The GL504 is the most recent masterpiece by ASUS. Because of the new HyperCool Pro technology we simply couldn’t wait to get inside it.
1. Removing the bottom plate
We were delighted to see that the GL504 was way easier to open, as we still remember how tedious it was to open the GL503. You need to unscrew the 12 screws and carefully remove the bottom panel using a credit card or something similar, but be careful because the two screws at the two front edges of the bottom are different from the other nine.
The GL504 has two DDR4 slots with a supported frequency of 2666Mhz. Once you have removed the backplate the slots are exposed.
3. Battery and Storage
This laptop boasts a 66Wh battery (you can read more in our detailed review), which compared to the previous model isn’t that much of a difference. Removing the battery is probably the hardest part of the whole laptop disassembly. You have to unscrew the five screws and carefully remove the connector, we would suggest a flathead screwdriver and some patience.
Right next to the battery is the 2.5″ HDD/SSD slot and on top is the M.2 slot with PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe support (M-key). Our laptop featured a Toshiba THNSN5256GPU7 PCIe NVMe SSD (you can see if your laptop is m.2 SSD compatible in our SSD compatibility list)
4. Cooling system
As usual, the CPU/GPU are both connected to the same heat pipe and each chip has a fan of its own. We didn’t see anything unusual, so we assume that HyperCool Pro is an ASUS secret. The process of changing the thermal paste will be easy, all you need to do is unscrew the screws holding the heat pipes and carefully remove the heatsink.