ∼42% +3%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
86.9 MB/s ∼41%

Communication

The FX502VM ships with the same Intel 8260 WLAN + Bluetooth module as the GL502VM. Our networking test results are faster than on our GL-class SKU likely due to background activity and other programs that may have been interfering at the time of testing. Regardless, we still recorded stable transfer rates with no connectivity issues during regular use.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alienware 15 R3
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
681 MBit/s ∼100% +26%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
541 MBit/s ∼79%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
331 MBit/s ∼49% -39%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alienware 15 R3
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
560 MBit/s ∼100% +9%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
513 MBit/s ∼92%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
468 MBit/s ∼84% -9%

Accessories

Included extras are a cable tie and warranty. There are no USB or HDMI adapters included with the retail box.

Maintenance

The entire bottom panel can be detached quite easily with a small Philips screwdriver and a sharp edge. Unsurprisingly, the internals are nearly identical to that of our last GL502VM test unit. Users can easily replace the M.2 SSD, 2.5-inch drive, M.2 2232 WLAN card, and the single 1x DDR4 SODIMM slot. Access to the BIOS battery may require additional disassembly.

Warranty

The standard one-year manufacturer limited warranty applies to both the notebook and battery. CUKUSA will also cover any components installed by the reseller for three years including storage drives and RAM modules.

Asus FX502VM
Asus FX502VM
Asus GL502VM
Asus GL502VM

Input Devices

Keyboard

The backlit chiclet keyboard is the standard Asus ROG fare. The keys provide a travel of 1.6 mm with quiet and relatively firm feedback when pressed. When compared to our recently reviewed XPS 15 9560, the keys on the Asus clatter less and do not wiggle side-to-side as easily. Key feedback is not as firm as on the MSI GT series or the aforementioned Dell, but satisfactory nonetheless.

A three-level red backlight comes standard. We're still not fans of the placement of the Power button as it sits cautiously close to the commonly used "PgDn" and "-" keys. Additional macro or auxiliary keys would have also been appreciated much like on the G75x series or the MSI GT/GE series.

Touchpad

The reasonably sized (~10.5 x 7.5 cm) clickpad functions as intended and is equally responsive around its edges and corners as it is towards the center. While glide is smooth, the matte surface accumulates grease very quickly.

The major downside to the clickpad is that its bottom half depresses too easily and feels spongier than its top half as a result. Simply applying light pressure to the clickpad for cursor control will cause the surface to sink slightly. This squishy travel negatively impacts the otherwise firm integrated mouse keys.

Backlit keyboard with relatively quiet keys
Backlit keyboard with relatively quiet keys
Clickpad rattles slightly when pressed
Clickpad rattles slightly when pressed

Display

The display is the major differentiating factor between the FX502VM and the pricier GL502VM. Whereas the two FHD display options for the GL502VM are IPS with either 72 percent or 94 percent NTSC color coverage, the FX502VM scraps the 94 percent NTSC option in favor of a more inexpensive 45 percent NTSC option. This lower-end TN display is what we have here on our test unit and it is very disappointing especially for a gaming notebook. Contrast ratio is very low (300:1), the backlight brightness is subpar, and gamut is disappointingly narrow. This same BOE NT156FHM-N41 panel can also be found on the Dell Vostro 15 5568 and Acer TravelMate P449-M, both of which also exhibit poor display characteristics.

Subjectively, the combination of poor contrast levels and narrow color gamut results in blacks looking too gray and colors appearing muted. Text and images are otherwise sharp with just a slight graininess to the overall matte display. Blacklight bleeding is relatively even, but major shifts in grayscale can be observed as is common on cheap TN panels.

Shifting grays as is typical of TN panels
Shifting grays as is typical of TN panels
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
206.8
cd/m²
206.5
cd/m²
203.4
cd/m²
200.3
cd/m²
209.5
cd/m²
207.6
cd/m²
196.2
cd/m²
214.2
cd/m²
200.5
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 214.2 cd/m² Average: 205 cd/m² Minimum: 22.01 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 209.5 cd/m²
Contrast: 304:1 (Black: 0.69 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.7 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | - Ø
56.6% sRGB (Argyll) 36.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.23
Asus FX502VM-AS73
TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Alienware 15 R3
HPJGK_B156HTN (AUO51ED), TN, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD046F), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
Sharp SHP1453 LQ156M1, LED IGZO IPS InfinityEdge, 15.6, 1920x1080
Gigabyte P55W v7
LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD046F), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
29%
-21%
-112%
-21%
-47%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
28.4 (11.2, 17.2)
25 (12, 13)
12%
37 (16, 21)
-30%
54 (33.2, 20)
-90%
37 (15, 22)
-30%
42 (19.2, 22.8)
-48%
Response Time Black / White *
22.4 (6, 16.4)
12 (4, 8)
46%
25 (4, 21)
-12%
52.4 (33.2, 19.2)
-134%
25 (5, 20)
-12%
32.8 (6, 26.8)
-46%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-21%
39%
51%
38%
44%
Brightness
205
382
86%
311
52%
392
91%
289
41%
301
47%
Brightness Distribution
92
93
1%
85
-8%
89
-3%
87
-5%
88
-4%
Black Level *
0.69
0.39
43%
0.3
57%
0.26
62%
0.29
58%
0.33
52%
Contrast
304
990
226%
1033
240%
1538
406%
990
226%
933
207%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.7
10.2
-117%
4.82
-3%
4.9
-4%
4.92
-5%
4.5
4%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.8
11.28
-527%
3.94
-119%
7.2
-300%
3.66
-103%
2.9
-61%
Gamma
2.23 108%
2.23 108%
2.45 98%
2.11 114%
2.32 103%
2.22 108%
CCT
6975 93%
11383 57%
6877 95%
6911 94%
6482 100%
1136 572%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36.2
59
63%
54
49%
64.2
77%
54
49%
55.4
53%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56.6
90
59%
83
47%
98.9
75%
82
45%
84.8
50%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
4% / -11%
9% / 27%
-31% / 18%
9% / 26%
-2% / 25%

* ... smaller is better

Color coverage is poor at about 57 percent of the sRGB standard or 36 percent of AdobeRGB. Cheaper TN panels typically fall in the 60 percent sRGB range compared to 80 percent or more on many IPS panels, so this is indicative of a budget panel on the FX502VM. The comparison graph below illustrates just how much narrower the color space of the FX502VM is compared to the GL502VM. While this doesn't necessarily impact gaming performance, the gaming experience could certainly be better.

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. Asus GL502VM
vs. Asus GL502VM

Further display measurements with a X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal good grayscale and color balance out of the box, so an end-user calibration will not dramatically improve the display any further. This is perhaps the only redeeming quality about the panel when compared to other notebooks with IPS displays. Colors still grow more inaccurate the higher the saturation level due to imperfect sRGB coverage.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 16.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 22 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
28.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11.2 ms rise
↘ 17.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 55 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8469 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Both outdoor visibility and viewing angles are poor on our configuration. The backlight is nowhere near bright enough for comfortable use outdoors even when on its maximum brightness setting and when sitting under shade. The poor viewing angles hinder it further with noticeable color shifting if not viewing almost directly at the screen.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Narrow viewing angles
Narrow viewing angles

Performance

Core CPU options are again identical to the GL502VM with a choice of either the Core i5-7300HQ or the i7-7700HQ and with DDR4 RAM up to 24 GB. Both of the 45 W quad-core processors are sufficient for mainstream gaming and make for a good balance with the GPU. Speaking of the GPU, the GTX 1060 is the only option thus far on the notebook, though we wouldn't be surprised to see GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 options on the FX series further down the line.

It's worth noting that the GTX 1060 in the FX502VM comes with half the VRAM of the GTX 1060 in the GX502VM (3 GB GDDR5 vs. 6 GB GDDR5). Fortunately, our graphics benchmarks in the next few sections show this to be largely inconsequential to average frame rates when gaming at 1080p.

Processor

CPU performance from the Kaby Lake i7-7700HQ is not significantly faster than the Skylake i7-6700HQ or even the Broadwell i7-5700HQ. CineBench benchmarks show the Kaby Lake processor to be within just single-digit percentage points of the aforementioned Skylake and Broadwell CPUs in both single- and multi-threaded workloads. Users can expect a sizable jump in raw CPU power of about 15 to 30 percent if moving up to the mobile i7-7820HK or desktop i7-6700K. If deciding between the i5-7300HQ or the i7-7700HQ, however, the latter CPU will be faster by about 40 percent in multi-threaded workloads.

See our dedicated page on the Core i7-7700HQ for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
Intel Core i7-7820HK
184 Points ∼92% +31%
Eurocom Sky X7E2
Intel Core i7-6700K
160 Points ∼80% +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
154 Points ∼77% +10%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
146 Points ∼73% +4%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
144 Points ∼72% +3%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼70% 0%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
140 Points ∼70%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
131 Points ∼66% -6%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
Intel Core i7-7820HK
899 Points ∼42% +24%
Eurocom Sky X7E2
Intel Core i7-6700K
874 Points ∼41% +21%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
725 Points ∼34%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
719 Points ∼33% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
704 Points ∼33% -3%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼31% -7%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
566 Points ∼26% -22%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
508 Points ∼24% -30%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
Intel Core i7-7820HK
2.08 Points ∼92% +25%
Eurocom Sky X7E2
Intel Core i7-6700K
1.72 Points ∼76% +3%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
1.68 Points ∼74% +1%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.67 Points ∼74%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.55 Points ∼68% -7%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
1.49 Points ∼66% -11%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
Intel Core i7-7820HK
9.91 Points ∼4% +24%
Eurocom Sky X7E2
Intel Core i7-6700K
8.55 Points ∼4% +7%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7.99 Points ∼3%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
7.96 Points ∼3% 0%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.39 Points ∼3% -8%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
6.02 Points ∼3% -25%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X7E2
Intel Core i7-6700K
6434 Points ∼73% +14%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5660 Points ∼64%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
5580 Points ∼63% -1%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
5567 Points ∼63% -2%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4720 Points ∼53% -17%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X7E2
Intel Core i7-6700K
23815 Points ∼48% +11%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
21681 Points ∼44% +1%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21376 Points ∼43%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
21079 Points ∼42% -1%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
19720 Points ∼40% -8%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
241 s * ∼3% -12%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
214.337 s * ∼3%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
206.294 s * ∼2% +4%
Eurocom Sky X7E2
Intel Core i7-6700K
205.867 s * ∼2% +4%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
581 Seconds * ∼3% -5%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
573.691 Seconds * ∼3% -4%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
552.594 Seconds * ∼2%
Eurocom Sky X7E2
Intel Core i7-6700K
484.635 Seconds * ∼2% +12%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
10685
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21376
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5660
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
66.83 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.99 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.67 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
114.87 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
725 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
140 Points
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System Performance

PCMark 8 scores are similar to competitors with the odd exception of a low Work score of just 2722 points even after retesting. This could potentially be due to the slower-than-expected write speeds of the primary SSD as described in the next section. Nonetheless, we experienced no unusual system slowdowns as navigation and general performance are quick and nearly instant. Our test unit suffered from no notable hardware or software issues, either.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
5447 Points ∼84% +100%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
5406 Points ∼83% +99%
Gigabyte P55W v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D256
5317 Points ∼82% +95%
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5299 Points ∼81% +95%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
4884 Points ∼75% +79%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
2722 Points ∼42%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
7738 Points ∼83% +7%
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7678 Points ∼82% +6%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
7332 Points ∼79% +2%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
7220 Points ∼78%
Home Score Accelerated v2
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
5011 Points ∼84% +5%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
4967 Points ∼83% +4%
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
4966 Points ∼83% +4%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4765 Points ∼80%
Gigabyte P55W v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D256
4013 Points ∼67% -16%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
3659 Points ∼61% -23%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4765 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
7220 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2722 points
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Storage Devices

Internal storage options include a M.2 2280 slot and a 2.5-inch SATA III bay that can accept both 7 mm and 8.5 mm drives. Our test unit is equipped with a primary 128 GB SK Hynix M.2 SATA III SSD and a secondary 1 TB Toshiba MQ01ABD100 HDD. NVMe speeds are supported here just like on the GL502VM should buyers decide on costlier configurations.

The primary drive returns excellent sequential read rates of about 500 MB/s to be in line with most SATA III SSDs. Its write rates, however, are relatively slow at just 138 MB/s compared to almost twice that of the SATA III Lite-On SSD on our recent Gigabyte P55W v7. Meanwhile, average transfer rate from the Toshiba HDD is just over 89 MB/s according to HD Tune as expected from a 5400 RPM drive.

See our growing list of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

CrystalDiskMark (Primary SSD)
CrystalDiskMark (Primary SSD)
AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark (Secondary HDD)
CrystalDiskMark (Secondary HDD)
HD Tune (Secondary HDD)
HD Tune (Secondary HDD)
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
 
Asus FX502VM-AS73
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Alienware 15 R3
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
Gigabyte P55W v7
Liteonit CV3-8D256
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
146%
-75%
31%
351%
Write 4k QD32
99.74
429.8
331%
1.057
-99%
240.1
141%
542.1
444%
Read 4k QD32
369.9
541.7
46%
69.75
-81%
358.5
-3%
651.6
76%
Write 4k
70.91
122.9
73%
1.021
-99%
54.98
-22%
152.4
115%
Read 4k
29.36
37.8
29%
10.84
-63%
25.4
-13%
56.81
93%
Write 512
137.8
428.1
211%
42.51
-69%
254.8
85%
1115
709%
Read 512
343.5
833.2
143%
101.7
-70%
252.5
-26%
862.9
151%
Write Seq
138.2
429.2
211%
74.17
-46%
261.9
90%
1477
969%
Read Seq
502.5
1123
123%
123
-76%
466.2
-7%
1747
248%
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Sequential Read: 502.5 MB/s
Sequential Write: 138.2 MB/s
512K Read: 343.5 MB/s
512K Write: 137.8 MB/s
4K Read: 29.36 MB/s
4K Write: 70.91 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 369.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 99.74 MB/s

GPU Performance

3DMark benchmarks rank the GeForce GTX 1060 in the FX502VM to be about 40 to 45 percent faster than the GTX 1050 Ti and almost twice as fast as the GTX 1050. Perhaps more importantly, its raw graphics performance is essentially on par with the GTX 1060 in the pricier GL502VM, so users need not worry about inferior or throttled GPU performance from the more affordable FX502VM. The desktop GTX 1060 is still about 10 to 15 percent faster than the mobile GTX 1060 according to Fire Strike benchmarks while the mobile GTX 1070 can provide a 50 to 55 percent gain over the mobile GTX 1060.

See our review on the GTX 1060 for more benchmarks and comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
5046 Points ∼50% +97%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
4005 Points ∼40% +56%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
2893 Points ∼29% +13%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
2565 Points ∼25%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
2534 Points ∼25% -1%
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
10451 Points ∼64% +91%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8236 Points ∼50% +51%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5463 Points ∼33%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5369 Points ∼33% -2%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
2694 Points ∼16% -51%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
22566 Points ∼56% +94%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
17170 Points ∼42% +48%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
12984 Points ∼32% +12%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11633 Points ∼29%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11186 Points ∼28% -4%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
8086 Points ∼20% -30%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
5961 Points ∼15% -49%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
11160 Points ∼63% +24%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
11082 Points ∼63% +24%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
9116 Points ∼52% +2%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8967 Points ∼51%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8583 Points ∼49% -4%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7440 Points ∼42% -17%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
7216 Points ∼41% -20%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
28595 Points ∼56% +94%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
23243 Points ∼46% +58%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
17401 Points ∼34% +18%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
14732 Points ∼29%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
14347 Points ∼28% -3%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
10186 Points ∼20% -31%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7649 Points ∼15% -48%
3DMark 11 Performance
12736 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
125692 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
25979 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9845 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
5189 points
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Gaming Performance

Real-world gaming performance at 1080p shows an average of 60 FPS for most titles at High to Maximum settings. Titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider may frequently dip below the 60 FPS mark while more intensive titles like Mafia 3 will require further graphics tuning. Performance results are even faster than the older GTX 980M in the GL502VY across the board for all tested games while the GTX 1060 Founder's Edition for desktop still inches out ahead of our mobile GTX 1060.

See our dedicated GPU page on the GTX 1060 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Aorus X7 DT v6
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
164.7 fps ∼100% +60%
Gigabyte P57X v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
130 fps ∼79% +26%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
103.1 fps ∼63%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
86.4 fps ∼52% -16%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
66.2 fps ∼40% -36%
Metro: Last Light - 1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x
Aorus X7 DT v6
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
130 fps ∼100% +64%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
79.3 fps ∼61%
Sleeping Dogs - 1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:Extreme
Aorus X7 DT v6
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
140.6 fps ∼100% +81%
Gigabyte P57X v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
116.3 fps ∼83% +50%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
77.5 fps ∼55%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
57.5 fps ∼41% -26%
Thief - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x
Aorus X7 DT v6
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
125 fps ∼100% +62%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
77.3 fps ∼62%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
58.6 fps ∼47% -24%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
43.6 fps ∼35% -44%
Fallout 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
Aorus X7 DT v6
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
124 fps ∼100% +68%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
77.1 fps ∼62% +5%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
73.7 fps ∼59%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
57.9 fps ∼47% -21%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
46.2 fps ∼37% -37%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Aorus X7 DT v6
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
118 fps ∼100% +92%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
66.9 fps ∼57% +9%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
66.5 fps ∼56% +8%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
61.3 fps ∼52%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
55 fps ∼47% -10%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
39.7 fps ∼34% -35%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
33.7 fps ∼29% -45%
Ashes of the Singularity - 1920x1080 high
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
54.8 fps ∼100%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
29.1 fps ∼53% -47%
Doom - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
Aorus X7 DT v6
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
153 fps ∼100% +61%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
99.7 fps ∼65% +5%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
95.1 fps ∼62%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
63.8 fps ∼42% -33%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
56 fps ∼37% -41%
Overwatch - 1920x1080 Epic (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:16x
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
116 fps ∼100% +8%
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
107.3 fps ∼93%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
87.3 fps ∼75% -19%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
72.6 fps ∼63% -32%
Mafia 3 - 1920x1080 High Preset
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
46.7 fps ∼100%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
28.7 fps ∼61% -39%
low med. high ultra
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 77.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 103.1fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 79.3fps
Thief (2014) 77.3fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 60fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 73.7fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 61.3fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 54.8fps
Doom (2016) 95.1fps
Overwatch (2016) 107.3fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 46.7fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook with synthetic benchmarks to identify for any throttling or stability issues. Results are nearly identical to the GL502VM with relatively steady CPU Turbo Boost and no throttling even when under Prime95 stress. Anything less would have been disappointing especially for a gaming notebook. The CPU and GPU will settle at the 90 C and 80 C ranges when under extreme stress, respectively, while gaming loads will have both processors in the 70 C range.

Running on batteries will not significantly impact CPU performance, but GPU performance will be throttled. A 3DMark 11 run on battery power returns Physics and Graphics scores of 9237 and 7306 points, respectively, compared to 9116 and 14732 points when connected to mains. This test was performed under High Performance mode and after disabling Nvidia BatteryBoost.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Unigine Valley stress
Unigine Valley stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.3 -- 76 57
FurMark Stress -- 1266 81 71
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.1 1266 87 78
Unigine Valley Stress 3.5+ 1620 74 73

Emissions

System Noise

The cooling solution consists of twin fans and two heat pipes between them in a symmetrical formation. The fans are always active no matter the onscreen load, so we were able to record a quiet but consistent humming noise of about 31 dB(A) even when idling on desktop. Gaming loads will bump fan noise to significantly louder levels of about 46 dB(A). This is loud enough to be potentially distracting when playing quieter games like MGS V. The fans remain consistent in speed with no annoying pulsing behavior when gaming. The more powerful Alienware 15 R3 is louder when under similar gaming loads while the new XPS 15 9560 is even louder despite its weaker GTX 1050 GPU. Maximum load with both Prime95 and FurMark will induce a fan noise in the low 50 dB(A) range similar to most gaming notebooks when under extreme stress.

Noise Level

Idle
30.6 / 30.6 / 31 dB(A)
Load
46.2 / 52.3 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.7 dB(A)
Asus FX502VM-AS73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
Gigabyte P55W v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D256
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
Noise
-8%
-2%
-3%
-4%
off / environment *
28.7
30
-5%
30.3
-6%
30
-5%
30.8
-7%
Idle Minimum *
30.6
31
-1%
31.6
-3%
33
-8%
32
-5%
Idle Average *
30.6
32
-5%
31.6
-3%
34
-11%
32
-5%
Idle Maximum *
31
42
-35%
33.4
-8%
35
-13%
32
-3%
Load Average *
46.2
49
-6%
47.8
-3%
39
16%
48.3
-5%
Load Maximum *
52.3
50
4%
47.8
9%
50
4%
51.2
2%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Surface temperatures are cool when idling with warm spots up to the low 30 C range on the rear of the notebook. These quadrants can become very warm up to the 50 C range when the system is under extreme stress, but these areas are thankfully away from the palm rests and keyboard. The WASD keys, for example, remain cool for comfortable use no matter the processing load. When compared to the thicker MSI GT62VR, the Asus actually runs cooler on average but with warmer hot spots and a steeper temperature gradient.

Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Max. Load
 39.8 °C53.2 °C38.8 °C 
 27.2 °C43.6 °C25.4 °C 
 21.6 °C22 °C22.2 °C 
Maximum: 53.2 °C
Average: 32.6 °C
50.2 °C56.8 °C47 °C
25.8 °C40.4 °C23.4 °C
23.4 °C23 °C23 °C
Maximum: 56.8 °C
Average: 34.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

Microphone measurements show poor bass reproduction at around 200 Hz and below when on default settings, which is typical of most notebooks. Treble is overpowering and range feels limited. Maximum volume is sufficiently loud for a small room, though not as loud as some multimedia notebooks like the HP Spectre x360 15. High volume settings will not introduce static and will reverberate the chassis just slightly. Dedicated headphones or earphones are still recommended.

Asus ROG FX502VM
Asus ROG FX502VM
Asus ROG GL553
Asus ROG GL553
HP Spectre x360 15 2017
HP Spectre x360 15 2017
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.734.92535.632.13132.835.64030.632.55033.632.86331.931.28030.430.61003130.512531.730.716028.230.520027.236.825026.148.631525.35140025.35250025.149.363024.454.180025.360.1100024.357.2125023.953160024.154.7200023.352.1250023.154.9315023.155.740002357.250002358.8630023.158.6800023.251.41000023.243.31250023.142.31600023.238.3SPL35.967.8N2.623median 24.1Asus FX502VM-AS73median 52Delta1.86.735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Asus FX502VM-AS73 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (67.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 85% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 11% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 71% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Asus consumes about 15 W when idling on desktop and jumps to just over 100 W when under 3DMark load. This is very similar to the GL502VM but significantly more than both the XPS 15 9560 and Gigabyte P55W v7. The strangely high idling power consumption of our Xotic PC GL502VM unit is likely responsible for its very short battery runtimes compared to our FX502VM.

Running both Prime95 and FurMark will demand about 149 W from the small 180 W AC adapter.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.46 / 0.74 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 14.9 / 15.1 / 15.2 Watt
Load midlight 105.8 / 148.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus FX502VM-AS73Alienware 15 R3Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)Gigabyte P55W v7Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Power Consumption
-36%
33%
15%
-102%
Idle Minimum *
14.9
19
-28%
6.6
56%
8
46%
38.3
-157%
Idle Average *
15.1
23
-52%
9
40%
13
14%
40.5
-168%
Idle Maximum *
15.2
29
-91%
10.7
30%
18
-18%
42.2
-178%
Load Average *
105.8
85
20%
77.5
27%
76
28%
110.4
-4%
Load Maximum *
148.8
192
-29%
130
13%
143
4%
155.7
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The 64 Wh internal battery pack provides respectable runtimes on par with the new Alienware 15 R3. The lack of Optimus, however, is obvious as the Gigabyte P55W v7 with the same CPU, GPU, and battery capacity can outlast our FX502VM by about an hour when under similar WLAN testing conditions. Users can expect 4.5 hours of real-world browsing use out of the Asus. Note that our Xotic PC GL502VM runtime results below are extremely short in comparison likely due to software or performance tweaks by the reseller.

Charging from near empty to full capacity will take about 2 to 2.5 hours with the included AC adapter.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 03min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
4h 37min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 04min
Asus FX502VM-AS73
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 64 Wh
Alienware 15 R3
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 99 Wh
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 56 Wh
Gigabyte P55W v7
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 63 Wh
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 64 Wh
Battery Runtime
20%
36%
65%
-50%
Reader / Idle
363
382
5%
565
56%
789
117%
104
-71%
WiFi v1.3
277
264
-5%
334
21%
346
25%
88
-68%
Load
64
102
59%
84
31%
98
53%
57
-11%

Pros

+ accessible internals; 2x storage bays, 1x SODIMM
+ relatively thin and small for a gaming notebook
+ strong performance; no major throttling
+ quiet keyboard keys
+ NVMe SSD support

Cons

- very poor TN display option; no 120 Hz/5 ms options
- relatively loud fan noise; fans always active
- 3 GB GTX 1060 instead of 6 GB GTX 1060
- clickpad could have been more firm
- lid could have been more rigid
- no USB Type-C

Verdict

In review: Asus ROG FX502VM-AS73. $150 off at CUKUSA.com with code NBCUK-FX502.
In review: Asus ROG FX502VM-AS73. $150 off at CUKUSA.com with code NBCUK-FX502.

The FX502VM retails for a few hundred Dollars less than the GL502VM even after assuming identical CPU and storage configurations. It makes sacrifices along the way, of course, including the lack of a USB Type-C port and a GTX 1060 with just half the VRAM. The system is still a very balanced gaming machine even after considering the cut corners as these drawbacks have almost no tangible effect on 1080p gaming. Beyond this, the pros and cons of the GL502VM apply here including the relatively loud fan noise, flexible lid, and lack of Thunderbolt 3. The GL502VM is already a good gaming notebook and the FX502VM is just a tiny step down for a more affordable price. The chassis is notably thinner than the MSI GE/GL series and is arguably more attractive than the HP Omen series while being more affordable than the current Gigabyte lineup.

While we can give the actual system a solid recommendation for gamers on a budget, buyers should absolutely avoid SKUs with the lower-end TN model like the one we have here and should instead invest in the higher-end IPS option. The TN panel has no place in this category as its brightness, colors, and contrast are poor even by budget notebook standards let alone on a $1000 USD gaming machine. 

Asus FX502VM-AS73 - 03/04/2017 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
82 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
58 / 81 → 71%
Weight
59 / 66 → 88%
Battery
79%
Display
74%
Games Performance
92%
Application Performance
87%
Temperature
87 / 95 → 92%
Noise
76 / 90 → 84%
Audio
70%
Camera
55 / 85 → 65%
Average
76%
82%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2017-03- 5 (Update: 2017-03-16)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.