Asus G502VMK laptop with GTX 1060 £999 @ AO (possible £100 cashback)
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Asus G502VMK laptop with GTX 1060 £999 @ AO (possible £100 cashback)

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Found 27th Aug 2017
Decent deal this for an Asus GL502VMK with i5 7300, 3GB GTX 1060 and 12GB RAM. Also has 128GB SSD and 1tb HDD. It also has Nvidia G-Sync too and the screen is IPS.

This is a full GTX 1060 and not the slower MaxQ design.

Should be a decent 1080p gaming laptop.

£999 with £100 cash back plus quidco.
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£899 after £100 cash back.....
An absolutely stonking deal! Happy to vote this hot. Definitely better than the Lenovo Y520, £899 deal I posted (the G-Sync screen and two year warranty outweigh the drop down from the i7 to the i5).

Here's a good review (albeit for the older generation i7)...

notebookcheck.net/Asu…tml

Here's some blurb on exactly the same model on Overclockers which provides a bit more detail on the specs...

overclockers.co.uk/asu…tml

Is it me or are gaming laptops suddenly dropping in price? There have been a spate of machines on HUKD that seem to be setting new records for what you can get for your money?
Edited by: "Joe90_guy" 27th Aug 2017
Joe90_guy23 m ago

YubaseAn absolutely stonking deal! Happy to vote this hot. Definitely …YubaseAn absolutely stonking deal! Happy to vote this hot. Definitely better than the Lenovo Y520, £899 deal I posted (the G-Sync screen and two year warranty outweigh the drop down from the i7 to the i5).Here's a good review (albeit for the older generation i7)...https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Strix-GL502VM-Notebook-Review.187341.0.htmlHere's some blurb on exactly the same model on Overclockers which provides a bit more detail on the specs...https://www.overclockers.co.uk/asus-rog-gl502vm-fy410t-nvidia-gtx-1060-3gb-gddr5-15.6-fhd-ips-intel-i5-7300hq-gaming-laptop-lt-24g-as.htmlIs it me or are gaming laptops suddenly dropping in price? There have been a spate of machines on HUKD that seem to be setting new records for what you can get for your money?


For the most part they are the models which they put some horrendous screens in that nobody wants to buy.
A quickie YouTube review here (from an American with absolutely perfect teeth)...


One thing I didn't realise is that with a G-Sync screen, you lose NVidia Optimus. This isn't a biggie for me as my laptop hardly ever gets disconnected from the wall socket but you will see a drop in battery life if you use your lappie on the move.

Oh, and it was nice that the reviewer said there was no throttling on this machine.
Edited by: "Joe90_guy" 27th Aug 2017
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EagleUK11 m ago

For the most part they are the models which they put some horrendous …For the most part they are the models which they put some horrendous screens in that nobody wants to buy.

The screen in this machine is superb one of the better 1080 panels I have seen tbh.
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Joe90_guy11 m ago

A quickie YouTube review here (from an American with absolutely perfect …A quickie YouTube review here (from an American with absolutely perfect teeth)...[Video] One thing I didn't realise is that with a G-Sync screen, you lose NVidia Optimus. This isn't a biggie for me as my laptop hardly ever gets disconnected from the wall socket but you will see a drop in battery life if you use your lappie on the move.Oh, and it was nice that the reviewer said there was no throttling on this machine.

Nope no Optimus so battery life is not the greatest. Not seen any throttling yet either it does get a bit noisy but nothing more than expected for a relatively slim 15" laptop with this hardware inside.
f1refox4 m ago

The screen in this machine is superb one of the better 1080 panels I have …The screen in this machine is superb one of the better 1080 panels I have seen tbh.


I didn't say it wasn't?
Something I picked up from the YouTube video below is that the G-Sync refresh rate of this screen is just 60 Hz; not the 120 Hz you see on more high-end screens. It doesn't bother me but if this is a big deal to you, be aware...

There's usually someone on these threads who asks if the laptop in question can do video editing. Well this guy, who video edits more than he games, did some tests versus his old 980M laptop and the GL502VM did very well indeed. So I guess the answer is yes...

I've been looking at this since you pointed it out yesterday on the other thread @f1refox
Just be aware that the 17" version i had overheats like crazy to the point where it hits over 90c for the GPU and throttles heavily.

The build quality is also trash, but may be a bit more sturdy on the 15".
Hot as f*ck.
Joe90_guy4 h, 49 m ago

An absolutely stonking deal! Happy to vote this hot. Definitely better …An absolutely stonking deal! Happy to vote this hot. Definitely better than the Lenovo Y520, £899 deal I posted (the G-Sync screen and two year warranty outweigh the drop down from the i7 to the i5).Here's a good review (albeit for the older generation i7)...https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Strix-GL502VM-Notebook-Review.187341.0.htmlHere's some blurb on exactly the same model on Overclockers which provides a bit more detail on the specs...https://www.overclockers.co.uk/asus-rog-gl502vm-fy410t-nvidia-gtx-1060-3gb-gddr5-15.6-fhd-ips-intel-i5-7300hq-gaming-laptop-lt-24g-as.htmlIs it me or are gaming laptops suddenly dropping in price? There have been a spate of machines on HUKD that seem to be setting new records for what you can get for your money?

I have the older i7 model (502vm) with the 6gb 1060 card and it is awesome. Plays everything at high or max settings at 1080p. VR is flawless!

This machine has 12gb of Ram while the older 502vm has 16gb but then you get 128gb ssd card which I didn't get initially.

So this is cheaper because less less powerful CPU, less Ram and less VRam but this still looks like a good deal for way less than 1000 pounds.
Edited by: "Enet" 27th Aug 2017
Enet13 m ago

I have the older i7 model (502vm) with the 6gb 1060 card and it is …I have the older i7 model (502vm) with the 6gb 1060 card and it is awesome. Plays everything at high or max settings at 1080p. VR is flawless!This machine has 12gb of Ram while the older 502vm has 16gb but then you get 128gb ssd card which I didn't get initially.So this is cheaper because less less powerful CPU, less Ram and less VRam but this still looks like a good deal for way less than 1000 pounds.


Can you confirm something for me please? Is your screen a 120 or 60 Hz G-Sync screen? The second YouTube clip said 60 but the other sources for this specific model (but sadly not AO.com) clearly state it's 120. Thanks.
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The RAM is 2400Mhz on the VMK.

The screen is 60Hz not 120Hz it's G-Sync and tbh a very nice screen. Very bright and vibrant colours.

No throttling it does get fairly loud but nothing unusual. Running Asus real bench stress test the CPU maxes at 80.c and the GPU 76.c so well within thermal limits.

I have tried quiet a few games and all run very well apart from Horizon 3 which runs like a dog at anything over 30fps but that's the game not the laptop.
Edited by: "f1refox" 27th Aug 2017
f1refox7 m ago

The RAM is 2400Mhz on the VMK.The screen is 60Hz not 120Hz it's G-Sync and …The RAM is 2400Mhz on the VMK.The screen is 60Hz not 120Hz it's G-Sync and tbh a very nice screen. Very bright and vibrant colours. No throttling it does get fairly loud but nothing unusual. Running Asus real bench stress test the CPU maxes at 80.c and the GPU 76.c so well within thermal limits. I have tried quiet a few games and all run very well apart from Horizon 3 which runs like a dog at anything over 30fps but that's the game not the laptop.


Thanks.

Another question if I may? Is the warranty 12 or 24 months? According to AO.com it's 24 but the same laptop on Amazon says 12 months. Reading the small print on the ASUS website, you have to look for the sticker on the back of the machine which defines what the warranty period is. I just checked my old ASUS and it says 12M which I presume means 12 months.

Thanks in advance.
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Joe90_guy8 m ago

Thanks.Another question if I may? Is the warranty 12 or 24 months? …Thanks.Another question if I may? Is the warranty 12 or 24 months? According to AO.com it's 24 but the same laptop on Amazon says 12 months. Reading the small print on the ASUS website, you have to look for the sticker on the back of the machine which defines what the warranty period is. I just checked my old ASUS and it says 12M which I presume means 12 months.Thanks in advance.

It has 24m on the back so it's 2 years.

Also worth noting the supplied SSD is Sata but this machine supports PCI-e NVME drives as well if anyone wanted to swap to something quicker.
Edited by: "f1refox" 27th Aug 2017
Excellent gaming laptop if you can get it for <£900.

Not quite for me (would rather go for the proper Max-Q version of this) but nevertheless a nice laptop (if you don't mind the noise/heat).
f1refox30 m ago

It has 24m on the back so it's 2 years.Also worth noting the supplied SSD …It has 24m on the back so it's 2 years.Also worth noting the supplied SSD is Sata but this machine supports PCI-e NVME drives as well if anyone wanted to swap to something quicker.


Many thanks for being so helpful.

I am now going to spend the next 24 hours agonising whether to spend £900 on something I don't actually need but do rather want!

I am sort of thinking that at some stage, when Brexit becomes the true nightmare it was always destined to be, the pound is going to drop like a stone, so it might be wise to buy a big ticket item (like a new laptop), now rather than later. Soooo tempted!!
Joe90_guy2 m ago

Many thanks for being so helpful.I am now going to spend the next 24 hours …Many thanks for being so helpful.I am now going to spend the next 24 hours agonising whether to spend £900 on something I don't actually need but do rather want! I am sort of thinking that at some stage, when Brexit becomes the true nightmare it was always destined to be, the pound is going to drop like a stone, so it might be wise to buy a big ticket item (like a new laptop), now rather than later. Soooo tempted!!

What games are you going to play?
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Joe90_guy19 m ago

Many thanks for being so helpful.I am now going to spend the next 24 hours …Many thanks for being so helpful.I am now going to spend the next 24 hours agonising whether to spend £900 on something I don't actually need but do rather want! I am sort of thinking that at some stage, when Brexit becomes the true nightmare it was always destined to be, the pound is going to drop like a stone, so it might be wise to buy a big ticket item (like a new laptop), now rather than later. Soooo tempted!!

No problem. Good luck deciding what to do.... lol
Enet40 m ago

What games are you going to play?


I'm a big fan of the Assassin's Creed games. Right now am playing AC Syndicate. On my current laptop, I can play it at 900p on high/very high settings (probably between 25 - 30 fps) but I suspect it would look rather prettier max'ed out on this Asus. After I finish it, it's probably GTA V and then Alien Isolation. I know a 1060 is something of an overkill for these games, but at £899, the price differential over a 1050/1050ti machine isn't that big and sensibly worth stretching the budget for.
striker333 h, 21 m ago

Just be aware that the 17" version i had overheats like crazy to the point …Just be aware that the 17" version i had overheats like crazy to the point where it hits over 90c for the GPU and throttles heavily.The build quality is also trash, but may be a bit more sturdy on the 15".

I'd agree with that, mine went to 94 degrees after 2 minutes of far cry 4. Asus says those temperatures are normal...
Joe90_guy1 h, 22 m ago

I'm a big fan of the Assassin's Creed games. Right now am playing AC …I'm a big fan of the Assassin's Creed games. Right now am playing AC Syndicate. On my current laptop, I can play it at 900p on high/very high settings (probably between 25 - 30 fps) but I suspect it would look rather prettier max'ed out on this Asus. After I finish it, it's probably GTA V and then Alien Isolation. I know a 1060 is something of an overkill for these games, but at £899, the price differential over a 1050/1050ti machine isn't that big and sensibly worth stretching the budget for.

1060 is not overkill for GTA V. It handles it very well at 1080p and plays with high settings and looks beautiful. But GTA V is one of the few games which the 1060 can't max out. Get a better card you will see even more.

If you are looking to play AAA games like GTA V then 3gb VRam is enough for now but for future games it may end up being a bottleneck.

lf not for the cashback I would recommend spending more (about 200+) on a 1060 6gb machine. But the cashback makes the decision more difficult.
Edited by: "Enet" 27th Aug 2017
striker334 h, 0 m ago

Just be aware that the 17" version i had overheats like crazy to the point …Just be aware that the 17" version i had overheats like crazy to the point where it hits over 90c for the GPU and throttles heavily.The build quality is also trash, but may be a bit more sturdy on the 15".

The 15" version doesn't have the overheating issues. But when playing games you wouldn't want it on bare legs as the laptop works overtime in pushing the heat out
This is a bit of a beast of a laptop for this price... So damn tempted but can't possibly justify it. 24 month warranty is just icing on the cake.

Should play all new games at 1080p with at least medium graphics, high on most. Reviews look good from a heat management point of view as well. Gets noisy when at full load but what laptop doesn't. Bit of a shame that the battery life takes a knock from the graphics card being always on, but ~3 hours is pretty reasonable anyway. SSD for Windows for a fast startup and quick loading, decent sized hard drive for games and music etc. Screen is supposed to be one of the nicer laptop ones. Processor is more than enough for gaming and more RAM than you could ever need. Good connectivity, reasonably sleek, 15" so portable, not overly ridiculous looking for a gaming laptop... pretty much hits every nail on the head in terms of a gaming laptop from my point of view. If only I had £900 spare.
Joe90_guy21 h, 15 m ago

An absolutely stonking deal! Happy to vote this hot. Definitely better …An absolutely stonking deal! Happy to vote this hot. Definitely better than the Lenovo Y520, £899 deal I posted (the G-Sync screen and two year warranty outweigh the drop down from the i7 to the i5).Here's a good review (albeit for the older generation i7)...https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Strix-GL502VM-Notebook-Review.187341.0.htmlHere's some blurb on exactly the same model on Overclockers which provides a bit more detail on the specs...https://www.overclockers.co.uk/asus-rog-gl502vm-fy410t-nvidia-gtx-1060-3gb-gddr5-15.6-fhd-ips-intel-i5-7300hq-gaming-laptop-lt-24g-as.htmlIs it me or are gaming laptops suddenly dropping in price? There have been a spate of machines on HUKD that seem to be setting new records for what you can get for your money?



8th gen Intel laptops should be coming out in a couple of weeks so I'd expect the 7th gen ones to be coming down in price across the board, great deal for this one with the 1060!
Which is the better? GTX 1060-3gb OR GTX 1060 maxQ-6gb???
How does this deal compare to the one below, sold by ASUS on Amazon?....... specs seem to be the same except you get a 256gb ssd instead of a 128gb but lose the hdd for £100 more....... which is the better deal?

amazon.co.uk/ASU…502
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Franky19711 h, 6 m ago

How does this deal compare to the one below, sold by ASUS on …How does this deal compare to the one below, sold by ASUS on Amazon?....... specs seem to be the same except you get a 256gb ssd instead of a 128gb but lose the hdd for £100 more....... which is the better deal?https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-GL502VM-FY173T-Kabylake-i5-7300HQ-Graphics/dp/B01MY76S5B/ref=sr_1_3?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1503926824&sr=1-3&keywords=asus+rog+strix+gl502#Ask

Having a 128GB SSD for Windows and 1TB for games I think is better. The 1TB drive is 7200rpm so perfect as a game drive. You could always swap out the 128GB SSD for a 256GB one if you wanted which would cost less than £100 and you could sell the 128GB. Otherwise both machines are the same.

It's worth noting that this machine has 24 months manufacturers warranty. The one on Amazon has 12.
Edited by: "f1refox" 28th Aug 2017
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aieri2 h, 51 m ago

Which is the better? GTX 1060-3gb OR GTX 1060 maxQ-6gb???

The max q will be slower compared to the normal 1060 it will run a bit cooler but not much. More V-Ram is nice but unless it's cheaper or similar price I would go for the faster card as it's likely the GPU will run out of performance before the V-Ram becomes an issue.
f1refox3 h, 22 m ago

The max q will be slower compared to the normal 1060 it will run a bit …The max q will be slower compared to the normal 1060 it will run a bit cooler but not much. More V-Ram is nice but unless it's cheaper or similar price I would go for the faster card as it's likely the GPU will run out of performance before the V-Ram becomes an issue.



Both £999. So I'm guessing that means get the maxQ-6gb over the 3gb.
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aieri1 h, 27 m ago

Both £999. So I'm guessing that means get the maxQ-6gb over the 3gb.

This deal has £100 cash back so £899. What is the rest of the spec of the max-q machine ?
Worth a read if you are considering
. Seems these overheat at stock and some are undervolting cpu to make it play nice. Not what you want for a gaming system. Would only get worse over time. Pity. Very nice spec machine.
Edited by: "Mugginz" 29th Aug 2017
Mugginz51 m ago

Worth a read if you are considering. Seems these overheat at stock and …Worth a read if you are considering. Seems these overheat at stock and some are undervolting cpu to make it play nice. Not what you want for a gaming system. Would only get worse over time. Pity. Very nice spec machine. [Video]


Was expecting a video on how to underclock the CPU. This one was better!
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Mugginz3 h, 24 m ago

Worth a read if you are considering. Seems these overheat at stock and …Worth a read if you are considering. Seems these overheat at stock and some are undervolting cpu to make it play nice. Not what you want for a gaming system. Would only get worse over time. Pity. Very nice spec machine. [Video]

Temps on mine are fine no undervolting needed.

It's a 15" relatively slim notebook with a desktop GPU so it's going to get warm when gaming the temps are well within the thermal limits.
Edited by: "f1refox" 29th Aug 2017
I've ordered this for a grand but will be £900 after cashback. Everywhere else is selling it for around £1200 so this really is a fantastic deal....... I just hope it lives up to expectations.
Looks like the cashback offer has now been removed. Was keeping my eye on this and wish I'd gone for it earlier now
Joe90_guy29th Aug

Was expecting a video on how to underclock the CPU. This one was better!

Oops. Fail copy paste. Link was meant to be a thread to Asus forums.
f1refox29th Aug

Temps on mine are fine no undervolting needed. It's a 15" relatively slim …Temps on mine are fine no undervolting needed. It's a 15" relatively slim notebook with a desktop GPU so it's going to get warm when gaming the temps are well within the thermal limits.

Good to know. Link was supposed to be to Asus forums, with details of users reporting that with various models. Will dig it up from my history when back from work later
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