ROG Strix G531 is one of the latest and most affordable Republic of Gamers device on the market right now. You can get a decent machine with a Core i7-9750H and a GeForce GTX 1650 for under a $1000! We were eager to see what type of cost-cutting has ASUS done in order to keep the price down on this device.
1. Remove the bottom plate
Getting inside this laptop is as simple as a pie. Undo all of the 11 Phillips-head screws that hold the bottom plate in place, and it will pop off by itself. This makes it effortless for you to unclip the rest of the clips with a credit card or plastic pry tool.
Speaking of cost-cutting – the battery department is the first place where you’re going to see it. Our unit was equipped with a 48Wh battery, which was far from enough. However, the laptop comes with a more generous 66Wh one. Keep in mind that before you do any type of upgrades you need to remove the battery connector. If you want to remove the battery itself, there are four screws (Phillips-head) you need to remove prior to taking the battery out.
In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.
For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.
3. Memory and storage
Memory and storage-wise we see a standard set-up – two RAM DIMMs able to take 32GB of DDR4 memory, an M.2 PCIe x4 slot, and a SATA slot. If you opt for no M.2 drive, there is the option for a 1TB SSHD (hybrid) drive.
4. Cooling system
ASUS is very proud with its cooling system on its official web site, however, the design itself is nothing special. It uses two heat pipes to cool off both the CPU and the GPU, by spreading them in different directions. ASUS state that the fans are sucking air not only from the bottom of the laptop but also from the ventilation holes on top of the device. In theory, this should lead to higher airflow, while at the same time, the noise coming from the fans is significantly reduced.