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Asus ROG GL503VD-DB74 (7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Another year, another refresh. The new Asus GL503VD represents a slight aesthetic redesign of Asus' highly-revered ROG line. Some will appreciate the simpler, less "gamery" redesign, but not much else has changed. The GTX 1050 still makes for a decent (if noisy) entry-level gaming experience.

Asus is undoubtedly one of the juggernauts in the gaming notebook market, and with good reason. Their ROG-brand offers some of the best portable gaming experiences available today and has a gaming laptop to fit almost any budget. Our notebook under review today is the new GL503VD, a sleek and relatively thin entry-level notebook with a new case design. Despite the redesign, performance is largely the same as other entry-level devices sporting Intel's Core i7-7700HQ and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050; most games are playable on medium to high settings at Full HD, and 3D-intensive tasks are handled well.

So what makes the GL503VD stand out from the crowd? For one, the aesthetic appeal cannot be denied; this is a very good looking notebook. General gaming performance also offers a slight edge over other 1050-based machines, albeit at the cost of increased fan noise. The inclusion of a "Fan Overboost" mode pushes the cooling system even harder but does make a noticeable difference in controlling temperatures. We'll take a look at these and other facets of the GL503VD in this review.

There is no shortage of similar notebooks against which we can compare the GL503VD. We will mainly look at how our review device stacks up against other budget gaming machines, notably the Acer Aspire VX15 and Gigabyte's Sabre 15G. We'll also look at Asus' own GL553VD (another Asus device with a GTX 1050 that has a thicker case) and ZenBook Pro UX550VD (a non-gaming laptop with similar internals). Rounding out our comparison will be a few laptops sporting a GTX 1050 Ti, which is a slight bump in performance over the GTX 1050 for a slight bump in price; we'll look at the HP Omen 15, the Lenovo Legion Y520, and the Asus GL553VE. Let's get started.

Asus GL503VD-DB74 (GL503 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop) - 4096 MB, Core: 1454 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, GeForce Game Ready Driver 387.92
Memory
16384 MB 
, 1200.5 MHz (DDR4-2400 / PC4-19200)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WF6, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB, 256 GB 
, 1 TB 7200 RPM HGST TS721010A9E630 HDD, 1168 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo headphone/microphone, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 384 x 262 ( = 0.91 x 15.12 x 10.31 in)
Battery
64 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2W, Keyboard: Chiclet, RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, ASUS ROG Gaming Center, Sonic Studio, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.226 kg ( = 78.52 oz / 4.91 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1299 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The GL503VD's aesthetic is decidedly less "gamery" than other ROG notebooks; gone are the bright orange accents that denoted the WASD keys and struck across the back of the lid. Instead, Asus has opted for a much more subtle approach to case design. The overall design is still aggressive with angular lines breaking up the brushed patterns on the lid and keyboard deck. However, the entire case is black, save the polished ROG logo adorning the left side of the lid. This logo lights up a dull red when the screen turns on. The WASD keys are still marked to stand out, but instead of orange keycaps, the keys have a simple white outline (likely to better reflect the RGB keyboard backlight). This is essentially a plastic derivative of the Asus Zephyrus GX501 and a smaller version of the GL703VD. Overall, the design is much simpler and, as a result, much more attractive than previous ROG GL laptops.

Case materials are fairly similar to other ROG notebooks. The lid is made from aluminum bearing a diagonally brushed pattern and the rest of the case is plastic. The lid readily shows fingerprints and smudges, but the palm rests have a smooth semi-matte finish that is very resistant to blemishes. The bottom-right corner of the palm rest is interrupted by plastic with a faux-brushed metal look to it. Some users may find this cutaway annoying, but others may find it a welcome experience, as the tactile difference can help a typist know when their hands are positioned under the number pad.

The display hinge is perfectly tuned for one-handed opening and remains stable while typing. The lid can open to about 135°. There is no screen wobble about which to complain. The lid is thin and can be easily twisted, bent, or warped when pressure is applied. The keyboard deck itself has minimal flex; it will bend, but only under direct, intentional pressure. While typing, the deck remains solid and firm. The underside of the case also remains firm. There is no audible creaking when bending either the lid or the main body. Gaps are even, but somewhat large, especially around ports and the touchpad. Lint and dust like to settle in these places, which is something potential owners will need to keep in mind.

The GL503VD is below the average size and weight for this tier of gaming notebook. While it's not as bulky as other entry-level gaming notebooks, such as the Gigabyte Sabre 15 or Acer Aspire VX15, neither is it as compact as the ZenBook Pro UX550VD. The profile is noticeably thinner than many other budget gaming notebooks, which lends to its premium feel. The GL503 VD is also lighter than many other options, weighing in at 2.2 kg (about 5 lbs). The weight is evenly distributed, which makes the laptop feel robust, solid, and well-made.

Connectivity

Connectivity is very good and leaves little to be desired. There are three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB 2 port, HDMI 1.4, mini-DisplayPort 1.2, and a USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C port. Port spacing and positioning are excellent.

While Thunderbolt 3 is sadly absent, its omission is understandable considering the target market. However, the inclusion of a Thunderbolt port for connecting external GPUs and other high-speed peripherals would have gone a long way in setting the GL503VD apart from the crowd.

Left: DC in, LAN, miniDP 1.2, HDMI 1.4, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, combo headphone/microphone
Left: DC in, LAN, miniDP 1.2, HDMI 1.4, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, combo headphone/microphone
Right: SD Card Reader, USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 2.0, Kensington Lock
Right: SD Card Reader, USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 2.0, Kensington Lock
Rear: ventilation
Rear: ventilation

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SD Card Reader

SD Card Reader performance is average. Our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II Reference-Card was able to hit about 70 MB/s when transferring a large folder of photos and clocked in at 87 MB/s in AS SSD. These speeds are good, if nothing spectacular, and will leave little cause for complaint from users that rely on SD Cards for file transfers.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
 
78.76 MB/s ∼100% +11%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
 
77.4 MB/s ∼98% +10%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
 
75 MB/s ∼95% +6%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
 
70.67 MB/s ∼90%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
 
61.32 MB/s ∼78% -13%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
 
24.2 MB/s ∼31% -66%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
 
91.72 MB/s ∼100% +5%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
 
87.37 MB/s ∼95%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
 
87 MB/s ∼95% 0%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
 
86.53 MB/s ∼94% -1%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
 
26.1 MB/s ∼28% -70%

Communication

WiFi speeds are also fairly good. Receive and transmit speeds hit 635 MBit/s and 420 MBit/s, respectively. Connections are rock solid with no drops and no signal interference on either the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bands. WiFi connectivity is smooth and reliable.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
686 MBit/s ∼100% +8%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
661 MBit/s ∼96% +4%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174
660 MBit/s ∼96% +4%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
635 MBit/s ∼93%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
594 MBit/s ∼87% -6%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
285 MBit/s ∼42% -55%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
240 MBit/s ∼35% -62%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174
632 MBit/s ∼100% +50%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
533 MBit/s ∼84% +27%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
434 MBit/s ∼69% +3%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
420 MBit/s ∼66%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
377 MBit/s ∼60% -10%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
345 MBit/s ∼55% -18%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
319 MBit/s ∼50% -24%

Maintenance

Maintenance is a mixed bag. There is a handy access hatch that pops off after a bit of applied pressure. This hatch allows access to one RAM slot, the PCIe drive, and the 2.5-inch drive bay. While these components are relatively simple to get to, the rest of the internals require much more effort. Removing the bottom panel difficult due to some screws that are easily overlooked (3 are hidden under the access hatch) and the stubborn plastic clips holding the bottom panel in place. Once inside, users will have access to the second RAM slot, the WiFi card, and the CPU and GPU heatsinks (should they wish to apply new thermal paste). Further disassembly is relatively straightforward at this point and shouldn't provide much challenge to experienced technicians and DIYers.

Access hatch
Access hatch
Bottom panel removed
Bottom panel removed
RAM, PCIe drive
RAM, PCIe drive

Software & Warranty

Asus includes their ROG Gaming Center, a staple of the ROG line. The main hub offers a rudimentary system monitor for CPU and GPU clock speeds and temperatures, the amount of available, and current storage capacity. There is also the usual bevy of included software, such as Aura Core to tune the 4-zone RGB keyboard backlight and ROG Gamefirst IV, which monitors and prioritizes network access by other programs. The included software is largely beneficial when utilized and stays out of the way when not.

The warranty is rather slim at a mere 12 months. Third party resellers typically offer options to extend this warranty with service and replacement offered by the reseller themselves. 

ROG Gaming Center
ROG Gaming Center
Included software packages
Included software packages
Aura Core
Aura Core
Gamefirst
Gamefirst
Splendid
Splendid

Input Devices

Keyboard
Keyboard

Keyboard

The keyboard is excellent. Drop is well-defined and travel is generous at 1.8 mm. The keys are responsive and quiet enough to be used in an office setting with almost no clatter. Our one complaint is that feedback is a bit on the spongy side; typing doesn't feel as crisp as on other offerings, particularly the Steelseries keyboards found in MSI's laptops. The dedicated volume, microphone toggle, and ROG Gaming Center keys are a nice touch. 

The letter keys are well-sized and well-spaced, but the number pad keys may be a bit too narrow for some users. Arrow keys are the same size as the numpad keys and are shifted down to accommodate the space needed. We should also note the large left control key, which is the same size as the shift key above it. Again, this is nothing that detracted from our typing experience, but some users may find fault here.

The RGB lighting is handled via Asus' Aura Core software. There are 4 zones that can each be set to any of over 16 million colors. There are also a few lighting effects: breathing and color cycle. The latter does not allow for individual zone lighting; the keyboard will uniformly shift from red to green to blue, hitting some mixed colors in between. Overall, the keyboard is quite good and offers an excellent typing experience that falls behind only the best in the industry.

Touchpad

The touchpad has a simple, smooth surface made from plastic. Measuring 10.5 x 7.3 cm (~4.1 x 2.9 inches), the touchpad is about average in size compared to other 15.6-inch notebooks. Tracking is accurate and responsive with no delay, and gliding feels smooth. The absence of dedicated right- and left-click buttons is notable; the entire touchpad is hinged, and the bottom portion is used to register clicks. This mechanism feels fairly cheap and hollow and is not at all pleasing. The touchpad feels like it catches on the chassis on the way down, but that may be specific to our review unit. On the plus side, clicking is virtually silent.

Dedicated volume, microphone, and ROG Gaming Center keys
Dedicated volume, microphone, and ROG Gaming Center keys
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The display is another high point. The LG Philips panel is a high-quality Full HD display that offers vibrant and fairly accurate colors. As it is an IPS panel, viewing angles are solid and colors are full and vibrant.

The screen gets reasonably bright at about 300 nits, and the backlight is fairly even, although the left side is less bright than the right. This is not readily noticeable without extreme scrutiny and shouldn't be distracting in normal everyday use. Response times are also fairly quick for an IPS display; Black/white response time is particularly impressive at 26.2 ms. This is a fair bit quicker than most competing devices, such as the GL553VD and the HP Omen 15. PWM flicker is present at all brightness levels up to 99%, but at 21,000 Hz, it's not likely to be noticed. Contrast is decent at about 850:1, and black levels are average. Other options, like the Acer Aspire VX15 and HP Omen 15, offer deeper blacks and improved contrast ratios. White backgrounds have a slight grain to them when viewed from a close distance.

279.9
cd/m²
305.8
cd/m²
306.8
cd/m²
288.8
cd/m²
315.9
cd/m²
317.2
cd/m²
293.2
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
318.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 318.3 cd/m² Average: 303.8 cd/m² Minimum: 18.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 315.9 cd/m²
Contrast: 854:1 (Black: 0.37 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.9 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 3.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
84% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.24
Asus GL503VD-DB74
LG Philips LP156WF6, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
BOE HF NV156FHM-N43, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPK3, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
CMN15E8 (N156HCE-EN1), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
ID: LGD0533, Name: LG Display LP156WF6-SPK3, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
AU Optronics AUO41ED, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
BOE CQ NV156HFM-N42, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-50%
-6%
4%
3%
-11%
-20%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36.4 (16.4, 20)
57.6 (23.6, 34)
-58%
39 (21, 18)
-7%
38.8 (20.4, 18.4)
-7%
32 (16.4, 15.6)
12%
42 (20.4, 21.6)
-15%
46 (25, 21)
-26%
Response Time Black / White *
26.2 (14, 12.4)
37.2 (4.8, 32.4)
-42%
29 (16, 13)
-11%
27.2 (14.8, 12.4)
-4%
25.6 (15.6, 10)
2%
28 (16.4, 11.6)
-7%
34 (20, 14)
-30%
PWM Frequency
21010 (99)
21000 (90)
0%
25910 (20)
23%
20000 (99)
-5%
20000 (90)
-5%
Screen
15%
-19%
6%
-38%
1%
0%
Brightness middle
315.9
289.3
-8%
283
-10%
335
6%
248.4
-21%
230
-27%
277
-12%
Brightness
304
280
-8%
281
-8%
313
3%
241
-21%
228
-25%
268
-12%
Brightness Distribution
88
93
6%
91
3%
83
-6%
84
-5%
88
0%
91
3%
Black Level *
0.37
0.29
22%
0.39
-5%
0.27
27%
0.3
19%
0.21
43%
0.26
30%
Contrast
854
998
17%
726
-15%
1241
45%
828
-3%
1095
28%
1065
25%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.9
3.1
37%
6.1
-24%
4.7
4%
7.5
-53%
4.01
18%
5.05
-3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.7
7.1
27%
11.08
-14%
8.1
16%
25.2
-160%
7.26
25%
8.93
8%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.8
2.1
45%
5.69
-50%
5.8
-53%
6.5
-71%
3.18
16%
2.97
22%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.22 99%
2.44 90%
2.06 107%
2.19 100%
2.52 87%
2.39 92%
CCT
6847 95%
6226 104%
6702 97%
6518 100%
7852 83%
6814 95%
6466 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
59
7%
37
-33%
58.7
7%
37
-33%
37
-33%
38
-31%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
84
91
8%
58
-31%
90.1
7%
57.9
-31%
58
-31%
59
-30%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-18% / 4%
-13% / -16%
5% / 5%
-18% / -28%
-5% / -1%
-10% / -5%

* ... smaller is better

Colors are fairly accurate out of the box. CalMAN pegs the DeltaE for color and grays at 4.9 and 3.8, respectively, which is above average for entry-level gaming notebooks. Calibration improves these numbers to 3.5 and 1.6, respectively. Typically, a DeltaE at or below 3 is considered acceptable for professional color work; the GL503VD is close to that boundary. 

Color space coverage is average. The GL503VD's screen covers 84% of the sRGB color gamut and 55% of AdobeRGB. While this color reproduction is more than adequate for gaming and media consumption, professionals will be disappointed with the limited color space. That said, the GL503VD still provides one of the cleanest and most color-rich displays at this end of the market. Other budget offerings, like the Aspire VX15, Lenovo Legion Y520, and Gigabyte Sabre 15G all have inferior displays. The Asus GL553VD offers superior color reproduction and accuracy at the cost of lower overall brightness and response times, which may be a worthy tradeoff for interested creative professionals. 

CalMAN Colorchecker
CalMAN Colorchecker
CalMAN Colorchecker (calibrated)
CalMAN Colorchecker (calibrated)
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN Grayscale (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
vs sRGB: 84%
vs sRGB: 84%
vs AdobeRGB: 55%
vs AdobeRGB: 55%

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
26.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 12.4 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 51 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 30 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 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 detected 21010 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 21010 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 21010 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8929 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Viewing angles are excellent thanks to the IPS panel. Text remains legible and colors clear and accurate when viewed from angles greater than 45º off center, although the screen noticeably dims at these angles. Backlight bleed is almost non-existent, save for a small spot along the bottom bezel, directly to the left of center. This bleed is barely noticeable, however, and shouldn't be a distraction.

Backlight bleed along bottom bezel, left of center.
Backlight bleed along bottom bezel, left of center.
Exposure increased to show backlight bleed along bottom bezel.
Exposure increased to show backlight bleed along bottom bezel.

Performance

Equipped with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, the GL503VD is a capable multimedia machine with some decent gaming chops. We've seen this combination in many budget-oriented gaming notebooks before, as well as more expensive premium office devices. While the GL503VD is capable of handling any multimedia content thrown its way, gamers will need to temper expectations; the GTX 1050 can push most titles past 60 FPS, but settings or resolutions (or both) will need to be turned down.

CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: SPD
CPU-Z: SPD
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO64
HWiNFO64

Processor

The Intel Core i7-7700HQ has become a staple in multimedia and gaming laptops since its introduction earlier this year, and with good reason; the quad-core hyperthreaded CPU features a base clock of 2.8 GHz with a boost up to 3.8 GHz, making it one of the most powerful mobile processors currently on the market. Given adequate cooling, the 7700HQ yields impressive computational power.

That is definitely the case with the GL503VD. Using Cinebench R15 to test the CPU, the 7700HQ in the GL503VD yields expected results. The multi-threaded test hits 734 points, which is perfectly in line with the competition. The 7700HQ is about 42% faster than the Core i5-7300HQ found in other budget gaming machines such as the Lenovo Legion Y520 and Acer Aspire VX15

Our long-term Cinebench R15 test, which loops the multi-threaded test 50 times in a row, shows that the 7700HQ is fairly stable. There are a few slight dips toward the beginning of the test. Near the end of the test, a few runs post scores about 100 points lower than the average. However, this dip doesn't appear consistent and shouldn't pose a problem in long-term use. There's not like to be any major CPU throttling during lengthy workloads.

For more information about the Intel Core i7-7700HQ, please visit our dedicated processor page hereIntel Core i7 7700HQ Notebook Processor.

Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
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Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
181 Points ∼83% +36%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
162 Points ∼74% +22%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼74% +21%
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼74% +21%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼74% +21%
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
149 Points ∼68% +12%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
148 Points ∼68% +11%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
148 Points ∼68% +11%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼64% +5%
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼64% +5%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
136 Points ∼62% +2%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
133 Points ∼61%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
819 Points ∼19% +12%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
739 Points ∼17% +1%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
736 Points ∼17% 0%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
736 Points ∼17% 0%
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼17% 0%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼17%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
732 Points ∼17% 0%
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼15% -8%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼15% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
670 Points ∼15% -9%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
511 Points ∼12% -30%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
468 Points ∼11% -36%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
2.08 Points ∼85% +15%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.84 Points ∼75% +2%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼75% +1%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼74%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.7 Points ∼70% -6%
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.68 Points ∼69% -7%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.55 Points ∼64% -14%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
1.49 Points ∼61% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.86 Points ∼33% +8%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.17 Points ∼30% 0%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.17 Points ∼30%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼30% 0%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.08 Points ∼30% -1%
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.49 Points ∼28% -8%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.39 Points ∼27% -10%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
5.42 Points ∼20% -34%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8872 Points ∼82% +57%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6107 Points ∼56% +8%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5649 Points ∼52%
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5550 Points ∼51% -2%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5548 Points ∼51% -2%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5502 Points ∼51% -3%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
5026 Points ∼46% -11%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4720 Points ∼44% -16%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
32510 Points ∼65% +50%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22273 Points ∼45% +3%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21774 Points ∼44% 0%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21729 Points ∼44%
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20639 Points ∼41% -5%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
19720 Points ∼40% -9%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18304 Points ∼37% -16%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
16609 Points ∼33% -24%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
395.024 s * ∼5% -86%
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
327.1 s * ∼4% -54%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
323.56 s * ∼4% -52%
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
244.34 s * ∼3% -15%
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
226.454 s * ∼3% -7%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
217.072 s * ∼3% -2%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
212.5 s * ∼3%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
630.932 Seconds * ∼3% -15%
Dell Inspiron 15 7566 PL
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
603.34 Seconds * ∼3% -10%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
549.204 Seconds * ∼2% -0%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
548.64 Seconds * ∼2%
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
543.457 Seconds * ∼2% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
541.28 Seconds * ∼2% +1%
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
521.8 Seconds * ∼2% +5%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6703
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21729
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5649
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
64 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.17 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.81 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
105 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
734 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
133 Points
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System Performance

Overall system performance is responsive. Apps open quickly and feel snappy. The combination of the Core i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050, and speedy Adata SSD make for a quick, reliable machine. Using PCMark 8 to evaluate overall system performance, the GL503VD comes in about the middle of the pack in every test. An NVMe SSD would increase system performance, but the difference wouldn't be noticed by most users and may not justify the increased cost of an NVMe drive.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
5063 Points ∼78% +2%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5028 (min: 5001, max: 5045) Points ∼77% +1%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
4973 Points ∼76%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
4746 Points ∼73% -5%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4680 Points ∼72% -6%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3141 Points ∼48% -37%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
6408 (min: 6406, max: 6408) Points ∼67% +29%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5402 Points ∼57% +9%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
4960 Points ∼52%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
4608 Points ∼48% -7%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4317 Points ∼45% -13%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
4274 Points ∼45% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4207 (min: 4206, max: 4213) Points ∼69% +9%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4165 Points ∼68% +8%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
3852 Points ∼63%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3770 Points ∼62% -2%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Hynix HFS128G39TND
3661 Points ∼60% -5%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
3651 Points ∼60% -5%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
3431 Points ∼56% -11%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3852 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4960 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4973 points
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Storage Devices

The GL503VD attempts to offer the best of both storage worlds by offering a fast NVMe SSD with a large capacity HDD for storage. CrystalDiskMark 5 pegs sequential read and write speeds at 1019 MB/s and 811 MB/s, respectively, which is about average for an NVMe SSD. Users that want even faster drive speeds can opt to install a drive themselves via the access hatch. The main downside of the included SSD is its limited 256 GB capacity, 237 GB of which are available to the end user.

The 1 TB HDD is meant for mass storage (think photos, videos, and music). It's decently fast for a mechanical drive, averaging about 110 MB/s in HD Tune. Potential buyers on a more constrained budget can opt to eschew the SSD for about $200 less but will be left with a slower SSHD with a small 8GB SSD Cache. Users can also swap out the existing drive for either a 7 or 9.5 mm SATA drive.

AS SSD (SSD)
AS SSD (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (HDD)
HD Tune (HDD)
HD Tune (HDD)
Asus GL503VD-DB74
ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
ADATA IM2S3138E-256GM-B
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Liteonit CV3-8D128
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Hynix HFS128G39TND
AS SSD
-29%
19%
122%
-49%
96%
-87%
Copy Game MB/s
197.25
889.32
323.54
157.55
Copy Program MB/s
127.31
336.44
195.3
111.13
Copy ISO MB/s
497.62
1677.53
446.8
194.96
Score Total
1476
897
-39%
1434
-3%
3731
153%
752
-49%
3034
106%
882
-40%
Score Write
851
370
-57%
368
-57%
1158
36%
234
-73%
719
-16%
218
-74%
Score Read
419
350
-16%
746
78%
1727
312%
337
-20%
1583
278%
444
6%
Access Time Write *
0.034
0.043
-26%
0.032
6%
0.028
18%
0.073
-115%
0.024
29%
0.261
-668%
Access Time Read *
0.104
0.056
46%
0.07
33%
0.031
70%
0.141
-36%
0.052
50%
0.077
26%
4K-64 Write
658.25
258.32
-61%
158.62
-76%
870.35
32%
132.19
-80%
442.16
-33%
113.93
-83%
4K-64 Read
265.4
272.58
3%
463.24
75%
1430.2
439%
257.03
-3%
1249.33
371%
361.43
36%
4K Write
110.68
82.02
-26%
127.92
16%
133.23
20%
53.75
-51%
161.43
46%
90.81
-18%
4K Read
31.4
26.76
-15%
46.98
50%
53.95
72%
28.3
-10%
50
59%
32.29
3%
Seq Write
825.04
291.94
-65%
813.85
-1%
1540
87%
479.79
-42%
1153.89
40%
130.17
-84%
Seq Read
1226.49
506.94
-59%
2362.43
93%
2429
98%
515.92
-58%
2834
131%
506.8
-59%

* ... smaller is better

ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 69.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 139.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 110.8 MB/s
Access Time: 16.8 ms
Burst Rate: 238.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.7 %

GPU Performance

The GeForce GTX 1050 is marketed as Nvidia's budget option for gamers. Based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture, the GTX 1050 does a fair job with 3D applications at HD and Full HD, provided settings are lowered accordingly. The GTX 1050 in our review device features a base clock of 1454 MHz with a boost up to 1593 MHz, which are tuned 100 MHz higher than factory defaults.

The GL503VD offers acceptable performance in 3DMark Fire Strike but falls behind competitors by a small margin. The difference is small (only about 1-4%) but is worth noting. A score around 6000 in Fire Strike's Graphics test is decent, but the GTX 1050 Ti offers a 30% gain in performance. As such, users in need of a more powerful GPU should look to notebooks sporting the 1050 Ti. It should be noted that while on battery, the GL503VD scores about 10-15% lower in Fire Strike.

For more information about the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, please visit our dedicated GPU page here.

Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire 7 A717-71G-72VY
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11502 Points ∼28% +93%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ
10338 Points ∼25% +74%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
7821 Points ∼19% +31%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ
7795 Points ∼19% +31%
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
7731 Points ∼19% +30%
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
7624 Points ∼19% +28%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
7321 Points ∼18% +23%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6166 Points ∼15% +4%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6032 (min: 6004, max: 6035) Points ∼15% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6013 Points ∼15% +1%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5952 Points ∼15%
Asus G752VL-T7023T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
5446 Points ∼13% -9%
Gigabyte P55K v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
5323 Points ∼13% -11%
Asus GL552VW-DK725T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
4326 Points ∼11% -27%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4133 Points ∼10% -31%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Aspire 7 A717-71G-72VY
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
68143 Points ∼37% +77%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ
57208 Points ∼31% +49%
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
53036 Points ∼29% +38%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ
51473 Points ∼28% +34%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
50205 Points ∼27% +31%
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
49356 Points ∼27% +28%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
47250 Points ∼26% +23%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
39507 Points ∼21% +3%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
38450 Points ∼21%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
37840 Points ∼21% -2%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
37128 (min: 36802, max: 37178) Points ∼20% -3%
Gigabyte P55K v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
33304 Points ∼18% -13%
Asus GL552VW-DK725T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
29464 Points ∼16% -23%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
25986 Points ∼14% -32%
Asus G752VL-T7023T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
17226 Points ∼9% -55%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Asus GL503VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
161416 Points ∼22%
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
157277 Points ∼22% -3%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ
140500 Points ∼19% -13%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
114212 Points ∼16% -29%
Gigabyte P55K v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
110347 Points ∼15% -32%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
106019 Points ∼15% -34%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
76284 Points ∼10% -53%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
73576 Points ∼10% -54%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ
71289 Points ∼10% -56%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
45299 Points ∼6% -72%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
8262 Points ∼46% +14%
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
8212 Points ∼45% +14%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
7952 Points ∼44% +10%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7442 (min: 7434, max: 7459) Points ∼41% +3%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7219 Points ∼40%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6999 Points ∼39% -3%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
6973 Points ∼38% -3%
Asus G752VL-T7023T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
6767 Points ∼37% -6%
Gigabyte P55K v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
6712 Points ∼37% -7%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6707 Points ∼37% -7%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ
6406 Points ∼35% -11%
Acer Aspire 7 A717-71G-72VY
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6389 Points ∼35% -11%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ
6212 Points ∼34% -14%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ
5950 Points ∼33% -18%
Asus GL552VW-DK725T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
5378 Points ∼30% -26%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4466 Points ∼25% -38%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire 7 A717-71G-72VY
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
14846 Points ∼29% +99%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ
13388 Points ∼26% +79%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
9909 Points ∼19% +33%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ
9904 Points ∼19% +33%
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
9845 Points ∼19% +32%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
9824 Points ∼19% +31%
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
9741 Points ∼19% +30%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ
7835 Points ∼15% +5%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7731 Points ∼15% +3%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7471 Points ∼15%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7461 (min: 7273, max: 7576) Points ∼15% 0%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7457 Points ∼15% 0%
Asus G752VL-T7023T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
7322 Points ∼14% -2%
Gigabyte P55K v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
7128 Points ∼14% -5%
Asus GL552VW-DK725T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
5384 Points ∼11% -28%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4826 Points ∼9% -35%
3DMark 06 Standard
25816 points
3DMark 11 Performance
7465 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
115145 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
20169 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5440 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
2779 points
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Gaming Performance

The GL503VD is an entry-level gaming notebook capable of playing most titles on medium settings at Full HD. Demanding titles, such as The Witcher 3 or Hitman (2016) will need settings lowered even further or a drop in resolution to achieve playable framerates. Even older demanding titles like Metro: Last Light will fall short of the 60 fps threshold without a drop in details. 

The GL503VD typically hits higher framerates than its competitors, likely thanks to the 100 MHz frequency boost enabled by Asus. However, future titles will likely be playable only at 1366x768 on medium to high details, which is something gamers should keep in mind before making a purchase. The GTX 1050 Ti is more "future-proof" when it comes to gaming.

Long-term gaming performance is steady. Running The Witcher 3 for an hour, we see no major dips in framerates. Performance is a bit low but steady at Ultra settings. the GTX 1050 doesn't throttle; as such, gamers should experience smooth and consistent gaming performance over long periods. 

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The Witcher 3 ultra
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Aorus x3 Plus v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
109 fps ∼41% +65%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
98 (min: 11.6, max: 188.3) fps ∼37% +48%
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
94 fps ∼35% +42%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
87.2 fps ∼33% +32%
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA IM2S3138E-256GM-B
72.8 fps ∼27% +10%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
70.7 fps ∼27% +7%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
70 fps ∼26% +6%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
69.5 fps ∼26% +5%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
66 fps ∼25%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Hynix HFS128G39TND
63.6 fps ∼24% -4%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
62 fps ∼23% -6%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
61 fps ∼23% -8%
Asus G752VL-T7023T
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
54 fps ∼20% -18%
Gigabyte P55K v5
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
52.4 fps ∼20% -21%
Asus GL552VW-DK725T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Crucial MX200 M.2 CT250MX200SSD4
46.2 fps ∼17% -30%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
39.4 fps ∼15% -40%
Metro: Last Light - 1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x
Aorus x3 Plus v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
82 fps ∼48% +86%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
50.5 fps ∼29% +15%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
44 fps ∼26% 0%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
44 fps ∼26%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
41 fps ∼24% -7%
Gigabyte P55K v5
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
39.2 fps ∼23% -11%
Thief - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
60.2 fps ∼42% +39%
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA IM2S3138E-256GM-B
51.6 fps ∼36% +19%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
47.5 fps ∼33% +10%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
43.2 fps ∼30%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
42.8 fps ∼30% -1%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
42 fps ∼30% -3%
Aorus x3 Plus v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
42 fps ∼30% -3%
Gigabyte P55K v5
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
34.8 fps ∼25% -19%
Asus G752VL-T7023T
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
34.7 fps ∼24% -20%
Asus GL552VW-DK725T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Crucial MX200 M.2 CT250MX200SSD4
28.2 fps ∼20% -35%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Aorus x3 Plus v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
40 fps ∼35% +82%
Acer Aspire 7 A717-71G-72VY
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
38.5 fps ∼33% +75%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
37.2 (min: 25, max: 45) fps ∼32% +69%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
35.1 fps ∼31% +60%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
26.6 fps ∼23% +21%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
25.6 fps ∼22% +16%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
22 fps ∼19% 0%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
22 fps ∼19%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
20 fps ∼17% -9%
Asus G752VL-T7023T
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
17.9 fps ∼16% -19%
Asus GL552VW-DK725T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Crucial MX200 M.2 CT250MX200SSD4
14 fps ∼12% -36%
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA IM2S3138E-256GM-B
14 fps ∼12% -36%
Fallout 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
Aorus x3 Plus v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
77 fps ∼46% +108%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
43.5 fps ∼26% +18%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
37 fps ∼22%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
35.5 fps ∼21% -4%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
34 fps ∼20% -8%
Gigabyte P55K v5
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
30.7 fps ∼18% -17%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Aorus x3 Plus v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
65 fps ∼40% +67%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
58.8 (min: 53, max: 68) fps ∼37% +51%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
42.8 fps ∼27% +10%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
39 fps ∼24%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
34.2 fps ∼21% -12%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
32.5 fps ∼20% -17%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
31.1 fps ∼19% -20%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
30 fps ∼19% -23%
Gigabyte P55K v5
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
28.3 fps ∼18% -27%
Hitman 2016
1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
24 fps ∼23%
1920x1080 High / On AA:FX AF:8x
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
34 fps ∼44%
Ashes of the Singularity - 1920x1080 high
Aorus x3 Plus v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
50 fps ∼50% +42%
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
49.4 fps ∼49% +40%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
35.2 fps ∼35%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
29.4 fps ∼29% -16%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
28 fps ∼28% -20%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
20.5 fps ∼20% -42%
Doom
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
Aorus x3 Plus v7
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
97 fps ∼49% +70%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
57 fps ∼29%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
54 fps ∼27% -5%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
42 fps ∼21% -26%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
34.7 fps ∼17% -39%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
59 fps ∼35%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
58 fps ∼34% -2%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
48 fps ∼28% -19%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
35.1 fps ∼21% -41%
Deus Ex Mankind Divided - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:2xMS AF:8x
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
33 fps ∼41%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
30.1 (min: 23.4, max: 38.6) fps ∼37% -9%
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
28.1 fps ∼35% -15%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
9.8 fps ∼12% -70%
Civilization VI
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
34 fps ∼31%
1920x1080 High Preset
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
44 fps ∼48%
Resident Evil 7
1920x1080 Very High / On AA:FXAA+T
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
22 fps ∼7%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Hynix HFS128G39TND
21.4 fps ∼7% -3%
1920x1080 High / On AA:FXAA+T
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
60 fps ∼17%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Hynix HFS128G39TND
56.6 fps ∼16% -6%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 66fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 44fps
Thief (2014) 43.2fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 22fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 37fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 39fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 3424fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 35.2fps
Doom (2016) 5957fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 33fps
Civilization VI (2016) 4434fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 6022fps

Stress Test

Stressing the GL503VD gives us a good idea of how the machine will operate under the absolute worst conditions. Running Prime95 for an hour to place the CPU under an unrealistically heavy workload, we see the 7700HQ boost to and hold at 3.4 GHz for most of the test. Temperatures peak at 87º C before the fans ramp up and bring temperatures down to an average of 77º C. The graphics-tuned analogue to Prime95, FurMark fully taxes the GPU. After an hour of rendering a fuzzy donut, the GTX 1050 averages about 1466 MHz, which is fairly close to its base clock. On the plus side, temperatures for both the CPU and GPU remain admirably cool at about 66º C. Running Prime95 and FurMark together sees the CPU average about 3.2 GHz and the GPU hold at about 1460 MHz. Unfortunately, the CPU runs rather hot during this test, peaking at about 97º C and averaging a toasty 94º C. This is within thermal limits, and the CPU doesn't seem to throttle at these temperatures. The Fan Overboost mode doesn't help much with synthetic benchmarks; temperatures and performance remain largely the same.

Running The Witcher 3 for an hour gives a more realistic view on how the components handle long-term stress. While the CPU pulls back to about 1.7 GHz, the GPU shines and shoots well past its rated boost clock, averaging about 1730 MHz. This is fantastic performance and lends more evidence as to why the GL503VD bests its competition in most games. Heat is also very well controlled; temperatures across the CPU and GPU average about 70º C. Enabling the "Fan Overboost" mode sees a slight bump in CPU performance but has a very noticeable impact on temperatures: the CPU and GPU each drop by 6º C.

Prime95
Prime95
FurMark
FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark (Overboost Mode)
Prime95 + FurMark (Overboost Mode)
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 (Overboost Mode)
The Witcher 3 (Overboost Mode)
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.4 - 77 -
FurMark Stress 2.8 1466 66 67
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.2 1461 94 75
Prime95 + FurMark Stress (Fan Overboost) 3.3 1468 92 76
Witcher 3 Stress 1.7 1730 69 70
Witcher 3 Stress (Fan Overboost) 1.9 1730 63 64

Emissions

System Noise

Fan noise is fairly well managed under most circumstances. At idle, system noise is almost non-existent. There is no noticeable coil whine, and the fans remain virtually silent at about 30 dB(A). The fans likely won't be heard over normal office or room noise when the notebook is under light load. Gaming and heavier tasks make the fans ramp up aggressively. Under load, the fans average 37 dB(A), but gaming pushes the fans to about 45-47 dB(A). This is worsened by the high-pitch of the fans, which will cut through ambient noise like a knife. Enabling the Fan Overboost mode will push the fans even harder, which peak at a noisy 53 dB(A). 

Noise Level

Idle
30.6 / 30.8 / 32.8 dB(A)
Load
37.6 / 53.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
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: 28.3 dB(A)
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA IM2S3138E-256GM-B
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Hynix HFS128G39TND
Noise
-7%
-7%
5%
7%
-6%
-8%
8%
off / environment *
28.3
30.6
-8%
30.6
-8%
29.4
-4%
28.2
-0%
30
-6%
30
-6%
Idle Minimum *
30.6
33.4
-9%
31.5
-3%
31.9
-4%
29.4
4%
33
-8%
32
-5%
30
2%
Idle Average *
30.8
33.4
-8%
33.6
-9%
31.9
-4%
29.9
3%
33.3
-8%
34
-10%
30
3%
Idle Maximum *
32.8
33.4
-2%
37.9
-16%
31.9
3%
29.9
9%
34.7
-6%
36
-10%
31.1
5%
Load Average *
37.6
46.5
-24%
45.8
-22%
34.6
8%
38.3
-2%
44.5
-18%
48
-28%
31.3
17%
Witcher 3 ultra *
47
39.3
16%
39.8
15%
49.2
-5%
49
-4%
Load Maximum *
53.5
49.6
7%
46.5
13%
41.7
22%
39.6
26%
52.8
1%
51
5%
38.9
27%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Exterior heat is well-managed. While under extreme load, the chassis can get extremely hot in some spots, hovering between 55-60° C. However, users are unlikely to come into contact with these hot spots. The chassis is hottest above the keyboard at the top intake vent, which lies directly above the CPU and GPU. Heat is directed away from the keyboard and toward the fans in the back corners of the underside. Users should avoid holding the device on their laps when gaming or pushing the notebook. Otherwise, the device remains fairly cool across the keyboard and touchpad. 

Heat map (keyboard, idle)
Heat map (keyboard, idle)
Heat map (underside, idle)
Heat map (underside, idle)
Heat map (keyboard, load)
Heat map (keyboard, load)
Heat map (underside, load)
Heat map (underside, load)
Heat map (keyboard, Witcher 3)
Heat map (keyboard, Witcher 3)
Heat map (underside, Witcher 3)
Heat map (underside, Witcher 3)
Heat being pushed out the back vents.
Heat being pushed out the back vents.
Max. Load
 37.4 °C
99 F
60.4 °C
141 F
47.2 °C
117 F
 
 31 °C
88 F
52 °C
126 F
32.8 °C
91 F
 
 29 °C
84 F
26.2 °C
79 F
26 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 60.4 °C = 141 F
Average: 38 °C = 100 F
54.8 °C
131 F
55.2 °C
131 F
55 °C
131 F
33.2 °C
92 F
44 °C
111 F
32.8 °C
91 F
26 °C
79 F
26.4 °C
80 F
29.2 °C
85 F
Maximum: 55.2 °C = 131 F
Average: 39.6 °C = 103 F
Power Supply (max.)  48 °C = 118 F | Room Temperature 21.4 °C = 71 F | Fluke 62 Mini
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 60.4 °C / 141 F, compared to the average of 39.3 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 55.2 °C / 131 F, compared to the average of 41.7 °C / 107 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 33.1 °C / 92 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 29 °C / 84.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.7 °C / 83.7 F (-0.3 °C / -0.5 F).

Speakers

The speakers get reasonably loud, peaking at about 80 dB. Sound remains clear even at these levels with no noticeable distortion. The chassis doesn't rattle, either. The speakers are otherwise average. Bass is almost entirely absent with mids and highs securing their dominance. The speakers are tinny overall and create a very thin body of sound. Most users will opt for headphones.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203940.72537.136.13136.234.2403635.75033.335.46331.136.78032.34210030.943.61253047.81602951.820028.854.425027.758.53152762.440026.361.150025.961.363026.466.680026.171.410002568.5125024.662.2160024.968.8200023.971.325002469.8315023.770.8400023.866.6500023.662.7630023.455.1800023.349.31000023.248.41250023.3441600023.240.5SPL36.679.6N2.843.6median 24.9median 61.3Delta2.29.533.735.533.734.338.634.336.948.236.933.235.633.235.43435.430.132.230.132.228.232.227.22727.231.324.331.339.923.239.943.122.843.146.722.346.754.321.554.363.420.263.458.819.258.856.818.956.862.718.462.761.317.961.364.11864.163.717.663.762.817.562.86017.96065.21865.259.118.259.165.818.565.854.918.654.955.518.855.557.318.757.351.918.951.948.719.148.774.130.774.133.51.533.5median 57.3median 18.8median 57.37.71.87.74336.24342.932.242.940.931.740.941.42941.441.728.841.744.930.844.946.128.346.148.728.948.749.824.549.852.12452.156.724.656.760.522.160.564.12264.16320.86364.520.364.565.819.365.865.518.665.564.317.964.364.417.764.467.91767.965.317.165.362.916.962.959.51759.557.616.957.660.916.960.965.71765.769.617.269.668.817.168.859.517.259.550.117.450.177.13077.142.51.442.5median 63median 17.7median 634.324.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus GL503VD-DB74Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GEAcer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Asus GL503VD-DB74 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.39 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 79% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 15% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 56% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (65.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (12.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 67% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (69 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 88% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 95% 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

Owing mostly to its lower-specced GPU, the GL503VD doesn't draw much power. At idle, the machine pulls only about 11 Watts, which falls in line with similarly equipped machines. Under load, average power draw hovers around 80 Watts, which is again average. When pushed to its absolute limits, the GL503VD draws 123 Watts, which is about 82% of the 150 Watt AC adapter. As such, there is ample headroom for the power brick. Notebooks sporting the less power-hungry Core i5-7300HQ CPU draw about 10-20% less power under load, while notebooks with a Core i7-7700HQ and GTX 1050 Ti typically draw about 20-30% more.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 8.2 / 11.1 / 11.8 Watt
Load midlight 81 / 123.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus GL503VD-DB74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), ADATA IM2S3138E-256GM-B, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Liteonit CV3-8D128, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Hynix HFS128G39TND, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-1%
-39%
20%
11%
5%
-6%
2%
Idle Minimum *
8.2
7.7
6%
10
-22%
5.2
37%
5.05
38%
8
2%
6
27%
8.4
-2%
Idle Average *
11.1
11.7
-5%
19.4
-75%
8.3
25%
8.2
26%
10.9
2%
11
1%
13.1
-18%
Idle Maximum *
11.8
12
-2%
20.3
-72%
10.1
14%
12.2
-3%
11
7%
18
-53%
14.2
-20%
Load Average *
81
80.5
1%
110.3
-36%
62.7
23%
82
-1%
76.7
5%
81
-0%
50
38%
Load Maximum *
123.3
128.4
-4%
111.2
10%
100
19%
120
3%
106.4
14%
146
-18%
111
10%
Witcher 3 ultra *
95.11
94
1%
93.1
2%
94.9
-0%
90
5%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Gaming laptops aren't typically known for stellar battery life. Even at the lower segment of the market, most gaming notebooks are lucky to last 3-4 hours under normal use. Herein lies one of the strengths of the GL503VD. Its 64 Wh battery is quite a bit bigger than most other gaming notebooks; combined with efficiency measures like Nvidia Optimus, the GL503VD can last quite a while under light to normal load. Running our WiFi v1.3 test (Balanced power mode, screen set to 150 nits, loading a new webpage every 30-40 seconds), the GL503VD survives for 5 hours 48 minutes. While not enough to get through a workday, this is still a sizeable bump over most other devices in this category. Under load, the machine dies after a bit more than an hour, so gamers will definitely need to bring the power adapter with them.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 47min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 13min
Asus GL503VD-DB74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 64 Wh
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 48 Wh
Asus GL553VE-FY022T PL
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 48 Wh
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 45 Wh
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 73 Wh
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 47 Wh
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 63.3 Wh
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 52.5 Wh
Battery Runtime
-30%
-55%
-1%
38%
-15%
25%
-5%
Reader / Idle
647
440
-32%
288
-55%
634
-2%
1061
64%
493
-24%
765
18%
WiFi v1.3
348
276
-21%
310
-11%
535
54%
261
-25%
428
23%
330
-5%
Load
73
47
-36%
81
11%
70
-4%
77
5%
97
33%
WiFi
148
Witcher 3 ultra
68

Pros

+ eye-catching design
+ sturdy build
+ great FHD display
+ good keyboard with 4-zone RGB backlight
+ excellent battery life
+ one RAM SODIMM, M.2 drive, HDD easy to access via hatch

Cons

- fans can get very loud
- parts of chassis run hot
- gaps around chassis collect dust
- no other options for GPU at this time

Verdict

In review: Asus GL503VD-DB74. Review unit provided by Computer Upgrade King.
In review: Asus GL503VD-DB74. Review unit provided by Computer Upgrade King.

There is a lot to like about the Asus GL503VD. The new design is quite appealing and far more subdued than previous ROG notebooks. The main body of the notebook is stable and feels good underhand. The keyboard is able to hold its own against the best in the industry and the RGB effects are well executed and add a bit of panache. The screen is bright and offers excellent color reproduction at this price point. System performance is rock steady, and gaming performance is a bit above other GTX 1050-equipped notebooks. Battery life is also great for a gaming machine and should last most of the workday. 

There are a few quibbles, however. Some gaps around the device are a bit too large for our liking and tend to gather dust and small particles. Fan noise can also get loud, and the fans' high pitch can grate on the ears. The speakers are also anemic and thin. Some spots on the chassis get very hot, but it should be noted that heat is largely directed away from where a user's hands will rest.

The notebook is largely held back by the GTX 1050. The GTX 1050 Ti would offer a noticeable jump in gaming performance, but that would also drive the already high price even higher. There are other notebooks that offer similar performance for hundreds less. The Lenovo Legion Y520 and Acer Aspire VX15 both compete well against the GL503VD and come in under $1000, whereas the GL503VD starts at $1100. Our model (which is equipped with a 256 GB SSD) comes in at about $1300.

All said, the GL503VD is a well-executed and beautiful machine. This is quite possibly the best entry-level gaming notebook available at the moment. The notebook is much more attractive and well-built than the machines against which it competes. However, the sleek look, excellent keyboard, and better battery life come with a notable bump in price. It's also very possible that Asus will introduce models of the GL503 sporting a GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 1060 in the near future. While not officially announced, it may be worth a wait to see what Asus has up its sleeve.

Asus GL503VD-DB74 - 11/01/2017 v6
Sam Medley

Chassis
82 / 98 → 84%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
79%
Connectivity
61 / 81 → 75%
Weight
62 / 10-66 → 92%
Battery
87%
Display
87%
Games Performance
89%
Application Performance
91%
Temperature
83 / 95 → 87%
Noise
78 / 90 → 87%
Audio
64%
Camera
44 / 85 → 52%
Average
76%
84%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sam Medley, 2017-11- 1 (Update: 2017-11- 6)
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Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.