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Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74 Xotic PC Edition Notebook Review

Kaby Lake gamer. Asus has refreshed its portable GL502VM series with Kaby Lake and... not much else. Don't expect any tangible benefits in gaming performance or even battery life out of this Xotic PC SKU.

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Asus and many other manufacturers have been quietly updating their respective gaming notebook series from Skylake to Kaby Lake now that the mobile HQ series of processors have been officially unveiled. One of the first refreshed units to make it to us for testing is the GL502VM with the Core i7-7700HQ. We published on the previous GL502VM SKU with the Skylake i7-6700HQ just over a month ago and we highly recommend checking out its page for more info since this Kaby Lake SKU shares the same chassis and features.

The mainstream Asus GL502/GL702 series sits above the budget-friendly GL552/GL752 series and is the smaller and lighter option when compared to Asus' crown G752/G701 series. The mainstream gaming notebook category shouldn't be underestimated now that Pascal has made 1060p60 gaming a reality on thinner designs like the GL502VM. Keep in mind that there are major differences in chassis size and weight when comparing the GL502VM to the GL502VS similar to the size differences between the Asus G752VT and G752VY.

Our Kaby Lake GL502VM test unit comes directly from reseller Xotic PC who often tinkers with certain settings and other software. Thus, our performance results and measurements below do not completely reflect a stock Asus Strix GL502VM model.

Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74 (Strix GL502 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1404 MHz, Memory: 8008 MHz, 376.06
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, PC4-19200, 17-17-17-39, Dual-Channel, 8 GB soldered
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, IPS, Name: LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6, ID: LGD046F
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe, 250 GB 
, Secondary: Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo audio, Card Reader: SD reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24 x 390 x 266 ( = 0.94 x 15.35 x 10.47 in)
Battery
64 Wh, 4240 mAh Lithium-Ion, 15.2 V, 4 cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0 MPix
Additional features
Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.53 kg ( = 89.24 oz / 5.58 pounds), Power Supply: 575 g ( = 20.28 oz / 1.27 pounds)
Price
1600 USD

 

Case

Case quality is excellent despite this model not belonging to Asus' flagship G75x series. Surfaces do not creak and both the textured aluminum palm rests and plastic bottom feel rigid and of high quality. Nonetheless, certain areas flex more easily than on the G75x series including the centers of the keyboard and the outer lid, but the warping is fortunately not significant enough to be of any concern. The hinges are sufficient enough to prevent teetering when typing up to their maximum supported angle of about 130 degrees.

There are no unintended gaps between materials on our specific test unit. The inner plastic bezel around the display, however, does not sit perfectly against the outer edges of the screen. This is quite minor and certainly not as noticeable as on our recent GT72 test unit. Beyond that, there's little to complain about the build of the GL502VM.

The GL502VM is a full 6 mm thinner than the GL502VS while maintaining the same length and width and even connectivity features. The MSI GS63VR series is even thinner and lighter if users want a more portable solution without sacrificing core specifications. In terms of size and weight, the GL502VM sits comfortably in between the superthin category and the "standard" thick category consisting of notebooks like the Acer Predator 15 and MSI GL62.

Connectivity

There is a healthy number of available ports from its dual video-out options, 3x USB 3.0, and USB Type-C supporting speeds of up to 10 Gbps. The HDMI port does not appear to be version 2.0, so native 4K output must be done via mini-DisplayPort. Thunderbolt 3 is not supported on the GL502 series whereas ultrathin gaming notebooks from competing manufacturers like the GS63VR or Razer Blade Pro have Thunderbolt 3 as standard.

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 Ethernet, mDP 1.2, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB Type-C Gen. 2
Left: AC adapter, Gigabit Ethernet, mDP 1.2, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB Type-C Gen. 2

SD Card Reader

The integrated SD reader provides an average transfer rate of about 80 MB/s with our Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II test card. Transferring 1 GB worth of images from the card to desktop will take approximately 13 seconds. The card reader itself is not spring loaded and the inserted card will still protrude by well over half its length.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Eurocom Tornado F5
159.5 MB/s ∼100% +99%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
80.3 MB/s ∼50%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
25 MB/s ∼16% -69%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Eurocom Tornado F5
191.9 MB/s ∼100% +114%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
89.5 MB/s ∼47%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
27 MB/s ∼14% -70%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
682 MBit/s ∼100% +106%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
525 MBit/s ∼77% +59%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
331 MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
624 MBit/s ∼100% +33%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
575 MBit/s ∼92% +23%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
468 MBit/s ∼75%

Accessories

Included extras outside of the power adapter are a cable tie and warranty card. A carrying sleeve would have been a good addition similar to what Asus offers for free with new Zenbook purchases.

Maintenance

As opposed to the G752 or G701 series, serviceability on the GL502 is much easier. The bottom panel comes off with just a Philips screwdriver to remove the 10 screws around the edges and corners. Users will have easy access to the DDR4 SODIMM slot, cooling system, WLAN module, two storage bays, and internal 64 Wh battery.

Warranty

The standard one-year limited warranty applies from the manufacturer. Reseller Xotic PC will also cover defective units for the first year with options to extend up to three years. Users must register their purchases with the manufacturer in order to take advantage of the warranty options.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard is similar to what the GL502VS offers in both feel and layout with its key travel of 1.6 mm. Feedback is adequate if not a tad on the soft side with minimal clatter. When compared to the SteelSeries keyboard on the MSI G series, we find the Asus keys to be spongier and not as firm. Furthermore, the dark red font does not contrast well with the black keys and the lettering can thus be difficult to see if the backlight is disabled.

There are no dedicated Macro keys as found on the larger and pricier G752 series.

Touchpad

The touchpad (10.5 x 7.25 cm) is reliable for simple cursor control and multi-touch gestures. Unlike what we experienced on the GL502VS, the trackpad surface of our GL502VM test unit is equally responsive around its edges and corners as it is towards the center. Its gliding properties, however, continue to be less than ideal as smaller and more precise cursor movements are less smooth and would often result in finger slips.

The integrated mouse keys are shallow in travel with relatively soft auditory feedback when pressed. Inputting a click requires more force than average, so clicking multiple times in succession can quickly become tiresome.

Display

Display options for the GL502 include 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) and standard FHD (1920 x 1080). There are unfortunately no 120 Hz/5 ms configurations like on certain MSI and Aorus models for smoother gaming playback. The LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6 panel in use on our Asus test unit is similar to what users may find on the Acer Predator 15 or the Zenbook UX510UW. Its ~1000:1 contrast ratio and ~300-nit brightness levels are on par with what users can expect from other gaming notebooks in this price range as well. Subjectively, the screen is clean with very little graininess that can often plague non-glossy displays.

There is minor uneven backlight bleeding on the two right corners of our test unit as shown in our image below. This is largely unnoticeable when browsing or gaming.

Slight backlight bleeding around corners
Slight backlight bleeding around corners
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
280.3
cd/m²
294.3
cd/m²
291.2
cd/m²
294.9
cd/m²
307.8
cd/m²
302.3
cd/m²
306.2
cd/m²
313.3
cd/m²
318.5
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 318.5 cd/m² Average: 301 cd/m² Minimum: 33.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 307.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 933:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.5 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 2.9 | - Ø
84.8% sRGB (Argyll) 55.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.22
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
CMN N156HGE-EAL (CMN15D2), TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPP1 (LGD04D5), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
Samsung 156HL01-104 (SDC324C) , IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
14%
21%
13%
21%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 (19.2, 22.8)
43 (21, 22)
-2%
35 (14, 21)
17%
40 (20, 20)
5%
Response Time Black / White *
32.8 (6, 26.8)
23 (7, 16)
30%
25 (5, 20)
24%
26 (6, 20)
21%
26 (8, 18)
21%
PWM Frequency
1000 (80)
202 (100)
Screen
-60%
5%
-14%
-0%
Brightness
301
202
-33%
267
-11%
316
5%
279
-7%
Brightness Distribution
88
83
-6%
83
-6%
80
-9%
84
-5%
Black Level *
0.33
0.48
-45%
0.27
18%
0.35
-6%
0.33
-0%
Contrast
933
450
-52%
1011
8%
931
0%
888
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.5
9.98
-122%
3.77
16%
5.49
-22%
3.59
20%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.9
10.91
-276%
2.48
14%
4.84
-67%
3.86
-33%
Gamma
2.22 108%
2.31 104%
2.37 101%
2.23 108%
2.53 95%
CCT
1136 572%
13185 49%
6854 95%
5971 109%
7229 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55.4
75
35%
55
-1%
53
-4%
63
14%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
84.8
100
18%
84
-1%
80
-6%
97
14%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-23% / -45%
13% / 8%
-1% / -8%
11% / 2%

* ... smaller is better

Color gamut is approximately 55 percent and 85 percent of the AdobeRGB and sRGB standards, respectively. This is superior to most budget TN panels and unsurprisingly similar to the display on the Acer Predator 15. Interestingly, Asus is advertising 100 percent sRGB and 98 percent AdobeRGB coverage with the GL502, but this is certainly not what our own measurements show on the FHD SKU. Certain manufacturers like MSI or Razer offer true sRGB coverage that match our own findings to better appeal to digital artists and designers in addition to gamers.

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. MSI GL62
vs. MSI GL62

Further display measurements with a X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal good colors and grayscale out of the box. A calibration improves both with a flatter RGB balance and a cleaner grayscale DeltaE distribution. Colors become progressively less accurate 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
32.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 26.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 83 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.2 ms rise
↘ 22.8 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. » 52 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.8 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: 57 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 6577 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is average on a cloudy or overcast day due to the wide viewing angles of the IPS panel and the decent 300-nit backlight. Brighter ambient lighting or direct sunlight will wash out colors and make onscreen text and images difficult to see. Viewing too far off angle will see just slight variations in contrast and apparent brightness.

Outdoors on overcast today
Outdoors on overcast today
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The i7-7700HQ replaces the i7-6700HQ and i7-5700HQ that are both very commonly found on high-end gaming notebooks. The CPU and GTX 1060 GPU are soldered onto the motherboard and not upgradeable, so SKU options are more limited especially when compared to barebone systems. SKUs with the much more powerful GTX 1070, however, are also available on the GL502 series albeit in the larger GL502VY form factor.

Nvidia G-Sync comes standard with the series to reduce screen-tearing. As a result, there are no Optimus options for switching to the integrated HD Graphics 630.

8 GB of DDR4 RAM is soldered onto the motherboard with a single SODIMM slot for expansion for up to 24 GB total.

Processor

CineBench benchmarks rank the Kaby Lake i7-7700HQ 10 percent and 16 percent ahead of the Skylake i7-6700HQ in multi-threaded and single-threaded workloads, respectively. The i7-7700HQ runs at a faster 2.8 GHz base clock rate and 3.3 GHz Turbo Boost compared to 2.6 GHz and 3.1 GHz on the i7-6700HQ. Raw performance is above the overclockable i7-6820HK at base clock rates and very close to the desktop i7-6700K

See our dedicated CPU 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
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
166 Points ∼85% +6%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼80%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
152 Points ∼78% -3%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
143 Points ∼73% -8%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼69% -14%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
131 Points ∼67% -16%
CPU Multi 64Bit
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
865 Points ∼40% +16%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
743 Points ∼35%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
706 Points ∼33% -5%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
682 Points ∼32% -8%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼32% -9%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
566 Points ∼26% -24%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
1.91 Points ∼86% +4%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.84 Points ∼83%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
1.68 Points ∼76% -9%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
1.66 Points ∼75% -10%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.5 Points ∼68% -18%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
1.49 Points ∼67% -19%
CPU Multi 64Bit
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
9.56 Points ∼40% +17%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼34%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
7.75 Points ∼32% -5%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
7.53 Points ∼32% -8%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.47 Points ∼31% -8%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
6.02 Points ∼25% -26%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
6487 Points ∼73% +8%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6006 Points ∼68%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
5632 Points ∼63% -6%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
5449 Points ∼61% -9%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5126 Points ∼58% -15%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
26150 Points ∼53% +17%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22305 Points ∼45%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
21313 Points ∼43% -4%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20111 Points ∼40% -10%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
18785 Points ∼38% -16%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
224.726 s * ∼3% -6%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
212.698 s * ∼3%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
210.067 s * ∼2% +1%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
178.464 s * ∼2% +16%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
572.296 Seconds * ∼3% -11%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
561.953 Seconds * ∼2% -9%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
514.374 Seconds * ∼2%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
498.33 Seconds * ∼2% +3%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
11935
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22305
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6006
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
73.72 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.16 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.84 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
112.2 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
743 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
156 Points
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System Performance

PCMark scores are high and very similar to other high-end gaming notebooks with Pascal GPUs like the Acer Predator 15. Our SKU also outscores our previous GL502VM likely due to the slightly faster Kaby Lake CPU and the NVMe SSD whereas our first unit was equipped with a SATA III SSD only.

Subjectively, the system was very responsive during testing and we experienced no notable issues related to software.

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%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
5109 Points ∼78% -6%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, LiteOn CV1-8B512
5088 Points ∼78% -7%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
4951 Points ∼76% -9%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4859 Points ∼75% -11%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, LiteOn CV1-8B512
7680 Points ∼83% +5%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
7332 Points ∼79%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
7095 Points ∼76% -3%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5171 Points ∼56% -29%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
4375 Points ∼47% -40%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
4967 Points ∼83%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
4741 Points ∼79% -5%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, LiteOn CV1-8B512
4692 Points ∼79% -6%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4060 Points ∼68% -18%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
3603 Points ∼60% -27%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4967 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
7332 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5447 points
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Storage Devices

M.2 SSD between the internal battery and system fan
M.2 SSD between the internal battery and system fan

A total of two internal storage bays are available with the M.2 2280 NVMe slot and the 2.5-inch SATA III bay. Our test unit is equipped with a primary 250 GB NVMe Samsung SSD 960 EVO and a secondary 1 TB Toshiba HDD. RAID configurations are not supported on the GL502VM.

AS SSD and CrystalDiskMark results show the NVMe SSD performing as expected with sequential read and write rates each averaging about 1600 MB/s. In comparison, SSDs limited by the SATA III interface are just a fraction of the speed at up to about 500 MB/s on the same benchmark tests.

See our table of SSDs and HDDs for more benchmark comparisons.

AS SSD (Primary SSD)
AS SSD (Primary SSD)
CDM (Primary SSD)
CDM (Primary SSD)
CDM (Secondary HDD)
CDM (Secondary HDD)
HD Tune (Secondary HDD)
HD Tune (Secondary HDD)
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
 
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
Eurocom Tornado F5
Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
LiteOn CV1-8B512
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-61%
7%
-58%
-0%
Write 4k QD32
542.1
168.3
-69%
634
17%
273.8
-49%
384.4
-29%
Read 4k QD32
651.6
257
-61%
744.4
14%
290.9
-55%
464.4
-29%
Write 4k
152.4
93.03
-39%
180.6
19%
72.93
-52%
153.2
1%
Read 4k
56.81
21.81
-62%
55.94
-2%
27.69
-51%
52.34
-8%
Write 512
1115
417.3
-63%
966.7
-13%
433.7
-61%
1288
16%
Read 512
862.9
409.1
-53%
715.3
-17%
355.3
-59%
1279
48%
Write Seq
1477
442.7
-70%
1724
17%
449.7
-70%
1292
-13%
Read Seq
1747
530.2
-70%
2145
23%
516.5
-70%
1973
13%
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
Sequential Read: 1747 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1477 MB/s
512K Read: 862.9 MB/s
512K Write: 1115 MB/s
4K Read: 56.81 MB/s
4K Write: 152.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 651.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 542.1 MB/s

GPU Performance

3DMark benchmarks rank our GTX 1060 in the Asus about 10 to 15 percent faster than the Maxwell GTX 980M. Our reference GTX 1060 Founder's Edition desktop card, however, is another 15 percent faster in raw performance than our mobile GTX 1060. Moving up from the recently announced GTX 1050 to the GTX 1060 will bring a performance boost of over 100 percent.

See our reviews on the GTX 1060 and the Pascal series for more technical information and data.

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
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K
5120 Points ∼51% +102%
Eurocom Tornado F5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K
3996 Points ∼40% +58%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
2893 Points ∼29% +14%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
2534 Points ∼25%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
2299 Points ∼23% -9%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
1061 Points ∼10% -58%
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K
10382 Points ∼63% +93%
Eurocom Tornado F5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K
8168 Points ∼50% +52%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5369 Points ∼33%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
4623 Points ∼28% -14%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
2577 Points ∼16% -52%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
2459 Points ∼15% -54%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K
21781 Points ∼54% +95%
Eurocom Tornado F5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K
17321 Points ∼43% +55%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
12984 Points ∼32% +16%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11186 Points ∼28%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
9608 Points ∼24% -14%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
5784 Points ∼14% -48%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
5421 Points ∼13% -52%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
11160 Points ∼70% +30%
Eurocom Tornado F5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K
11099 Points ∼69% +29%
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K
10419 Points ∼65% +21%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8583 Points ∼54%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
8343 Points ∼52% -3%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7059 Points ∼44% -18%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K
28321 Points ∼56% +97%
Eurocom Tornado F5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K
23042 Points ∼45% +61%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
17401 Points ∼34% +21%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
14347 Points ∼28%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
12472 Points ∼24% -13%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7360 Points ∼14% -49%
3DMark 11 Performance
12492 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
123983 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
25389 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9588 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
5112 points
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Gaming Performance

Like the RX 480, the GTX 1060 targets gamers who want 60 FPS on their native 1080p displays. Users will be able to run most games on High to Extreme graphical settings while still averaging 60 FPS, albeit newer or more demanding titles like Mafia 3 or Batman: Arkham Knight will require lower settings for the same frame rate results. Our reference GTX 1060 desktop outperforms the GTX 1060 in the Asus notebook by about 10 percent on nearly all tested games.

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

Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Eurocom Sky X7E2
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
119.4 fps ∼100% +98%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
98 fps ∼82% +63%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
66.9 fps ∼56% +11%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
66.5 fps ∼56% +10%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
60.2 fps ∼50%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700K, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB
51.6 fps ∼43% -14%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
31.2 fps ∼26% -48%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Eurocom Sky X7E2
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
168.7 fps ∼100% +64%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
149.6 fps ∼89% +46%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
102.8 fps ∼61%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700K, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB
92.4 fps ∼55% -10%
Metro: Last Light - 1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x
Eurocom Sky X7E2
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
131.6 fps ∼100% +70%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
117.6 fps ∼89% +52%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
77.6 fps ∼59%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700K, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB
70.6 fps ∼54% -9%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
40 fps ∼30% -48%
Thief - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x
Eurocom Sky X7E2
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
125.5 fps ∼100% +71%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
73.4 fps ∼58%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700K, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB
65.4 fps ∼52% -11%
Batman: Arkham Knight - 1920x1080 High / On AA:SM AF:16x
Eurocom Sky X7E2
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
105 fps ∼100% +110%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
87 fps ∼83% +74%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
67 fps ∼64% +34%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700K, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB
52 fps ∼50% +4%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
50 fps ∼48%
Fallout 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
Eurocom Sky X7E2
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
133.7 fps ∼100% +90%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
107.6 fps ∼80% +53%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
77.1 fps ∼58% +10%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
70.4 fps ∼53%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700K, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB
59.7 fps ∼45% -15%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
33.9 fps ∼25% -52%
Ashes of the Singularity - 1920x1080 high
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
78.2 fps ∼100% +42%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
55.2 fps ∼71%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
28.6 fps ∼37% -48%
Doom - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
Eurocom Sky X7E2
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
144.2 fps ∼100% +40%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
136.5 fps ∼95% +32%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
103.3 fps ∼72%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
99.7 fps ∼69% -3%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
48.2 (min: 41) fps ∼33% -53%
Overwatch - 1920x1080 Epic (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:16x
Eurocom Sky X7E2
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
203.2 fps ∼100% +92%
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
160.5 fps ∼79% +51%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
116 fps ∼57% +9%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
106 fps ∼52%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
53.8 (min: 45) fps ∼26% -49%
Mafia 3 - 1920x1080 High Preset
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
66 fps ∼100% +51%
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
43.7 fps ∼66%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
22 (min: 19) fps ∼33% -50%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 102.8fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 77.6fps
Thief (2014) 73.4fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 50fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 60fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 70.4fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 60.2fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 55.2fps
Doom (2016) 103.3fps
Overwatch (2016) 106fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 43.7fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook with unrealistic loads to identify for any throttling or stability issues. When under Prime95 stress, the CPU is able to maintain a stable Turbo Boost of 3.3 GHz or 500 MHz above its base clock rate. Core temperature plateaus at a respectable 76 C.

Running both Prime95 and FurMark will cause CPU and GPU temperatures to stabilize at 92 C and 81 C, respectively. CPU clock rate drops to a reasonable 3.1 GHz, though its running temperature of over 90 C is alarming nonetheless. Thicker gaming notebooks that can afford beefier cooling solutions like the MSI GT73VR or Asus' own G752 series will see CPU temperatures stabilize well below the 90 C mark when under similar conditions. Fortunately, the GL502VM will not throttle even when subjected to extreme processing conditions.

Running Unigine Valley is more indicative of real-world gaming loads. When under such conditions, we can see the CPU and GPU stabilizing at 78 C and 71 C, respectively, with higher Boost clock rates for each.

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 56
FurMark Stress -- 1063 81 70
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.1 1000 - 1278 92 81
Unigine Valley Stress 3.6 1582 - 1620 78 71

Emissions

System Noise

(White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
(White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)

Twin fans and dual heat pipes are arranged in a symmetric layout for relatively equal cooling on both the CPU and GPU. The fans are always active no matter the workload at about 32 dB(A), but this is thankfully quiet enough to be easily ignored when browsing or during video playback. The fans are not sensitive to onscreen loads and will remain at their lowest operating states under WLAN or streaming loads.

Gaming will steadily bump up fan noise before settling at just over 48 dB(A). This is very loud and noticeably louder than competing notebooks under similar loads including even the MSI GS63VR and Acer Predator 15. Maximum load with both Prime95 and FurMark will induce a fan noise of just over 51 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle
32 / 32 / 32 dB(A)
Load
48.3 / 51.2 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: 30.8 dB(A)
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY
Eurocom Tornado F5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, LiteOn CV1-8B512
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Noise
-2%
-1%
-1%
5%
off / environment *
30.8
30
3%
29.4
5%
30
3%
30
3%
Idle Minimum *
32
35
-9%
33.3
-4%
31
3%
32
-0%
Idle Average *
32
36
-13%
33.5
-5%
35
-9%
33
-3%
Idle Maximum *
32
37
-16%
33.5
-5%
38
-19%
34
-6%
Load Average *
48.3
41
15%
44.2
8%
43
11%
37
23%
Load Maximum *
51.2
46
10%
52.5
-3%
49
4%
46
10%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Surface temperatures are very warm on the rear quadrants of the notebook while the frontal areas remain relatively cool when under heavy processing loads. The temperature maps below also show the WASD and NumPad keys remaining cool compared to the center area of the keyboard. The surface directly above the first row of keyboard keys can become very warm at 50 C to 60 C when under extreme loads, but this is thankfully away from the user's palms and fingers. In comparison, the thinner MSI GS63VR is warmer overall with a shallower temperature gradient than our Asus GL502VM.

Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Max. Load
 37.4 °C50.2 °C42 °C 
 25.6 °C43.4 °C25 °C 
 23.2 °C22 °C25.5 °C 
Maximum: 50.2 °C
Average: 32.7 °C
42 °C60.2 °C35.6 °C
26 °C54.2 °C23 °C
25.4 °C23.2 °C22.6 °C
Maximum: 60.2 °C
Average: 34.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  43 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

Sound quality from the internal B&O speakers are just average at their default settings. Our microphone measurements show a steady drop at lower frequencies to represent poorer bass reproduction especially when compared to the MSI GT72VR. Maximum volume is sufficiently loud for a small room with no noticeable static or major chassis vibrations, but its subpar sound balance will become much more noticeable in turn.

Asus GL502VM
Asus GL502VM
MSI GT72VR
MSI GT72VR
Dell XPS 13 9360
Dell XPS 13 9360
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.335.12532.931.83131.8324036.535.15032.428.9633328.98036.328.810048.32712561.52716052.924.820060.92425062.822.731563.32240069.521.250067.82163074.82080075.919.4100072.718.912507117.7160070.117.820006917.6250071.817.6315068.117.6400071.417.6500073.717.6630070.417.5800071.617.61000071.617.61250069.617.41600059.717.5SPL83.630.6N62.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.8Delta4.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
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
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

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

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Xotic PC version of the GL502VM consumes significantly more power than other systems with similar specifications. Simply idling on desktop will already draw about 40 W or about double of its competitors under similar conditions. The high power demand of the system is also directly responsible for the shorter battery life as shown in our next section.

Running 3DMark will draw about 110 W compared to 70 W to 80 W on the vanilla GL502VM or MSI GS63VR. Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will demand about 156 W from a power adapter rated for up to 180 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.75 / 1.09 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 38.3 / 40.5 / 42.2 Watt
Load midlight 110.4 / 155.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NY, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), LiteOn CV1-8B512, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
49%
24%
30%
39%
Idle Minimum *
38.3
10
74%
18
53%
18
53%
16
58%
Idle Average *
40.5
14
65%
24
41%
22
46%
19
53%
Idle Maximum *
42.2
19
55%
29
31%
30
29%
23
45%
Load Average *
110.4
82
26%
86
22%
77
30%
68
38%
Load Maximum *
155.7
118
24%
201
-29%
165
-6%
157
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Runtimes from Xotic PC notebooks are always significantly shorter than competing models from what we have seen. This may be due to software, utilities, or factory overclocking imposed by the reseller that the original manufacturer would not have otherwise performed. Our Skylake GL502VM test unit from Asus, for example, clocked in at over 3.5 hours in real-world WLAN use compared to less than 1.5 on our Kaby Lake Xotic PC unit. Even idling on desktop at the most power-efficient settings (Power Saver, minimum brightness, wireless disabled, and GPU to optimal power) will result in a runtime of just 1:44 hours.

Charging from near empty to full capacity will take 2 to 2.5 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
1h 44min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
1h 28min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 57min
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 64 Wh
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M, 41.4 Wh
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop),  Wh
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 65 Wh
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 64 Wh
Battery Runtime
110%
162%
139%
135%
Reader / Idle
104
339
226%
358
244%
315
203%
WiFi v1.3
88
158
80%
285
224%
210
139%
220
150%
Load
57
71
25%
114
100%
76
33%
87
53%

Pros

+ strong CPU and GPU performance
+ steady fan noise under low loads
+ G-Sync standard w/ no Optimus
+ FHD and UHD display options
+ NVMe SSD + 2.5-inch SATA III
+ GTX 1060/1070 options
+ easy serviceability
+ relatively thin
+ rigid chassis

Cons

- no 120 Hz/5 ms display options
- relatively soft keyboard keys
- loud fan noise when gaming
- no Killer WLAN options
- speakers lack bass
- no Thunderbolt 3
- short battery life

Verdict

In review: Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74. Test model courtesy of Xotic PC.
In review: Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74. Test model courtesy of Xotic PC.

Similar to our conclusions between the Skylake XPS 13 9350 and Kaby Lake XPS 13 9360, the Skylake GL502VM and Kaby Lake GL502VM are essentially interchangeable. Even gamers will be hard pressed to find any real-world performance advantages from the Kaby Lake update especially after considering that most modern titles are GPU bound and do not rely heavily on raw CPU performance. The Kaby Lake GL502VM would have been an easier recommendation if it had returned longer runtimes, cooler temperatures, lower power consumption, and quieter fan noise due to its brand new CPU. Unfortunately, our measurements don't show this to be the case at all.

The GL502 series is still a strong mainstream solution for gamers who may also be considering the MSI GE/GS series, HP Omen series, Lenovo Y series, or Dell Inspiron Gaming series. Hopefully Asus will add more features to the GL502 family in a future refresh beyond the simple CPU swap that we have here. Options such as Thunderbolt 3 or 120 Hz/5 ms displays or even software updates with better fan controls and power settings can go a long way for the GL502VM.

The GL502VM is attractive with a relatively light and sturdy chassis. It feels more barebones than it should, however, with more limited hardware options compared to the competition. Fan noise and battery life are particularly disappointing on our Xotic PC test unit and the new Kaby Lake CPU provides almost no gaming benefits over the Skylake SKU.

Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74 - 01/24/2017 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
82 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
63 / 81 → 77%
Weight
60 / 66 → 89%
Battery
53%
Display
87%
Games Performance
93%
Application Performance
96%
Temperature
85 / 95 → 89%
Noise
73 / 90 → 81%
Audio
70%
Camera
55 / 85 → 65%
Average
75%
85%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2017-01-25 (Update: 2017-01-25)
Allen Ngo
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.