Amongst all ROG Zephyrus devices, the GA502 is probably the most controversial one. Not only does it come in a combination with AMD processor and NVIDIA graphics card, but the latter is greatly affected by the integrated GPU and its drivers.
1. Remove the bottom plate
So, the Zephyrus GA502 is not the easiest laptop to disassemble. There are 15 Phillips-head screws scattered along with the bottom plate. On the bright side, you don’t need to do any gymnastics switch the notebook upside down a couple of times, as with the Legion Y540 for example. Additionally, the screw on the bottom right corner (as seen on the image) stays attached to the plate and acts as leverage, so you can start the prying process from there.
Inside, there is a hefty 76Wh battery pack. This should provide a decent battery life, shouldn’t it?
3. Memory and storage
This device comes with 8GB of DDR4 memory soldered to the motherboard, while an additional SODIMM slot offers you to put 16GB more for a total of 24GB that work in the dual-channel configuration. As of the storage options, ASUS was kind enough to include two M.2 SSD slots, although they are limited at PCIe x2 speeds.
4. Cooling system
Lastly, let’s take a look at the cooling. It consists of three heat pipes – two of them cool both the CPU and the GPU, while the third one is dedicated to the VRMs and the video memory. As you can see from the image below, there are also three heatsinks, directing the air from the fans to three directions.