Inside ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE – disassembly, internal photos and upgrade options

Unlike the previous models from this lineup, the GL553VE doesn’t have a dedicated service cover for your commonly upgradeable hardware. However, the disassembly is fairly easy but tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing.

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1. Removing the backplate

First, make sure you’ve removed all the screws around the edges and then gently pry up the silicone cap in the middle of the plate. Under it, you will find another screw that you need to remove before prying up the whole backplate. You can see how it looks in the photos below.


2. Storage

It has become a standard for laptops at this price range to feature an M.2 SSD slot beside the standard 2.5-inch drive. In our case, the 2.5-inch HDD is manufactured by HGST with 1TB capacity and spinning at 7200 rpm. As for the M.2 SSD slot, it supports PCIe NVMe-enabled drives in 2280 size. Our unit, however, came with a standard M.2 SATA SSD, which is kind of disappointing because of the relatively high price of the machine. Anyway, the chip is manufactured by SK Hynix and it offers 256GB capacity.

3. RAM, Wi-Fi module and battery

The RAM chip slots hide under a black tape, which aids in dispersing the heat more easily. They are right next to the M.2 SSD slot and our unit came with a 16GB SK Hynix DDR4-2400 chip installed leaving the other slot free for an upgrade.

The Wi-Fi card can be found right next to the optical drive and it’s Intel 7265NGW.

The battery is located in the upper part of the chassis right between the screen hinges. It’s rated at 48Wh.

4. Cooling system

The cooling system’s design remains practically the same for over three or four generations of N and G-series ASUS laptops. Two heat pipes connecting the CPU and GPU heatsinks and then leading to a big cooling fan. While the cooling design has worked before, we’ve now noticed a slight CPU throttling under heavy load so keep this in mind when considering the longevity of the system.

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And here’s the full review of the notebook.

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lmarques1979
5 years ago

How can I replace the keyboard module ? I opened my notebook last week , because I bought a new keyboard module to replace , but I didn’t find out how to change the keyboard module. In another models is pretty simple…….. I already research in the internet but for this model I didn’t find any howto explaining that……If you know can you help with that ?

Thanks in advance

Tim B
4 years ago
Reply to  lmarques1979

Hello, were you able to replace the keyboard? I am also planning to DIY repair mine because some keys are broken easily. Service center repair cost too much. Thank you in advance!

Alex
Alex
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim B

Did you manage to figure out how to get to the keyboard?

Lovre
Lovre
4 years ago

Does replacing the hdd with a ssd void the warranty? IS there a sticker somewhere on the back plastic cover or the hdd cage?

Nicolas
Nicolas
3 years ago

hello, i need to know the model of screws are used to to keep the cooler on procesors, those 8 screws… i need to know the model..

noah
noah
3 years ago

Hi, is the cpu module replaceable? Recently, I broke my integrated graphics card and it doesn’t work anymore. When I install graphics card driver for my laptop it always fail. It happened when windows 10 is installing some updates in the background. After that, the screen flickers and having no display on the screen. Even I restarted my pc it just flickers. So I decided to re install my windows thinking the problem was on my recent updates of windows 10. But still the screen flickers when windows is updating my graphics driver. So, i did some troubleshooting. So loaded… Read more »