For starters, we don’t quite agree that this is the real thickness of GL502. Our micrometer says 25.00 mm for the back and 24.03 mm for the front, and keep in mind that it has a resolution down to a thousandth of a centimeter or 1/2540 of the inch. 0.53-1.50 mm isn’t much (0.05 mm is the thickness of a human hair) so instead of complaining, let’s jump to the cooling tests.
We used Rise of the Tomb Raider on Max graphics settings for our torture test, so that we could check if GL502 will have problems after over two hours of non-stop gaming. The GPU load held at ~97% the entire time, while the CPU was at ~30%, and their temperature was around 80°C.
ASUS GL502 didn’t have any problems cooling the system and it kept the frame rate stable for more than two hours – 38 FPS. However, we should note that our model has GTX 970M and we haven’t tested what the situation would be in a configuration with GTX 980M. The GTX 980M variant has more room for the airflow – the body is 30.1 mm thick, so the results could be even better.
GTX 980M has 25% higher TDP than GTX 970M (125W vs 100W), so there’s no way to fit that monster in a 24 mm body with the same cooling system.
Stay tuned for our upcoming in-depth review where you’ll find many more tests, including a detailed temperature analysis.
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